Style’s service team brings 50 year old moveable wall back to full working order

Style’s UK-wide aftercare and service team has come to the rescue of a Midlands school whose moveable wall hadn’t been working for a number of years.

At 50 years old, and made from timber, the school’s concern was that it would have to be replaced. But Style’s technicians diagnosed that the problem was with the rollers along the bottom – many of which had seized due to old age and a lack of regular servicing.

Sjors Kuijs, Style’s service & aftercare director, explains that three options were presented to the school; one being to have a completely new moveable wall, this the more expensive choice, another to replace some of the seized rollers, yet this could mean that over time some of the others may begin to also seize, the third to replace all of the bottom rollers.

“We quickly agreed with the school that option three was by far the most cost-effective and practical,” said Sjors.

“We therefore removed one of the rollers and sent it to one of our engineering partners to make eight new ones. After all, this was a 50 year old wall and no parts were available from the original manufacturer.

“Once the new rollers had been made, our team then returned to the school to fit them.

“This was extremely complicated, because our engineers had to work out the wall’s antiquated and tricky stacking arrangement before the wall could be taken down, the new rollers added and the wall fixed back to the top track.

“It goes to show the importance of employing leading technicians for this type of work and how a yearly service protects the life of a moveable wall to keep it working.

“On this occasion, the school staff are over the moon, not only having saved a fortune but enjoying a working partition again that will serve them for years to come.”

For more information about servicing and repair, please contact your nearest regional Style office


Demand for fully automatic moveable walls continues to grow

Fully automatic operable walls are in higher demand than ever before according to Style - the UK’s leading moveable wall installation and aftercare provider.

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, whose latest fully electric installation was at the Mountsorrel Memorial Centre in Loughborough, explains that demand is growing year on year thanks to the wide range of advantages full automation brings.

“The benefits of choosing a fully automatic moveable wall are becoming far more widely recognised by architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients,” said Mike.

“Not only do they make it far easier to divide space, simply by pushing a button, they also remove any chance of operator error. This means panels are much less likely to be damaged by poor handling because there is no manual intervention.

“To divide a room in two, all you have to do is press a button and the wall moves into place, and the seals always expand to precisely the right pressure, ensuring excellent acoustic privacy.

“They also stop automatically if they detect an object in the way, re-trying once before waiting for the item to be removed.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA and Skyfold, both of which offer fully automatic solutions.

Skyfold is the hugely innovative, vertically rising acoustic moveable wall, housed in a ceiling cavity and descending effortlessly into place at the push of a button. Style has installed almost 250 Skyfolds in the UK.

DORMA produces the ComfortDrive automatic wall and, in the two years since its launch, sales have been phenomenal and already account for over 10% of Style’s DORMA sales.

“This is, without doubt, the way forward for creating flexible space in a whole range of sectors,” concluded Mike,” and we have seen demand from the corporate sector, education, local authorities, hospitality and many others.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office


Style’s partnership with Sunesis continues to grow

Since 2010, Sunesis has successfully delivered over 18,000 school places, on time and on budget, with every project receiving high customer satisfaction scores.

A joint venture between Scape Group and Willmott Dixon, offering school buildings delivered through an OJEU compliant framework to a tried and tested efficient process, clients are able to choose a building model that best meets their needs, then personalise it according to their preferences and requirements.

Flexible space is an important part of that personalisation process, and on the Keynes2 range of Primary schools, Sunesis customers benefit from the very best partitioning solution thanks to the partnership with Style, which is providing a DORMA Variflex moveable wall with a superb 55dB Rw acoustic rating.

When the partnership with Style was first announced, Tim Carey, product director at Sunesis, said, “Sunesis is a highly innovative and modern approach to building specification, offering a fixed cost, defined construction timescale and the benefit of a full Level 2 BIM model.

“Working with other forward-thinking, market leading businesses adds significant value to the overall Sunesis proposition and it is therefore essential that our supplier partners are able to guarantee quality, cost and delivery when their products are chosen by our clients.

“Style is a company we have known and respected for several years, and with whom we have always had a strong working relationship.”

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands, said, “Our ongoing investment in our people, processes, products and overall quality standards has resulted in us becoming a trusted partner to Willmott Dixon and Scape on this exciting venture.

“DORMA Variflex is a superb product, and a key advantage for schools is that the panel faces are easily detached from the frame whilst the panel remains on the overhead track. It means if one is damaged you only have to swap the affected panel face rather than replace the whole system, which can save a great deal of money.

“It’s also a hugely popular partitioning wall system that is simple to manoeuvre, enabling a room to be divided in two, or opened up completely, offering real flexibility in the way each school’s space is used.”

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For more information about Style’s range of moveable wall solutions, and for moveable wall servicing and repair, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


19 years of success for Style

Moveable wall specialist, Style, celebrates its 19th year in business this month having first opened its doors in April 1999.

Initially providing manually operated moveable, folding and partitioning walls within a 50 mile radius of its head office in Ferndown, Dorset, it is now the UK market leader, with 5 offices throughout the UK, a prestigious London showroom, the finest range of moveable wall solutions in the country and a national service and repairs team.

“We’ve come a long way,” said group managing director, Julian Sargent, “and that’s down to our commitment to the highest quality products, people, processes and systems.

“We now have the most outstanding portfolio of fully automatic, semi-automatic and manual moveable walls to suit any requirement or budget.

“Our UK-wide support team provides scheduled servicing and repairs of moveable walls, protecting their longevity, retaining their acoustic integrity and giving customers the best return on their investment.

“We are proud to have won the prestigious FIS Contractors Gold award nine times which, with five silver awards as well, means we have been acclaimed fourteen times in our nineteen years – an achievement that’s completely unprecedented.”

Style was the first company to launch operable wall products on the NBS National BIM Library, has an outstanding apprenticeship scheme investing in new talent, and is accredited to UKAS standards for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management systems and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

It also offers market leading environmental credentials with EPD certified products and the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation.

For more information about Style’s range of moveable wall solutions, and for moveable wall servicing and repair, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Style’s ‘working walls’ help create collaborative office space

Architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients looking to create more collaborative work space are turning to an ingenious ‘working walls’ innovation from Style.

As a specialist in the creation of flexible room design, Style has developed an imaginative ‘pivoting’ moveable wall system to accommodate collaborative office space cleverly and practically.

“Collaborative working is growing fast across UK businesses,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“Offering a more open and flexible work culture, it removes the usual barriers of meeting rooms, segregated work desks and cubicles - instead offering companies a space where individuals can cluster together, team up quickly on projects, share ideas and change their environment to suit the task in hand.

“As the UK’s leading moveable wall specialist, we developed a brand new concept to help deliver collaborative workspace – which we’ve aptly named, ‘working walls’.

“These are a cluster of individual moveable wall panels that can be used in isolation to create one simple screen, or pulled together for a wider temporary wall. Very simple to operate, and also acting as a magnetic white board, they can be moved into place, locked, and pivoted as required, which means they can swivel round during breakout sessions to share ideas with adjoining groups during brainstorms or impromptu gatherings.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office


Scheduled servicing becoming as normal with moveable walls as it is with cars!

In the same way that a car needs routine servicing to give years of trouble-free motoring, a moveable wall needs a regular inspection and service to minimise potential downtime, preserve the wall’s acoustic integrity and help you comply with health and safety regulations.

That’s the advice of Sjors Kuijs, Style’s service and aftercare director, who says the sharp uptake in service contracts reflects an appreciation by customers that regular scheduled servicing will extend the life of a moveable wall, and preserve its acoustic integrity.

“We have a national service and aftercare team, operating from our 5 regional offices,” said Sjors. “This means there are Style technicians local to you wherever you are in the UK. “Our service contracts include regular maintenance visits, during which our engineers will inspect, clean, lubricate and adjust all mechanisms and components in accordance with best practice. We can also replace any damaged or worn parts to avoid any recurring problems turning into serious issues.

“Over and above our service contracts, we also offer an emergency repair and breakdown service which includes repairing partitioning walls that Style didn’t originally install.

“Thanks to the professionalism of our team, we have clients whose walls have been operational for over 25 years, and we recently helped a school restore a 50 year old wall to full working order.

“For each new customer that enters into a service contract with us, we carry out a condition survey of the partition and provide a 5 year budget planner for any components that we feel could form a liability to the wall’s future reliability. This means our customers can budget ahead rather than have potentially high costs sprung on them out of the blue.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA and Skyfold, but can assist with any make of manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic moveable wall.

For more information, or to book a visit, please contact your nearest regional Style office