Style Wins Award for University Installation

Style’s installation at Brunel University has been recognised at the prestigious AIS Contractors Awards.

Winning silver, the judges were impressed by the outstanding quality of the project, which included three different moveable wall systems in the same building.

For the main auditorium, Skyfold was chosen as the best option. This vertically rising moveable wall, housed in the ceiling cavity, lowers effortlessly into place at the push of a button. For the ground floor café bar, Stylefold 120 was chosen; a practical system perfect for canteens, community halls and school classrooms etc.

Yet the showpiece was the semi-automatic curved wall in one of the main halls reaching a height of 5.7 metres – a really stunning feature.

For this, DORMA Variflex was selected offering the University real ‘wow’ factor for students and visitors.

“We’ve now been recognised in the AIS Contractors Awards nine times,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, “with five gold awards to our credit and four silver.
“To consistently top these awards year on year is a huge testimony to the quality of our people, products and processes and we continue to inwardly invest in the very highest standards across everything we do.”

Style is the exclusive UK agent to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG offering an extensive range of moveable partitioning walls, for every application and room configuration. The firm recently celebrated its 100th UK installation of Skyfold at an event at Telefonica Digital’s offices in London, attended by more than 50 notable architects, contractors and end-user clients.

Having also announced, last year, the first ever UK EPD certification for moveable walls, Style offers the most sustainable partitioning wall solutions in the UK market. The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products.

EPD is important is because it is the pinnacle of product sustainability for anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM, LEED and SKA rating certification.

The firm is also accredited by Bureau Veritas to a UKAS standard for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

For more information, please contact your nearest Style office.


Demand for Servicing, Maintenance and After Care Grows

2013 has been the year when demand for Style’s moveable wall after care service has seen dramatic growth.

Across all market sectors including corporate, education, hospitality, religion, local authority and the health sector there has been a rising uptake in the after care service which includes scheduled servicing and preventative repair of moveable walls, as well as a call out service if problems arise.

“The growth in this area reflects a rising need by our clients to protect their investment in their moveable partitioning wall, and ensure it serves them for very many years,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.
“By investing in a scheduled after care service, covering routine servicing, inspections and repairs, organisations enjoy a far lower whole life cost on their moveable partitioning wall. In fact, a modest investment in an after care service is a small price to pay for the benefits of having a product that has the potential to last up to 25 years and beyond.
“Scheduled servicing is always the best solution because we can be pro-active in terms of replacing worn parts or spotting signs of wear and tear. It also keeps the wall’s acoustic integrity intact.
“However, damaged walls should also be repaired swiftly by a professional engineer because continued use can cause permanent damage and unnecessary expense. At Style we have teams of engineers located at our five regional offices dedicated to the servicing and repair of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic moveable walls.
“And it doesn’t matter who supplied the partitioning wall because we support you whether you operate a wall originally provided by Style or from any other supplier or manufacturer.”

For more information, please contact your nearest Style office.


Skyfold Videos Showcase its Versatility

A selection of videos were shown at Style’s 100th Skyfold installation event at Telefonica Digital, showcasing the versatility of this vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall.

To view the videos, and see Skyfold in action for yourself, please visit the Skyfold section of our web site and click on Product Videos.

“It’s one of those ‘seen to be believed’ products,” said Efrem Brynin, Style’s director of Skyfold sales, “which is why we received such incredible feedback at the event. “Perhaps what you don’t appreciate by watching the videos is the level of acoustic integrity these walls deliver.
“At the Telefonica Digital event we had large numbers of people in the conference room, and when the wall was closed it completely sealed each room with no sound being heard from either side.
“Another benefit of this product is the quality and range of finishes. Due to the panels being made separate to the wall mechanism, and attached on site, it allows far more flexibility in terms of design and you really can let your imagination run wild when deciding how you would like the wall to look.
“It can also cope with a range of room sizes and arrangements, including very high ceilings, large expansive floor space and stepped auditoriums.”

For more information, or to visit a completed UK installation to witness the product in action and appreciate the sound control performance, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Skyfold 100 Event a Huge Success

A gathering of 50 architects, contractors and clients were at Telefonica Digital’s offices in London to celebrate Style’s 100th UK Skyfold installation.

Awards were given to architects T P Bennett, who specified the wall, main contractor Overbury, and Telefonica Digital followed by a demonstration of Skyfold – the unique, vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall which is housed in the ceiling cavity.

In addition, recognition was given for the attendance of Roy O’Flanagan who was the first UK architect to specify Skyfold ten years ago and had the foresight to understand the benefits of what the product could offer as a space division product.

Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director said, “Telefonica Digital’s offices are a showpiece for modern working and productivity, and are designed with true innovative thinking.“Skyfold complements the working environment perfectly because it is also at the leading edge of forward thinking when it comes to creating flexible space.”

Telefonica has two operable walls in its conference room so that it can be expanded into one large space, or divided in two or three separate rooms , enjoying total privacy thanks to Skyfold’s incredible 51dB acoustic rating.

Because Skyfold is housed in the ceiling cavity, it is completely undetectable when you enter the room, maximising the entire floor space and gliding silently into place with the push of a button.

“The level of attendance at this event demonstrates how much interest there is in this innovative moveable wall solution,” said Julian.
“When we were first appointed as Skyfold’s exclusive UK agent ten years ago we knew it was an astonishing product, but we never imagined how dramatically demand would take off once awareness grew.
“We’re now specified for an additional 20 installations this year alone, interest is at an all time high and we are serving clients in a wide range of sectors including corporate, hospitality, local authority and education.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Wide Ranging Moveable Wall Solutions the Key to Success

In this month’s news the team at Style is heralding its 100th Skyfold installation at the Telefonica Digital building in London’s Regent Street.

Yet according to Style’s group finance director, Tony Enticknap, the company’s success is based upon its ability to find a solution for all projects and budgets, and its overall approach to business.

“We’ve grown steadily and consistently through some of the toughest economic conditions ever experienced,” said Tony, “and I put that growth down to us being resolute as a company that we will continue to invest inwardly in the best people, training, systems, processes, quality standards and work practices.
“On top of that we’ve also developed what I believe to be the finest range of moveable wall solutions in our sector, from simple folding walls which are ideal for community centres and village school classrooms through to hugely high profile projects such as our installation at the ExCel centre which was the largest in Europe.”

Style is the exclusive UK agent for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG offering such an extensive product range that a solution can be found whatever the requirement.

More importantly, companies choosing Style enjoy a high quality specialist that has won the AIS contractors gold award 5 times, is committed to sustainable solutions with the first ever UK EPD certification for its DORMA range, and is accredited to UKAS standards for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and BSOHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System which was an industry first for a moveable partitioning walls specialist.

The company’s web site also offers architects and specifiers an NBS specification service, and Style provides CPD seminars throughout the UK which enjoy outstanding feedback.

“We have remained firmly focused on developing a market leading proposition of the best people, processes and products,” said Tony. “And as we enjoy continued expansion it is rewarding that our inward investment, and unwavering commitment to quality, is acknowledged and appreciated by our clients.”


100th Skyfold is Only the Beginning

As Style celebrates its 100th Skyfold installation with a special event at the Telefonica Digital Building in London next month, Julian Sargent, group managing director, says this is just the beginning for this incredible moveable wall solution.

“We’ve installed 100 Skyfolds across the UK since becoming their exclusive UK agent,” said Julian, “and the more the awareness grows of this incredible partitioning wall, the more demand there is.”

Skyfold is a unique vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall with up to Rw 56dB acoustic rating which means meetings can be run concurrently with complete privacy. Housed in the ceiling cavity and operated by the push of a button, no-one would even know a moveable wall was in the room until activated.

It glides silently and effortlessly into place, and because it is housed in the ceiling it retains maximum floor and wall space. It also comes in a vast array of finishes and creates a breathtaking, yet hugely practical solution, for virtually any room size and ceiling height. It can also divide stepped auditoriums with ease, making this a truly ingenious solution for the creation of flexible space in any environment.

“We’ve had demand from market sectors including corporate, hospitality, education and local authority, “ said Julian, “mainly because this product sells itself.
“Once architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients see it in operation, and appreciate the wide-ranging benefits, we always get incredible feedback. “As a result, specifications are soaring and we see our 100th UK installation as just the beginning.
“Interest has never been greater, and we have some stunning examples of Skyfold in operation in places such as Deloittes, Hotel La Tour, Coventry University, Henderson Global Investors, Gensler Architects, Brunel University and Tuke School; all of which can be viewed on the case studies page of our web site.

For more information about Skyfold, please contact your nearest regional Style office.