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


Style appoints service and aftercare director

Leading movable walls specialist, Style, has appointed a new service and aftercare director to develop its service and repairs business.

Sjors Kuijs joins Style from thyssenkrupp Elevator where he held various responsibilities for the company’s service business, and he brings with him extensive expertise in national service and support networks.

Style Partitions’ aftersales service has grown rapidly in recent years with moveable wall customers relying on scheduled servicing and repairs to ensure the smooth operation of their operable walls, protecting their acoustic integrity and ensuring their reliable operation for many years.

Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Sjors on board and he brings with him a clear vision as to how we will further develop our national service and repair network, giving customers first class service –whether it’s a routine visit or an emergency repair.”

Sjors Kuijs added, “It’s a real honour to join the UK’s market leading moveable walls provider. Style’s service and repairs business operates as a separate company so that it can focus purely on aftersales support – starting from the moment a new wall has been installed, but also supporting many older walls - even ones that Style didn’t originally install.

“As exclusive UK partners to DORMA and Skyfold, no other company apart from Style has the capability, skills or technology to service and repair these walls and, thanks to our five regional offices, we have engineers close by wherever you are in the country.”

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office or call Sjors Kuijs at Style’s Southern office on 01202 874044

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New Skyfold Zenith Premium fills a void

Skyfold has launched an innovative new development to its moveable wall range with a feature that gives ceilings a smooth finish.

Housed in the ceiling cavity when not in use, the Skyfold range of fully automatic walls all glide vertically and effortlessly into position at the push of a button, offering outstanding acoustic integrity and a wide range of finishes.

The new Zenith Premium system has a clever new feature which fills the void in the ceiling (where the wall is housed when not in use) giving a smooth finish to the ceiling when lowered, with no cavity on display and a flat acoustic seal.

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, said, “This is a very clever addition to the Skyfold range and will be popular with architects and specifiers looking to achieve really clean and smooth lines.

“When the Skyfold Zenith Premium has been lowered into place, the ceiling still appears untouched – as it hides the cavity where the Skyfold is housed.

“We anticipate a great deal of demand for this in company boardrooms and places where the moveable wall is an important showpiece within a room’s design and functionality.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold offering a complete design, installation and scheduled servicing solution.

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office