Demand for Style’s RIBA Approved CPD Seminars Rises

Demand for Style’s RIBA approved CPD seminars is on the up, as architects focus on vital training following the summer break.

According to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, there is often a surge in demand at this time of year as architects return refreshed from their summer holidays and reserve their places on the course.

An overview of the two seminars, which cover the topics of “Multi-functional space” and “Fully automatic vertically rising acoustic partition systems” can be accessed from Style’s web site, by visiting the “Architects Area” linked to via the tab at the top of the screen.

“We often experience heightened interest at this time of year,” said Mike, “because September through to the end of November is a key trading period with the number of projects increasing. This results in a hunger for new ideas and information about the latest moveable wall concepts, as well as innovative thinking when dividing space resulting in a surge in CPD demand.”

Style runs its seminars across the entire UK and has received outstanding feedback regarding the quality of its presentation and the content, and if anyone would like to request a CPD seminar on either topic simply contact your nearest Style regional office via the web site’s contact page.

“We have more than 200 years combined experience within our management team on the subject of partitioning walls,” continued Mike, “which means the quality of our seminars, and the knowledge we impart, is second to none.
“All attendees receive a full literature pack, a copy of the presentation on CD and Style’s acoustics check list – a very handy guide to ensuring installations meet the required acoustic standard.”

For more details please contact your nearest Style regional office, or download a PDF of the CPD content via the web site.


Style Launches Maintenance and After Care Service

Style has further extended its product and service portfolio with the launch of its moveable wall servicing, maintenance, repair and after care service. By routinely servicing and maintaining your partitioning wall, you can protect your investment, ensure its longevity and also keep its acoustic integrity intact.

“Scheduled servicing is by far the best long-term solution,” explained Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, “with some walls lasting for as long as 25 years.
“However, damaged walls, or worn parts, should also be repaired swiftly by a professional engineer because continued use can cause permanent damage and unnecessary expense.
“At Style, we have five strategically located regional offices with locally based engineers dedicated to the servicing and repair of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic moveable walls. They have always supported our clients with an after care service, however we took the decision to extend this into a stand-alone service provided either through planned service contracts, or ‘call out’ repairs.
“We can now also support you whether you operate a wall originally provided by Style or from any other supplier or manufacturer.”

Style recently won the silver award in the moveable partitions section of the 2012 AIS Contractor’s Awards, taking the company’s tally to eight top two places in the last nine years.

The company has also made significant investment in its people, quality systems and processes resulting in an outstanding reputation for the quality of its installations and service.

“Our team of engineers is of the highest calibre, and all receive continued training,” continued Julian. “This means customers benefit from on-site personnel who are highly experienced, extremely knowledgeable and can help ensure a partition’s life is extended which is far less expensive than seeking a replacement.”

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


Skyfold Open Day Impresses Architects

Architects, specifiers and contractors were wowed at a recent open day at the Hotel La Tour in Birmingham when Style demonstrated the benefits of Skyfold – it’s unique, vertically rising, acoustic partitioning wall.

Skyfold has seen specifications soar since its UK launch with its popularity growing rapidly with major corporates, schools, local authorities, the healthcare sector and churches.

“Skyfold has to be seen to be believed,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, “which is why we decided to host an open day to do just that.
“Once people see it in action it really is quite breathtaking. Not only because it sub-divides space with such ease whilst retaining full use of floor space, but also due to its acoustic qualities.
“During the demonstration, we had a large flat screen television with the volume on loud on one side of the room and having lowered the Skyfold into place everyone agreed that they couldn’t hear any sound interference coming through the wall at all. In fact, one guest even went round to the other side of the wall to check the television was still on.
“This makes it perfect for any environment where you are seeking to use space flexibly, are likely to be running different activities concurrently and want to be sure they will not disturb each other. In fact, Skyfold has so many attributes it really is a truly remarkable product, which is why it has been so incredibly popular across so many industry sectors.
“Since being showcased at the Hotel La Tour, we have taken further enquiries from organisations in the hospitality and leisure industry and expect this to grow significantly.”

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


More Honours for Style with another AIS Contractor’s Award

Style has won the silver award in the moveable partitions section of the 2012 AIS Contractor’s Awards, taking the company’s tally to eight top two places in the last nine years. From 2008-2011, Style enjoyed an unprecedented run of four consecutive Golds in an industry honour that all companies strive for, mainly because awards are allocated by independent judges who make an ‘on-site’ visit to a recent installation.

“It’s an incredible achievement to succeed yet again in the AIS awards,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “And to have had such a run of achievement over almost a decade reflects the tremendous quality of our people, products and processes.”

The award was granted after judges visited PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in More, London – a stunning location overlooking the Thames and the company’s new flagship European headquarters.

A combination of wood-effect DORMA Variflex and glass Moveo were installed in the client dining areas and main boardroom, both with semi-automatic operation, and for the main auditorium semi-automatic Variflex with sound absorption boards added to the high quality veneer to assist with the room acoustics. A full case study can be found in the Case Studies section of Style’s web site.

At the time, Paul Mason, Project Manager at Overbury said, “This was an immensely successful project and Style’s solution met PwC’s needs perfectly,” and from the silver award it is clear that the AIS judges agreed.


Craftsmanship is Key as Style is Chosen for High Profile Clientele

Style’s craftsmanship, attention to detail, service standards and project management are becoming key factors in the company being specified for many architects’ highest profile clients.

According to Julian Sargent, group managing director, when it comes to the top jobs for the top clients, nothing can be left to chance and Style’s quality sees them appointed time and again.

“All architects have their prize clients and when they require a moveable partitioning wall it is not only vital that the product is of the highest quality, the installation must be as well,” said Julian.
“For this reason, we’re more than often seen as the safest pair of hands due to our track record and award winning team, and through our in-house team we can also help with the design process to offer a range of solutions, all using market leading products, and looking at options not only to provide functionality but often a sense of panache as well.”

Style recently installed Dorma Variflex into the headquarters of global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

With a 55dB Rw rating and semi-automatic seal operation, the main feature of this moveable wall was its high-end stretch fabric and leather finish which had a chequered design to match the office interior. (Visit the Case Studies section of Style’s web site to read more).

“It takes phenomenal skill to install a system like this,” said Julian. “However we employ the finest technicians in the country and have spent many years investing in their training, and an overall culture within Style that quality is everything.”

Style has won the AIS Contractors Gold Award four years in succession and is accredited to UKAS standards 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, or to discuss your next project please contact your regional Style office.


Style Introduces New Skyfold Classic 55

Skyfold has launched a new vertically rising acoustic partitioning wall, adding to its market leading portfolio.

Building on the success of the Skyfold Classic NR and Skyfold Classic Elite, a new Classic 55 provides 55 STC (Rw 54dB) acoustic performance. This is achieved through improvements to the panels, and by using the end seals (with acoustic insulation) from the Elite system.

This is an exciting development for Style who is the sole UK distributor for the Skyfold range, and enhances the company’s overall proposition to architects, specifiers, contractors and end user clients.

“The new Classic 55 is an outstanding mid price, mid range product sitting in between the existing Skyfold Classic (Rw 51dB) and Skyfold Classic Elite (Rw 56dB),” said Efrem Brynin, Style’s Skyfold Product Manager.
“Ideal for boardrooms, conference centres, theatres and other rooms in the corporate, hotel, local authority or education sectors, a key feature is that it is particularly beneficial for larger walls, because it can be installed in rooms up to a height of 11 metres.”
The Classic 55 retains all the hallmarks of the Skyfold range, with pushbutton automatic activation, effortless and silent operation, and an extensive range of stunning finishes. To ensure clients receive products quickly and efficiently, also available is the Skyfold “Quick Ship Programme”.

For products with a standard factory finish, which includes fabric, vinyl, standard five Firestone coloured steels, stainless steel and Lampre writing board, delivery times can be accelerated for priority orders.

For more information about the new Skyfold Classic 55 or other products in the Skyfold range, please contact your nearest Style office.