High Quality Advice Can Lead to Perfect Solutions

Companies providing moveable partitioning walls should always be challenged by architects as to whether a more suitable solution could be specified.

According to David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland, when an architect is determining the best operable wall solution for their client it’s always worth contacting the operable wall supplier to sense check that the optimum solution has been achieved.

“When we engage in conversation with architects during the specification process, we can often add a great deal of value by advising on alternative ideas or other options for consideration,” said David.
“And where we have long-term relationships with architects and specifiers we build up regular two-way dialogue to help them deliver increasingly better solutions over time.”

A good example is St. Joseph’s school in Dundee where there were concerns about installing a manually operated movable wall because the ceiling was so high, resulting in the panels being extremely heavy to move.

Through discussion, Style devised the first ever fully automatic, horizontally sliding wall that required no manual handling whatsoever.

Other instances include curved walls at Newcastle Student Union and Brunel University, and instances where more cost-effective, stylish or flexible room configurations have been agreed after Style brought new options to the table.

“We don’t see ourselves as suppliers and installers of products,” continued David, “as we have always positioned ourselves as a total solutions provider.
“As such, our best relationships are where we help with the design and specification process resulting in the architect’s vision being interpreted with the best moveable wall available.”

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


Style Renews its Level 5 Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation

Style has renewed its Level 5 Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation as part of a long-term commitment to deliver the very highest levels of quality to architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients.

The accreditation, which is a supplier pre-qualification and accreditation service for the UK construction industry, gives confidence to businesses that in choosing Style they are dealing with a pre-approved quality company for key performance areas such as H&S, environment, quality and sustainability.

Level 5 is the highest rating achievable, which further endorses Style’s quality having also won the AIS Contractors Gold Award for the last 4 years in succession.

“Style is all about quality products, processes and people,” said Tony Enticknap, group finance director, “and we have invested significantly over the years to be the very best in our sector.
“Last year we were 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 which was an industry first for a moveable partitioning walls specialist.
“And as sole UK distributors for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG movable walls, we have the highest quality products to complement our outstanding service and installation.
“Being able to offer quality across all aspects of our business is very important to our clients. In the construction industry, we are invariably part of a larger project team and the architects and contractors must have complete confidence that we will deliver on time, within budget and to the very highest standards.
“Over the years, we have developed an enviable reputation in the partitioning walls sector, which is why we are seeing the number of specifications soaring.”

For more information, or to discuss your next project, please contact your nearest Style regional office.


Style Sees Growth in Religious Sectors

Having completed a number of new installations at churches, synagogues and other religious buildings, 2011 ended with Style seeing a dramatic rise in demand for moveable partitioning walls within this sector.

Any building that is central to a local community is used for a multitude of purposes, and changing the space to cater for varying events throughout each week is important. It also saves on heating and lighting when larger areas are not required, and by sub-dividing space into multiple rooms means more events can be hosted concurrently which helps draw in more revenue.

“Our most recent projects are profiled as case studies in this newsletter, and both highlight how space can be cleverly used in religious buildings,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

Moveable partitioning walls not only enable space to be sub-divided, they can also enhance the aesthetics of a church, synagogue, mosque or other religious centre. Wood panelling is popular, as is glass to offer light and visibility, and there are a huge variety of choices to suit every need.

As sole UK distributors of DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, Style offers proven, market leading products supported by the level of service that has won Style the coveted AIS Contractors Gold Award for the last 4 years in succession.

“Whatever the requirement, we will be able to tailor a solution. We also have a great deal of experience of working within historic buildings which is seen as an important advantage when dealing with many churches where the main concern is the integrity of the building. Yet this is balanced with many very modern solutions for newer religious buildings.”

To discuss your movable wall requirements, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Style’s CPD Courses Enjoy Great Feedback

Style’s RIBA approved CPD courses on the topics of “Multi-functional space” and “Fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems” have been receiving excellent feedback.

The two 35-40 minute courses cover a broad range of areas; the first focusing on the creation of multi-functional space including design, structure, acoustic performance, finishes, health & safety and maintenance, and the second course purely about Skyfold – the only fully automatic, vertically rising acoustic moveable wall in the UK market, housed in the ceiling cavity.

In producing the CPD content, Style’s team has drawn from its extensive expertise and product knowledge as sole UK distributors of DORMA moveable walls, SWG and Skyfold, which offer some of the most innovative, flexible and stylish solutions in the market.

“We’re delighted with the reaction we’re receiving from our CPD courses,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.
“The moveable walls sector is moving quickly in terms of the demand for new and more innovative solutions, and expectations are also rising in terms of the variety of finishes and acoustic standards demanded by architects and their clients.
“At Style, I’m delighted to say that we are being increasingly specified because of our ability to meet these ever-growing demands, and it’s because we offer a modern way of thinking when it comes to sub-dividing space that we’re finding our CPD courses to be extremely popular.”

As five times winners of the prestigious AIS Contractors Gold award (4 in the last successive years), and IMS accredited 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, Style commands an enviable reputation in the moveable walls sector.

The CPD courses cater for a broad cross section of the industry, including corporate, education, hospitality, religion and health as well as many others.

For more information take a look at our CPD Courses or contact your nearest regional office.


The end of an Award Winning Year, and Exciting Plans for 2012

First and foremost, we’d like to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

2011 has seen unprecedented success at Style, winning the prestigious AIS Gold Contractors award for the 4th year in succession and being 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.

We also launched another RIBA CPD course on Multi-functional space, and as sole UK distributors for Dorma, Skyfold and SWG we’ve seen specifications for our moveable partitioning walls soar as an ever-increasing number of architects recognise the benefits of our product range and service proposition.

“We have a reputation for delivering quality products to extremely satisfied clients, and offering a complete solution which involves us working closely with specifiers from design to installation,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.
“We have also expanded our staff numbers this year, most recently with Louise Woods who joins our Northern office as an estimator. Louise’s appointment has enabled a redirection of staff resources to increase our CAD provision and pre sales technical support.
“And with a growing team of high calibre individuals we continue to strengthen the service, support and advice on offer to architects, specifers, contractors and end-user clients.
“In terms of products, the flexibility, simplicity of operation and aesthetic appeal offered by Dorma Variflex and Moveo continues to attract huge interest, and as the only fully automatic, vertically stacking wall in the market, Skyfold’s popularity is accelerating at a dramatic pace. Our range of folding room dividers also offers a versatile work space solution, and by offering such an expanse of high quality products we’re able to service every feasible requirement.”

To discuss a project for 2012, please contact your nearest Style office.


Skyfold Video Released of Recent Style Installation

At Style, we were so proud of our recent Skyfold installation at Melton Borough Council that we filmed it in action.

The short video clip shows the wall lowering smoothly from the ceiling cavity to the floor, demonstrating the significant benefits that this product offers.
To view the clip visit http://www.youtube.com/user/stylepartitions

“Through a turnkey solution, the wall glides effortlessly into position,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “This video captures how quick and easy it is to operate, discretely housed in storage pockets within the ceiling void.
“For any architects, specifiers or interior designers looking for something extra special, but also hugely practical, I would strong recommend this system.”

With a 51dB Rw rating, the acoustic performance also more than met the requirements of Melton Borough Council for this project, and with an extensive range or finishes Skyfold can be matched to any room design.

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