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.


Moveable walls offer Eco-efficiencies

Incorporating moveable partitioning walls into a well thought out design makes a significant impact on energy costs by effectively reducing areas being heated unnecessarily.

As well as offering flexible space by sub-dividing rooms, many organisations, particularly educational and public sector bodies seeking sustainable solutions and reduced costs, are seeing the benefits of reduced heating bills by installing an operable wall which results in not having to heat large halls and conference areas when not in full use; all of which has an impact on both the public purse and the environment.

“We recently reported a sharp rise in demand from the educational sector in particular,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director. “And we’ve also completed a number of installations in other public sector buildings too.
“I put this down to the fact that budgetary restrictions, and a growing desire for eco-efficiencies, is causing schools and colleges to look at how they can maximise their room usage, therefore rarely leaving rooms under-utilised, and also how they can save money by closing off areas that are not in use and therefore not having to heat or light them.”

As a 14001 Environmental accredited company, Style is the sole distributor for Dorma, Skyfold and SWG in the UK enabling it to offer an expansive range of extremely flexible solutions, from ceiling mounted vertically rising walls that allow complete use of floor space, through to glass walls and walls with a range of finishes that fit seamlessly into any room design.

“Conversations have moved towards efficiency gains of late,” continued Julian, “particularly as public sector bodies brace themselves for another hefty fuel bill this winter, which is why the advantages of sub-dividing space are growing in people’s minds.”

For information about our range of partitioning walls solutions, please contact your local Style office.


Style Expands Team with New Appointment

Stuart Hubball has joined Style as Sales Manager for the Midlands, further expanding the team as the business continues to enjoy record growth.

Well-known to architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients in the moveable partitioning walls arena, Stuart has worked in this sector for more than a decade and brings a wealth of experience.

“We’re delighted that Stuart has agreed to join us,” said Mike Fine, Style’s Director for the Midlands, “and he is a terrific addition to our very high quality team.

“The advice and support we offer our clients underpins our success, and Stuart has a very strong and broad understanding of our sector and its products, both from a technical and a solutions perspective. This is the perfect grounding when delivering moveable walls because it is vital to understand the detail of a project to be able to advise the right solution. Quality of advice is hugely important in creating long-term customer satisfaction.

“He also has very strong relationships across the industry and is very highly regarded, and I’m delighted that high quality industry professionals, such as Stuart, are choosing to join us at Style as our reputation continues to thrive.”