2011-04-12

High Standards in the Corporate Sector Give Style the Winning Edge

For most major firms, their offices are a vital extension of their brand. The experience created for visitors and clients is an essential aspect of their whole proposition, and for major global organisations, in the most prestigious venues, there has to be a perfect blend of flexibility, comfort, functionality, acoustics and design.

As a result Style has seen a marked increase in its city centre movable wall installations in recent years, due to its extensive high quality product range which spans DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, complemented by Style’s outstanding reputation for the very highest standards of installation, customer care, advice and support.

“It is a huge endorsement of the quality of our products and people that when architects and interior designers demand more innovation, better products, more stylish results and when they cannot risk the project going wrong in any shape of form, they turn to us,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director.
“Because when you are dealing with the very largest organisations in prime locations, you are also dealing with the contractors, specifiers and designers’ key clients – and for these projects they need the best.
“Creating the right working environment and image for boardrooms, client dining areas, training rooms and auditoriums is also now far more demanding than it has ever been. Making a great impression is a key ingredient of gaining competitive edge – particularly in the financial, insurance and consultancy markets.”

Style has recently undertaken a broad cross section of projects with some of the biggest brands in the world, and its portfolio in City Centre locations continues to grow.

“When working with companies such as PwC, Pinsent Mason, Moody’s, Lockton Insurance and Henderson Global Investors you are expected to deliver the very best in the market place,” concluded Julian, “and by continuing to be earmarked for these prime installations means we are leading the way in every aspect of our product and service proposition.”

For more information, or to discuss your requirements with Style, please contact your nearest regional office.


2011-03-29

Offering the Perfect Finish

In the movable partitioning walls sector, demand is growing for far more choice in the quality of the ‘finish’.

And with an extensive product range spanning DORMA, SWG and Skyfold, Style excels in this area offering a wide range of colours, textures and finishes that create an outstanding end result across a multitude of market sectors.

“There is no doubt that expectations are rising all the time,” said Mike Fine, Style’s Director for the Midlands. “In the corporate environment, the aesthetic appeal of boardrooms, conference centres, training facilities and other meeting areas is a reflection of a company’s overall image.

“In the hotel sector, the complete look of a partitioning wall is equally important as its flexibility and ease of operation. It becomes a showcase piece. “And in schools, colleges and other public facilities, the style has to reflect the environment its in.”

Recent installations by Style have included a stretched textile finish, a carved panel effect, and partitions coated as white boards so that the entire wall could be used for training notes.
“As a firm that takes pride in the quality of product, installation, operation and finish, this has become a very important aspect of our approach,” said Mike. “Architects, specifiers and commercial interior designers often come up with great ideas or turn to us for something different, and I’m delighted to say that we have always been able to keep ahead of our sector in this area.”

If you have a project which requires something different or special, please contact your nearest Style office.


2011-03-04

Production Capability and High Quality Control

Production capacity is essential when deadlines are tight and materials need to be on site, on time and in perfect condition. Which is why, as sole UK distributors for DORMA, Style’s clients benefit from the vast capability of DORMA’s European manufacturing plant which produces 1000 metres of moveable wall panels per week, and up to 150,000 globally per annum.

“Any contractor, specifier, architect or client will tell you that there’s nothing more frustrating than time slots being missed either because a product is still at the factory, or it has been delivered in poor condition and will take weeks to get another one made,” said Julian Sargent, Group Managing Director of Style.
“This is why it’s very reassuring to have DORMA’s vast capability behind us which not only means they have the ability to produce very large volumes of units, they can also respond quickly if, for example, a panel is damaged in transit. “When construction schedules have changed, we have also been able to request early delivery and they are extremely co-operative when production timings are squeezed.”
As well as production capacity, DORMA has also invested significantly in ensuring products are made to the very highest quality, minimising defects.
“We have extremely close relationships with their factories in Belgium and Germany, which offer fully automated processes and complete quality control procedures,” continued Julian. “As a result, we maintain very strong delivery schedules with panels arriving in perfect condition, which results in a great deal of project efficiency for our on-site teams and our customers.”

For more information about DORMA’s product range, to receive a full working sample or to discuss your next project please contact your nearest Style office.


2011-02-20

Style Launches Acoustic Checklist to Help With Product Specification

Style is committed to offering the very highest quality of advice regarding acoustic performance, as well as only supplying market leading products. As part of this we have launched a new “Acoustics Check List” – a simple ‘ready reckoner’ that will help ensure you select the right product to meet your acoustic requirements.

“Acoustics is such an important issue to most companies looking for a partitioning wall,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director. “Only once a product is in situ can it’s true acoustic performance be measured, which is why it’s important to know what questions to ask, what checks to make and what to look out for during the specification process.”

Style’s Check List asks the following key questions:

1. Is the manufacturer clearly mentioned in the quotation, accompanying sales brochures and other supporting documents?

It is vital that you know this to ensure long term maintenance and repairs are possible

2. Has an acoustic test certificate been provided and does it have the manufacturer’s name on it?

The legitimacy of this document should be established at the outset

3. Has the manufacturer authorised that the certificate can be used to support the product that has been offered?

Even though a certificate has been produced – it is invalid unless the testing manufacturer confirms it can be used by the particular supplier

4. Does the acoustic test certificate clearly state the name of an independent laboratory and that the product has been tested to the latest standards;
BS EN ISO 140-3:1995 or BS 2750-3:1995?

[Building Bulletin 93 requires this – also this test standard ensures that the tested product is in fact a folding wall that is operated before it is tested – don’t rely on “on site” tests, every site is different however laboratory tests are to a standard]

5. Is the test certificate supplied for the product that is being offered?

For instance, if a “semi automatic” system is offered then a test certificate for a “semi automatically” operated system should be supplied- not a “manually” operated wall test as the seal pressure may be different

“We’ve given this check list to a number of companies so far – all of whom have said how helpful it is in clarifying the whole issue of acoustics,” continued Julian. “Because if you follow these 5 questions you shouldn’t go too far wrong, not only in determining the right product but the right supplier as well.”

You can download a copy of Style’s Acoustic Check List from the Acoustics section of the web site or email your local Style office and they will be pleased to send you a copy.

For information about a project which requires acoustic integrity, please call us and we will be pleased to offer advice and guidance.


2011-02-02

New Skyfold Video Demonstrates Ceiling Mounted Partitioning

If you’ve never seen Skyfold’s vertical folding wall in action this latest video is well worth watching. Because this product never fails to deliver the ‘wow factor’!

Watch the video

As a ceiling mounted, fully automatic partitioning wall operated by a simple turnkey the specification of Skyfold has soared in recent years as it offers such a simple and stylish solution to sub dividing rooms. And because it is housed in the ceiling, it maximises space efficiency.

“Specifications of Skyfold have rocketed,” said Efrem Brynin, Style’s Director of UK Skyfold Sales. “The main increase coming from businesses in city centre locations looking for something stylish, acoustically sound and easy to operate for conference facilities, training rooms and other meeting areas. However, as the video shows it has applications for all types and sizes of rooms – from schools to airports.”

As sole UK distributor of Skyfold, Style has an outstanding reputation for delivering extremely high quality installations, and recent projects include some of the most prestigious multi-national businesses whose headquarters are in London.

“For any architect, specifier or main contractor looking for a really stylish solution we’d be delighted to show evidence of Skyold’s appeal with some of our latest installations. Just recently we completed an installation with a fabric finish in a Boardroom commanding views across London’s financial quarter and it was quite stunning.”

For information about Skyfold, or to discuss a forthcoming project, please contact Efrem Brynin on 01202 874044


2011-01-24

Scrutinise a Product’s Acoustic Rating & Certificate

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A ‘keen eye’ is as important as a ‘good ear’ when checking the acoustic performance of a movable / partitioning wall.

Because until it is in situ, the only way you can determine the validity of a product’s stated acoustic performance is to know how to check the documentation.

According to Style, there is a great deal of misunderstanding in the operable walls sector regarding acoustic ratings and certificates, resulting in many clients not appreciating what checks they should make, or questions they should ask, before they buy.

“It is standard practice at Style to show architects, specifiers, main contractors and clients the necessary certification and evidence to support each product’s acoustic rating,” said Julian Sargent, Group Managing Director at Style. “Yet sadly this is not the case across the entire operable walls industry.
“Our advice, therefore, is to always talk to reputable suppliers but take time to satisfy yourself that the appropriate documentation is in place, current and valid.”

Style has published a series of checks which it advises all organisations to conduct prior to placing an order.

  • Ask for a copy of the product’s acoustic certificate
  • Check carefully that the certificate relates to the specific product you are ordering
  • Ensure the certificate contains the name of the supplier
  • If the supplier’s name is not on the certificate, request a letter of authority direct from the manufacturer
  • Make sure the wall was tested to the latest standards (BS EN ISO 140-3:1995, BS 2750-3:1995)
  • Look for the signature of the testing laboratory and ask yourself, ‘Does this look valid?’
“It is very disappointing to hear of instances in our industry where less reputable companies are supplying lower grade products, with invalid or out of date certificates – or no legitimate evidence of acoustic performance at all,” continued Julian.
“However, it is not only happening all too often, it seems to be on the increase as acoustic standards grow leaving certain suppliers unable to cope. “At Style, we will always supply the acoustic test certificate rated to the specified dB for the project being processed, plus full test data when required.
“We will also provide a letter of confirmation from the company who actually undertook the acoustic testing confirming that we are authorised to use the certificate. “By adopting this approach ensures we not only supply and install products that will meet client requirements, it also means we develop long lasting relationships based upon integrity, openness and trust.”

For more information about acoustics, or if you’d like to speak to one of our experts about conducting valid checks, please call your Regional Style Office.