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.


2010-12-10

Telescopic Panel Provides Flush Finish When Partition is in Use

DORMA Variflex, the semi-automatic (and manual) folding wall, is being specified by Style in an increasing number of office conference rooms and boardrooms due to its flush telescopic panel. As a unique feature in the movable walls sector, the Variflex expandable telescopic section sits completely flush against the adjacent panels once the wall is in position, which has exceptional benefits in terms of aesthetics and space flexibility.

“The telescopic section on the DORMA Variflex product is a really outstanding feature,” explained Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, “whether used on a manually operated or semi automatic wall.
“Because once installed the end closure moves allowing the partition to be set up and sealed acoustically, then it sits flush against the rest of the wall. This means it looks like one solid wall, rather than having any form of protrusion or bulky unsightly end expanding section.”

As sole UK distributors for DORMA Huppe, Style has seen demand for semi-automatic partitions rise steeply in 2010. And thanks to the unique telescopic feature of the Variflex product, its popularity has soared.

“At Style we adopt a solutions approach,” said Julian. “This means that we always take a great deal of time to work closely with architects, specifiers and main contractors to ensure clients’ benefit from the optimum product to meet their needs and criteria. “However, when it comes to office space in particular, the features and practicalities of Variflex very often make it a natural choice, and client feedback is always first class.”

For more information about DORMA Variflex, or to discuss your movable walls and partitioning requirements with Style, simply contact us through one of our regional offices and we’d be delighted to help.


2010-11-15

SKYFOLD Makes Quantum Leap In Acoustics

Skyfold has launched two brand new Vertically Stacking Acoustic Partitions that drastically cut sound transmission and dampen reverberation.

This quantum leap in acoustic performance of the new Skyfold Classic Elite, Rw 56dB, and absorption of Skyfold Classic NR, NRC 0.65, will undoubtedly grab the attention of schools, hotels, offices and convention centres who have always loved the ease of use and finish of Skyfold, making it an extremely popular system for dividing space.

“This is a very dramatic step forward,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, who market, distribute and install the Skyfold range exclusively in the UK.“Skyfold has always been an outstanding and highly versatile product. Stored in the ceiling cavity,
this vertical partitioning wall system makes the most efficient use of space as no wall pockets are required and they move effortlessly and quietly with a simple turnkey operation.“With the excellent acoustic ratings of the new Rw 56dB and NRC 0.65, Skyfold’s appeal will widen even further and we’re already receiving enquiries for these two new products even though they have only just been released.”

In 2010, Style won the AIS Gold Award for an installation that included Skyfold at Moody’s in Canary Wharf. On that occasion, Moody’s already had Skyfold installed in their New York office and specifically requested it for London.

Efrem Brynin, Skyfold’s Director of UK Sales added, “Moody’s is a great example of a company that had seen the operational benefits of Skyfold and how stylish it can look in situ, and had asked for it again.

“We’re now expecting to see a further increase in Skyfold specifications as a result of our new products, and we’ve made the design process far simpler too. By incorporating our range into Revit they can now be viewed using Building Information Modelling (BIM) giving virtual 3D photo quality graphics.”