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.”


Style Sees Popularity of DORMA’s Moveo and Variflex Continue to Grow

DORMA’s Moveo and Variflex moveable partitioning wall systems continue to be first choice with many architects, specifiers and contractors as Style sees the number of specifications continue to grow in 2011.

According to David Louden, Style’s Director for Scotland, both products offer such flexibility, simplicity of operation and aesthetic appeal that some architects look no further when seeking space re-configuration.

“The popularity of these products is phenomenal,” said David, “because thanks to their diverse range of applications, we are being specified in market sectors spanning education, corporate, hospitality and leisure, religious, healthcare and so many more.
“They also offer some unique features, and Moveo in particular provides benefits that cannot be replicated with any other product in the market making it truly innovative; one example being its ComforTronic automatic seals that are standard making it a superb semi-automatic partitioning wall.
“Both also look absolutely stunning when in situ, and our recent installation at the legal firm Maclay, Murray and Spens in Glasgow is an excellent example of the quality of finish that can be achieved in the corporate environment with Variflex. Yet when it comes to offering practical and stylish solutions on a grand scale, a project by our Midlands office at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College demonstrates how the same product can be applied to a room that couldn’t be more different.

For more information about Moveo or Variflex, we have online brochures (found in the Moveable walls section of the web site) which explain the benefits and applications in more detail, and for more information please contact your local Style office.


Evelyn Grace Academy Wins prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2011

The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton has won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new European building, built or designed in the United Kingdom. This is the second year running that Zaha Hadid Architects has won the RIBA Stirling Prize and Style is delighted to have been involved in this prestigious development.

“We were particularly proud of the part we played in this exciting project,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director. “Our role was to provide a number of moveable partitioning wall solutions that gave the academy a huge amount of flexibility so that they could reconfigure space with ease, and we were delighted to be chosen as the most suitable provider for such a cutting edge development.”

As an award winning business itself, having won the esteemed AIS Contractors Gold Award for the last 4 years in succession, Julian believes that Style’s increasing number of specifications is down to a number of factors.

“As sole UK distributors for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG we’ve got a market leading product range, and as a business we are accredited by Bureau Veritas 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.
“On top of that, we offer a complete design and installation service for architects, interior designers, contractors and end-user clients and have built up an outstanding reputation for installations of the highest quality, acoustic performance, finish and ease of use.”

For more information please contact your local Style office.


DORMA Range Continues to Improve Year on Year

DORMA’s new brochures have been launched – and as ever they reflect the growth and quality of its product range, now incorporating Moveo Glass, as well as updates to its Classic finish selection. To view and download the brochures, click on the Brochures link in the Moveable Walls section of our web site.

“As sole UK suppliers for DORMA, Style benefits from their continued determination, innovation and commitment to quality,” said Keith Way, Style’s Director for the South East. “Not only are the products unquestionably market leading, they also offer variety, style and exceptional ease of operation.”
“And when combined with our own very high standards, which saw us winning the AIS Gold Award in 2010 for the third consecutive year, it is unsurprising that we enjoyed a record year last year and have even greater ambitions for 2011; all based upon our ability to meet client needs with exceptional products, support and service.”

If you are looking at movable partitioning walls for your organisation, and have not considered DORMA’s market leading range, we would be pleased to demonstrate them to you and discuss the best solutions. Simply contact your Regional Style Office.


Style Sees Sharp Rise in Education Sector

Demand for moveable partitioning walls in schools, colleges and universities has risen steeply in 2011, with Style seeing a marked increase in the number of installations.

According to Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, this is not just down to an increase in overall demand. It is also through heightened awareness by architects, specifiers, contractors and educational establishments of Style’s track record of providing outstanding, innovative and cost-effective solutions in this market.

“As awareness grows of the excellent range of moveable wall solutions that we can offer, we’re being increasingly specified in this area,” said Julian. “In recent years we’ve provided some breathtaking solutions to schools, colleges and universities.
“These include Skyfold’s ceiling mounted, vertically stacking partitions, Dorma’s Variflex and Moveo which offer ease of operation, flexibility and some stunning aesthetics and we’re being increasingly commissioned to create flexible space in teaching areas, restaurants, theatres and other important areas.”

Rooms in educational bodies need to be flexible so that they can be used for a multitude of activities throughout each day. Teaching staff not only need to maximise the space available to them, they also have to re-arrange rooms quickly in between lessons.

“Key factors when installing an operable wall are that it must be effortless to operate, provide privacy through optimum acoustic performance, be safe and complement the aesthetics of the room,” concluded Julian.
“At Style, we are proving time and again through our five regional offices that we can meet the needs of the education sector better than anyone else which is why we are seeing such a sharp rise in demand.”

If you would like to discuss a project for the education market, please contact your nearest Style office.