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.


Skyfold Maximises Space for Schools, Colleges and Universities

For educational establishments looking to sub-divide rooms, without losing any floor space, Skyfold is unrivalled. As a vertically stacking, fully automatic partitioning wall, Skyfold is housed in the ceiling cavity which means rooms can be used to their full capacity when the wall is retracted, but can be segregated in minutes.

“Tukes School in London uses Skyfold in their main hall and loses no floor space width at all,” said Efrem Brynin, Style’s Skyfold Product Manager.
“Skyfold also provides Tukes with a great deal of safety for its students because the turnkey operation can only be activated by two people which means it cannot be opened or closed without supervision, but if the fire alarm goes off it will automatically retract.” Skyfold has particular appeal to schools, colleges and universities looking to sub-divide theatres, because it can be designed to close comfortably onto steps in a tiered auditorium; something that horizontally folding walls cannot easily do.
“For any architect, specifier, contractor or educational establishment that hasn’t seen Skyfold before, it really is a ‘must see’”, said Efrem.

Skyfold can be seen operating by visiting the Skyfold page of our web site and viewing one of the videos. A case study of Tukes school is also available on the site. If you would like to discuss a project for the education market, or simply learn more about Skyfold for future projects, please contact your nearest Style office.


Style’s Portfolio Expands to include Side Folding Grilles

Style has grown its portfolio of products with the introduction of the Cornell range of side folding grilles and TranZform accordion.

The side folding grilles have proven to be incredibly popular with retailers as they act to secure off a shop front outside the glass or across entrance areas, whilst allowing passersby to still see the products inside. Demand has also been high in offices, hospitals and lobbies.

The TranZform product provides privacy and secure separation, as well as excellent sound control, and is ideal for any business, hotel, conference centre, educational establishment, hospital or other area where space needs to be divided quickly and with privacy.

“We’re delighted to have teamed up with Cornell,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, “as they have a product range that we’ve always admired.
“These products add yet another new dimension to our business, which means we can meet an even broader range of client needs, and they also complement our DORMA, Skyfold and SWG products extremely well.”
Cornell offers 3 key products within their side folding grilles range; VisionGlide™ Model ESG-30, GlideGard™ Model ESG-32, and VistaPane™ Model ESC-31. Each offers a different level of visibility, security and application.
Within their TranZform range, Style is offering the ‘Space and Sound’ product – a side folding accordion partition that can accommodate virtually any width opening.
“If anyone would like to discuss these products with us, either in respect of a specific project or to simply gain a better understanding for future reference, we’d be delighted to hear from you,” said Julian.

For more information, please contact your nearest Style office