2010-10-30

Stylish Choice – Meeting Customer Needs Perfectly

When it comes to creating flexible space, every requirement is different.

Which is why, at Style, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to develop the most extensive product portfolio of movable walls so that we can always deliver the right solution.

With a range that includes traditional horizontal sliding folding partition walls, sliding glass partitions, vertical rising/ceiling mounted, folding room dividers, manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic walls, as well as a vast range of fittings and finishes, we have built up a reputation for being able to offer best advice without being restricted by product range.

“It’s part of our philosophy as a business to always offer sound, objective and very professional advice,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, “however that’s only possible if you’ve got a product range to support it. “Without the full portfolio, you are limited to advising from within a restricted choice. However when our team is asked to advise on the best solution for a room, whatever its shape, size, construction or purpose, we know they can do precisely that.”

For examples of the breadth of projects that Style has offered solutions for, from the largest installation in Europe at ExCeL Conference and Exhibition centre, through to a Skyfold system at Henderson Global Investment in London, we would be delighted for you to visit the case studies section of our web site.

To discuss options for your next project, simply contact one of our regional offices and we would be delighted to help you.


2010-10-14

Style Delivers Sound Proof of it’s Acoustic Expertise

The acoustic consultants commented that this installation by Style was the best they’d tested. So how did Style achieve a site tested acoustic performance that was so unexpected? Because this was a monumental improvement on previous field tests on the same site using other manufacturers’ products.

With a 56db Dnt,w on-site performance, and including a 49db Dnt,w on site performance with Double pass doors (DTZ), this project really sets the bar very high in the movable walls sector. In the iconic Manchester Central convention complex, this was phase 3 of a project that offered an extension of floor space comprising 3 seminar rooms and a break out area adjacent to the main train hall.

Using the Dorma Variflex 60dB Rw product, including special sound absorption boards, the three rooms and the break out area needed to be subdivided by acoustic moveable walls. It was also important that they could be stored out of sight to form one large usable space.Style were appointed by Laing O Rourke after a vigorous pre-qualification process to achieve a safe and perfect delivery.

And if expectation wasn’t high enough to deliver an outstanding acoustic performance between conference and public areas, there was also the added pressure that the Labour party conference was to commence immediately at the end of the program – televised to millions.

“We approached this project in the same way that we do all installations,” said Andy Gibson, Style’s Director for the North. “The key aim being to find the optimum solution and conduct a thorough and detailed assessment of the rooms so that the correct product could be fitted to the very highest standard.”
“Acoustic performance was an extremely vital criteria on this occasion, making it important for our team at Style to work incredibly closely with Dorma, Architects Stephenson Bell and Laing O Rourke to develop the specification – not only in the performance of our product but also the surrounding structures.”
“We also had some real challenges along the way including roof deflection, service penetrations and floor levels. The main contractor adopting the sub contractors as team members was a major influence that made this project such a success.”
“Achieving exceptional acoustic performance is a combination of expertise, team work, products, planning and installation and has to be considered at the start, and maintained throughout, the project. The way these four elements combined perfectly is a huge testimony to the very high quality of our people and products.”

If you are looking for advice or support with an installation that requires high standards of acoustic quality, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements with you. Simply contact your local Style Office for more information


2010-10-08

Adopting the Highest Standards of Health and Safety

At Style, we believe there are two ways of looking at health and safety. You can either view it as something that must be complied with. Or, you can use it pro-actively within your business culture to create strong client relationships, higher standards and better overall quality. Our philosophy has always been the latter. By going the extra mile and setting the health and safety bar high, we see huge benefits for our clients, our suppliers, and our own people.

  • Project managers and key personnel have the ‘Black Hat’ Construction Site Managers Safety Certificate (SMSTS)
  • Lead engineers are certified under the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme
  • All site engineers hold a CSCS card, and PASMA, IPAF qualifications as appropriate
  • Additionally, they are trained in Manual Handling, Asbestos Awareness and First Aid
  • Style are CHAS and SAFEcontractor accredited, and 2010 Construction Health & Safety award finalists
  • Members of CITB, with pro-active commitment to its annual training plan.

Thorough risk assessments are conducted prior to all installations to ensure that when we arrive on site we are fully prepared. We also take time to fully understand a client’s own policies so that we can meet all of their relevant standards, and appreciate hazards and risks which are local or unique to them. This guards our clients’ reputations by demonstrating high standards of health and safety whilst on their premises, as well as establishing that there are no difficult access points to a building that could cause danger or limit progress.

As part of extensive and regular health and safety training, Style creates strong client relationships built upon quality and trust, and gives comfort to all stakeholders that every installation project will be undertaken professionally, efficiently and safely. For more information about our Health and Safety standards, policies or training we would be delighted to hear from you at your nearest regional office.


2010-08-30

Achieving Optimum Acoustic Performance

Acoustic performance is not only a key measure, it is also one of the most hotly discussed topics in the moveable walls sector; mainly due to the potential variances that affect an R’ rating (R ‘apostrophe’ being the in situ rating) compared to a product’s lab tested R rating. The harsh reality is that a final installation will rarely replicate the conditions of a lab test, because in a controlled environment there is one test product and no flanking.

The lab is designed to only transmit sound through the partition itself, which is essential as a comparitive ‘product’ measurement, but does not reflect real life installation and use. There are, of course, many occasions when it is clear that a proposed product will more than meet the specified acoustic criteria, and Style has an exemplary record of providing the highest quality products and installations to achieve this. However, on occasions when there is potential for wider variance, Style’s acoustician will offer objective, qualified and transparent advice.

  • Surveying the room to assess where flanking may occur and its severity – flanking is difficult to quantify prior to completion and determination of flanking requires a series of in-situ sound tests. However our experts can offer extremely valuable guidance pre-installation.
  • Assessing the overall quality and robustness of surrounding walls, ceiling and floors – considering the effect of their construction, materials and age.
  • Detailing in the site plans where action could be taken to minimise flanking
  • Considering absorptive treatment to improve acoustics within the room

It is our philosophy that by having open dialogue as early as possible about the factors that are likely to create performance variance, and how we can take action to overcome these, lays the foundations for extremely strong and long lasting relationships with our customers. Offering the very highest standards of acoustic expertise and a commitment that we will always offer clear explanations and achievable options. For more information, or an informal conversation, about optimising acoustic performance we would be delighted to hear from you at your nearest regional office).


2010-08-28

Style Makes the First SmartTrack 14 Installation

DORMA’s new, innovative SmartTrack 14 Moveable Wall has been installed in the UK at Carmel College, St. Helen’s. The installation was completed by Style after the team identified the new partitioning wall system as being perfect for the College Lecture Theatre.

“The beauty of the DORMA’s new SmartTrack 14 system is that it allows the user to easily move heavy, tall panels into the stacking zone without the need for any physical strength or force to change direction,”said Andy Gibson, Style’s Director for the North.
“In fact there is no need to ‘steer’ the panel into the correct parking track at all as the diverters and programming plates mounted in the track do this automatically.
“And if you consider that these panels are 90kg m2, 140 mm thick and 6 metres high they are extremely heavy. They are also beautifully finished in a striking black high pressure laminate, and have a 60db laboratory tested acoustic performance.
They also have a micro-perforated acoustic surface board to reduce room reverberation time, yet maintain acoustic performance from one side to the other, which means all in all the new SmartTrack 14 system is a superb solution for college staff.”
“Having seen how well this new system works I would urge anyone to look at it, as its going to be a really impressive and popular product for colleges, schools, conference rooms, theatres and offices.”

For more information about the new DORMA SmartTrack 14, please contact your local Style Office.


2010-08-23

Service Excellence is Key as Style Enjoys Record Year

All businesses seek to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction. But at Style, excellence is an inherent part of our culture, and our strive for perfection is now being fully felt. After winning our 3rd consecutive AIS Gold Award, we’ve also been recognised for a ‘Perfect Delivery’ by Morgan Sindall.

Mike Fine, Style’s Director for the Midlands said, “Morgan Sindall’s philosophy is to develop long-term sustainable relationships with only the best suppliers and subcontractors that support their Perfect Delivery programme and an incident-free environment.
“The Perfect Delivery certificate was in response to a recent installation of a Stylefold 120 Centrefold partition system at Glossop Primary Care Centre and demonstrates Style’s determination to exceed client expectations and deliver the very highest standards in product and installation.
“In our profession, partnerships are involved in every project and it’s essential that each party operates to the very highest standards as this combines to provide a terrific customer experience.
“As our reputation for quality continues to grow, we are seeing repeat business from architects, specifiers and construction partners reach an all time high, and 2010 is turning into a record year for us thanks to the manner in which we work and the exceptional quality of our people and products.”

For more information about Style’s commitment to quality and for support with your next project, please contact your local Style Office.