Style Launches New Videos to Demonstrate Product Benefits

A new set of videos demonstrating Style’s product range is now available at Style’s Website and also on You Tube (Simply search for Style Partitions to view them or visit our channel on You Tube). Featuring DORMA Moveo and Comfortdrive as well as 7 Skyfold videos, these online demonstrations offer an excellent facility to view the aesthetics, ease of operation and overall appeal of Style’s movable partitioning and vertically stacking walls.

To watch the videos simply visit the Moveable Walls section of our web site and click on the “Product Videos” link in the grey box on the right hand side.Style is the exclusive UK distributor for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG offering an extensive range of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic operable walls.

“We’re always being asked for demonstrations and these online videos offer a great opportunity to see the walls in action,” said David Louden, Style’s Director for Scotland.
“However, where we can really add a great deal of value is in helping to specify a product for a particular room and we would encourage anyone looking at a project to contact us so that we can tailor a solution that offers flexibility, a beautiful finish and great acoustic performance.”

For more information or to discuss your next project please contact your nearest Style office.


Running the Marathon for Teenage Cancer Trust

Efrem Brynin, Style’s Skyfold Product Manager laced up his running shoes last weekend to run his first ever marathon on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity exists to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer, and Efrem ran in the Brighton Marathon to raise money for this important cause.

“This is the first time I have ever attempted to run any distance, so the thought of running 26.2 miles was a little daunting,” said Efrem. “However I decided to take on the challenge of the Brighton Marathon to support the sterling efforts of Teenage Cancer Trust. Every day six young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. TCT provides units and support directly for these young people ensuring that they are not placed on children’s or elderly wards.”


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.


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.


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.


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.