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.


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.”


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.


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


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.


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).