Style's Commitment to Health and Safety Goes from Strength to Strength

It has always been our commitment at Style to work to the very highest standards of health and safety, and we see it as an important aspect of our overall approach to business.

Our philosophy is that health and safety should not be seen as a compliancy issue, but a positive aspect of delivering a highly professional service.

Andy Gibson, Style’s Director for the North explains, “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.
“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.”

At Style, 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, Style are CHAS and SAFEcontractor accredited, and we were 2010 Construction Health & Safety award finalists.

If you are looking for advice or support with an installation that requires the very highest levels of health and safety, or have a client that demands the best in this area, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements with you. Simply contact your local Style Office for more information


DORMA Hüppe's Moveo® Praised for Acoustic Performance

As sole UK distributors for DORMA Hüppe, Style combines the very best acoustic expertise and advice with market leading products.

DORMA Hüppe’s Moveo® being an excellent example as it incorporates ComforTronic® automatic seals as standard which are designed to maximise acoustic integrity, providing sound reduction up to Rw 55dB to the latest European standards.

“We’ve had incredible feedback about the acoustic performance of Moveo,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director, “however optimum acoustic performance is not just down to the product alone.
“Architects, specifiers and contractors will tell you that there are a large number of 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.
“Because of this it is our philosophy to have 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; in particular by assessing the room carefully to assess where flanking may occur, its severity and what mitigating action can be taken.
“It is thanks to this meticulous planning and very high levels of technical expertise that we develop very long-standing relationships with our customers.”

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.


Semi-Automatic Partitions Enjoy Huge Increase in Popularity

The specification of semi-automatic partitions is soaring as the benefits of flexibility, ease of use, reliability and the quality of finish increase.

In 2009, Style saw an incredible 75% rise in semi-automatic installations and 2010 is on track for that to grow even further with another huge leap in the number of specifications.

“These figures show a clear shift in the market towards semi-automatic moveable partitions”, said Mike Fine, Style’s Director for the Midlands, “however the dramatic increase doesn’t surprise us.

“Anyone that sees, and operates, a semi-automatic partition wall in situ is immediately impressed. Not just by the sheer simplicity of use, but by the look, the style, the fitting and the overall quality. This really is a very exciting product which has suddenly begun to accelerate in popularity.”

Style are sole UK suppliers and installers of Moveo (Dorma’s increasingly popular semi-automatic wall), Variflex (also from Dorma and available as semi or fully automatic) and Skyfold’s range.

If you would like to discuss the benefits of semi and fully automatic movable partitions, we would be pleased to hear from you. Simply contact your local Style Office for more information


Style launches new e-Newsletter

Style has launched an online newsletter, designed to offer vital information and articles regarding innovations, installations, products, certification and design advancements in the field of moveable partition walls. As sole UK distributors for DORMA Huppe, Skyfold and SWG, Style is well-known with architects and specifiers for its outstanding products, highly skilled installation and close personal service.

Our new monthly e-newsletter will provide a vital update to anyone involved in moveable partition walls, from architects and specifiers to main contractors, regarding issues such as new product launches, acoustics, health and safety, finishing, design and innovative approaches to challenging projects.

“We’re very proud of our reputation for giving good quality advice as well as offering terrific products and very high quality installation”, said Julian Sargent, Style’s Group Managing Director.
“Our newsletter will enable everyone associated with the operable walls sector to benefit from a quick monthly update, which we are sure will be very warmly welcomed.”

If you have not linked to this story via our first newsletter, and would like to receive a copy, please email us your name, company name, email address and telephone number to marketing@style-partitions.co.uk and we will be pleased to add you to our monthly mailing list.


Style + DORMA = Quality Movable Walls

The Style Movable Partitions Specialist Network is pleased to announce that they have agreed a strategic partnership with Dorma allowing sole rights to distribute their full range of acoustic movable wall products throughout the UK.

Style operates from five regional offices geographically placed to serve the whole of the UK from a local source. Each region provides a complete package from specification support through to installation and after sales service. Growth has been swift but controlled from the incorporation of Style South in 1999 to the completion of the group with Style Scotland joining in 2008. The Style ethos has been quality combined with a passion for continual service & product enhancement, which has led to Style now being considered as one of the UK’s market leaders.

With the acquisition of Huppe Form in Germany and Modernfold in the United States Dorma became the the largest manufacturer of Movable walls in the world. Dorma CEO Christian Scheller believes that

“This is the next exciting phase in the development of our “Movable Walls“http://style-partitions.co.uk/movable-walls.php business in the UK. Over the past few years DORMA has built up a reputation for quality and innovation at the cutting edge of the sector. Our new partnership with Style takes us one step closer to our mutual goal of being number one in the UK movable wall market.”

This new partnership allows both parties to focus on their core activities ensuring that the client can be certain of:

  • Unrivalled product quality, innovation and development.
  • A comprehensive range of models to suit most applications, projects and budgets.
  • Support of a global manufacturing partner.
  • UK nationwide service with local support.
  • Improved technical support for Architects, Designers & Specialist Contractors.
  • Years of market knowledge & experience in space management & utilisation at all levels from design, through production to contract management and installation.
  • Full design support including CPD, interactive product specification and reference sites in some of the world’s most prestigious buildings.

Style will also continue to offer the Skyfold fully automated vertically rising system and the Stylefold continuously hinged partition in conjunction with the DORMA range of manual and semi-automatic movable walls to facilitate the best range in the sector.

Continued investment in personnel, plant, equipment, communications, systems and procedures will ensure that this new partnership will offer the market the best solutions available for many years to come.