Style wins 9th Gold Award

Market-leading, moveable wall specialist, Style, has scooped the top accolade in the FIS Contractors awards for the ninth time.

Richard Pearce, operations director, collected the Gold Contractors award for the operable walls category at the Dorchester Hotel in London, at a ceremony attended by 455 FIS members and their guests.

Style won the coveted prize for its installation of a Skyfold moveable wall system at the Francis Crick Institute in Kings Cross.

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Skyfold is a fully automatic, acoustic operable wall housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity, descending effortlessly into place at the push of a button.

A unique feature is its ability to sub-divide stepped auditoriums and, due to the sheer size of the room at Francis Crick, Style’s team installed 3 Skyfolds to create one wall with incredible attention to detail.

With flawless precision, the lines of the veneer match perfectly, not only across the 3 Skyfolds but the surrounding fixed walls too. And with privacy essential when running concurrent events either side of the closed wall, Style delivered phenomenal 49dB acoustics on site.

“A huge thank you goes to everyone who worked on this project,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“This is without doubt one of the most impressive installations we have ever completed, and everyone who worked so hard on it, from our back-office staff to those on site, all deserve to share this FIS award which we are proud to receive yet again.”

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Automated space division continues to grow

Demand for fully automatic moveable walls is growing at pace, as architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients recognise the benefits.

That’s according to leading moveable wall specialists, Style, who have seen steep growth in fully automated systems, which enable rooms to be divided easier than ever.

“We’re quickly moving away from the days of pulling a partitioning wall into place manually and closing it with a crank handle,” said Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north. “In fact, its very rare for us to implement a completely manual system nowadays.

“Modern day operable wall systems move effortlessly into place at the push of a button, with no need for manual handling, and this leads to minimal chance of operator damage and the ability to divide rooms, or open them up, with incredible ease however large or small.”

Style recently won the FIS Gold Contractors award for its installation at Francis Crick, a fine example of a very large-scale automated system. Other recent projects include an automatic DORMA Varitrans glass system at a branch of Santander, two fully automatic DORMA Moveo ComfortDrive walls at Nottingham Trent University and two Skyfolds installed for global law firm, DLA Piper, in Manchester.

“If you are currently considering a moveable wall, it is well worth looking at the fully automatic systems,” said Andy.

“Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyold and SWG, and we specialise in multiple sectors, including corporate, education, hospitality, local authority, religion, and healthcare.”

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Moveable wall solutions perfect for limited floor space

Some architects have expressed concern that a moveable wall can only be installed if there’s plenty of room to open, close and stack it.

Yet, thanks to two ingenious solutions from Style, even rooms with very limited floor space can be divided.

Skyfold Zenith is a vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity, therefore taking up no floor space at all when not in use. With a push of a button it lowers effortlessly into place, and has a thin path of travel which means its ideal for areas that may have obstructions - for example, busy rooms or those filled with fixtures, fittings, furniture or other obstacles.

Dorma Variflex ML, is another outstanding solution with a reduced wall thickness of just 88mm, but sound insulation up to Rw 58dB.

“When space is limited, some architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients dismiss the idea of trying to sub-divide it through a flexible room configuration,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“But this doesn’t need to be the case, and the Skyfold and Dorma products both offer very different solutions when space is tight.

“Making the best use of a room often means areas can be busy, whether it’s a company meeting room, a university lecture hall, a hotel, conference centre or local authority building.

“That’s where we can help. As exclusive UK partners to Skyfold and Dorma, we have products that will fit into the tightest of gaps and have to be seen to be believed.

“Better still, the acoustics are phenomenal, and they can be styled in a range of finishes to complement any interior design.”

For more information, contact your nearest regional Style office.


Education sector should focus on fully automated space division

Schools, colleges and universities looking to create flexible space should ensure they choose a fully automatic moveable wall.

That’s the advice of expert, Mike Fine, director of Style partitions in the Midlands, who says that automatic moveable walls offer widespread advantages to educational bodies that are sometimes overlooked.

“Many classrooms, school halls, canteens and lecture theatres have some form of folding or moveable wall to divide the space,” said Mike. “A common feature being that they are used very frequently each and every day, often by a number of different people – including students.

“We’ve come across a number of occasions where this had led to walls being damaged through improper use, or heavy-handedness, and we saw this first hand at a university recently where a wall had been so poorly treated that it needed completely replacing; something that was expensive to do.

“By choosing a fully automatic wall removes this issue completely. Activated by the push of a button, it moves into place without any manual intervention and will even instinctively stop if an object blocks its path.

“The lifespan of these walls is therefore quite incredible. With inexpensive routine servicing they can last up to 25 years or more, and there are other benefits too.

“There’s no manual handling, which offers health & safety advantages, there’s also no need for extensive training which saves time, and the acoustic integrity of these walls is spot on every time because the seals close automatically too.

“It all adds up to automated solutions being by far the best, and most cost-effective, option in busy schools, colleges and universities.”

For more information, contact your nearest regional Style office.


Style celebrates 18 years of success

Leading moveable partitioning wall specialist, Style, celebrates 18 years in business this month.

It first opened its doors back in April 1999, and has grown to become the UK’s market leader with world-beating moveable wall products and a cabinet full of awards.

“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 18 years,” said co-founder, and group managing director, Julian Sargent.

“Tony Enticknap, who has now retired, and I began in a small office on 6 April 1999 and we now operate through 5 regional offices in the south, south east, midlands, north and Scotland, with a fully-operational showroom in the Clerkenwell district of London.

“As exclusive UK partners to Dorma, Skyfold and SWG we have an incredible portfolio of operable and folding wall solutions for any requirement or budget, and most importantly we have a talented and committed team across the UK, each of whom has played their part in turning us into a multi-award winning market leader.”

Style boasts an impressive proposition in the moveable partitioning walls sector.

Market leading environmental credentials with EPD certified products and ISO 14001:2004 accreditation, the first company to launch operable wall products on the NBS National BIM Library, 13 FIS Contractor’s awards, of which 8 are Gold, an outstanding apprenticeship scheme investing in new talent, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management systems, and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems.

“Through the toughest recession many of us have ever witnessed, we continued to inwardly invest to offer even better products, services and installations to architects, contractors and end-user clients,” said Julian.

“That determination has always served us well, and now demand for our products has never been higher working across multiple sectors from small community centres through to some of the largest PLCs in the world.”

For more information, contact your nearest regional Style office


Style’s BIM Library grows in popularity

Style Partitions’ BIM objects on the NBS National BIM Library are attracting growing interest, with an ever-increasing number of architects using this important tool.

To locate the correct BIM object for a project, architects can select from a range of moveable partitioning wall products on Style’s home page and be taken directly into the relevant part of the National BIM library, without further searches.

The NBS National BIM Library is the primary source of high quality BIM objects in the UK and the only one to link directly to the market leading NBS specification software. NBS authored BIM objects can be used with the confidence that they are consistent with the industry standard as they ensure that data is complete and in the correct format to allow full collaboration and information exchange throughout a project.

Style’s BIM files on the NBS National BIM Library provide customers with up-to-date, reliable and precise product data for the planning, construction and management of buildings.

“BIM offers enormous improvements when it comes to saving time and money,” said David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland.

“It increases the accuracy of estimations, reworks, alterations and the avoidance of error due to the loss of information, and to access to it couldn’t be easier.

“From the home page of our web site, you can click straight to the relevant part of the NBS National BIM library, adding value to architects and specifiers and saving time.”

Building Information Modelling (BIM) describes the collaborative approach to construction projects via the use of a digital model. It ensures all team members work to the same standards, providing easily accessible data on every component to integrate design and lifecycle management.

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