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.

For more information, contact your nearest regional Style office


Style takes the concept of collaborative office space one step further

Collaborative space is the latest buzz term in office design. Integrated and flexible, it serves individuals working alone to small groups getting work done yet remaining able to interact with others in the same location.

As a specialist in the creation of flexible room design, Style has devised an ingenious moveable wall system to accommodate collaborative office space in an extremely clever way.

A cluster of individual moveable wall panels act as magnetic writable white boards and offer the flexibility to create the feel of a small meeting room, or simply act as an ideas board for an informal meeting. Better still, with the facility to swivel round, they can be shared with adjoining groups, which is perfect for breakout sessions, brainstorms and impromptu gatherings.

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“This is a step forward from our traditional partitioning wall system,” explains Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “This is because a traditional moveable wall is quite linear, generally sub-dividing space across a room’s width or length.

“This ingenious system, on the other hand, offers complete flexibility to position the panels where you need them or cluster several together to add a degree of privacy whilst leaving a sense of openness. Perfect for the new trend in collaborative working.”

The new concept was triggered through a discussion with architects’ Sheppard Robson who were working with BW Interiors to create flexible, collaborative office space at IG Group in London.

With no solution on the market for their needs, Style went back to the drawing board to devise the new system, manufacture the panels and develop the technique for attaching the panels so that they could be locked, moved or pivoted as required.

“There is huge scope in the corporate and education sectors for this system, and we’re already seeing interest growing,” continued Julian. “In fact, we have already secured another immediate order from a major PLC in the City.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Showroom popularity grows with leading architects

Style’s London showroom has seen visitors rise in 2017, with architects using the facility to show clients moveable partitioning wall systems in action prior to specification.

Located in the Clerkenwell district, well-known as London’s interior design hub, the showroom houses Style’s impressive range of moveable wall solutions all under one roof.

As well as seeing them in operation, visitors experience their acoustic integrity, look at a range of finishes and designs, and familiarise themselves with their stacking options and technical specifications.

“Our London showroom is well worth a visit,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “We have a Skyfold moveable wall showing how easy and effective it can be to sub-divide space. This fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall is housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity and glides silently and seamlessly into place at the push of a button.

“Also on show are moveable partitioning wall solutions from DORMA and SWG, which cater for all requirements and budgets.

“Visitors can also review the very latest in wall coverings, lighting design, acoustics and a whole host of other innovations too.”

To view a short video of the London showroom, please click here>>

If you work in the construction and refurbishment sector, and are looking for ideas or wish to see Style’s moveable partitioning walls ‘in the flesh’, please contact us to request a visit.


New videos showcase fully automatic moveable walls

Installations of ‘fully automatic’ moveable partitioning walls have seen unprecedented growth over the last 6 months, and to demonstrate the benefits Style has created a series of videos of recent projects.

“There is, without doubt, a growing shift towards fully automatic systems,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent. “As the videos demonstrate, nothing could be simpler than pushing a button to divide a room into two and the benefits speak for themselves.

“There’s no manual handling of walls, no chance of damage through operator error, anyone can operate them with minimal training and these fully automatic systems are intelligent enough to stop opening or closing if anything gets in their way – all of which is leading to an increasing number of architects specifying them for their clients.”

Francis Crick Institute – fully automatic, vertically rising Skyfold in stepped theatre>>

Goodwin Proctor – fully automatic Dorma Varitans ComfortDrive glass partitioning wall>>

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Style is the UK’s market leading moveable partitioning walls specialist, and the multi-award winning company is the exclusive UK partner to Dorma, Skyfold and SWG.

“We have an outstanding portfolio of products catering for all requirements and budgets, from simple folding walls to the very latest acoustic systems – a great example being the brand new Dorma Variflex 88 which has a thinner panel yet phenomenal 58dB Rw acoustics," continued Julian.

“Last year we were also the first moveable wall specialist to make BIM objects for folding wall systems available on the award winning RIBA NBS National BIM Library, and our green credentials are second to none with EPD certified moveable walls in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN15804.”

For more information, please contact your nearest Style regional office.


Scheduled servicing a ‘must’ for moveable partitioning walls

Anyone with a moveable partitioning wall that does not have it regularly serviced should do so immediately.

That’s the advice of Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north, who says that scheduled servicing is vital for protecting your investment and ensuring your operable wall serves you for many years.

“Moveable partitioning walls need a regular inspection and service to minimise potential downtime, preserve the wall’s acoustic integrity and help you comply with health and safety regulations,” he explains.

“Style’s national team, which operates from our 5 regional offices, services some moveable walls that have been in use for up to 25 years. They have been in operation that long thanks to routine servicing, with preventative maintenance avoiding any problems before they happen.

“At Style, our service contracts include regular maintenance visits, during which our engineers will inspect, clean, lubricate and adjust all mechanisms and components in accordance with best practice. We can also replace any damaged or worn parts to avoid any recurring problems turning into serious issues – very much like having a car serviced!”

As well as scheduled servicing, Style’s national team of technicians also offer an emergency repair and breakdown service which includes repairing partitioning walls that Style didn’t originally install.

“Don’t worry if its not one of our moveable walls, as our team can always help,” said Andy. “And if you are concerned about your operable wall we can come and do a free health check with no obligation.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office.

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