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.”

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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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New ground-breaking moveable wall arrives in the UK

A revolutionary new moveable partitioning wall has been launched taking acoustic integrity to a new level.

Dorma Variflex ML, which is available exclusively from Style Partitions in the UK, boasts improved sound insulation up to Rw 58dB, but with a reduced wall thickness of just 88mm.

“Most people would assume that to achieve better sound insulation you have to make a wall thicker,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, “however Dorma have very cleverly achieved the direct opposite with this latest innovation.

“When it comes to moveable partitioning wall operation and aesthetics, the thinner the better as this offers numerous advantages in terms of how efficiently and discreetly it can be parked when not in use, the ease by which it can be moved, the structural advantages of its low weight and not using any more room space than necessary.

“What Dorma has achieved by improving the acoustics on a thinner wall is quite spectacular and sets the bar at a completely new level in room division systems.

“To put it in context, 58dB means meetings or events can take place undisturbed either side and this very thin wall is so easy to manoeuvre you can divide a room into 2 with incredible speed and ease.”

The new ML system comes with all of the hallmarks of Dorma’s hugely popular Variflex offering. The panel faces are manufactured separately to the frame, which means they are easy to change if one is damaged or scuffed, or if the interior design of a room changes later on.

The Variflex ML system provides a wide choice of elements and stacking/parking arrangements, is flexible even in the case of complicated room proportions where sloping ceilings or circular spaces have to be accommodated, and it comes in unlimited finishes which means it can perfectly match your interior design.

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office


Style kicks off 2017 with mission, vision and values

Style’s mission, “To lead the market in maximising the use of space, with unrivalled service and unbeatable products” has been underpinned with a new vision and set of values.

The mission, vision and values reinforce Style’s market leading position in the moveable partitioning walls sector by promising a wide range of values including sustainability, investment in new talent, innovation, safety and the very highest levels of quality.

“The demands of the operable wall sector have shifted quite dramatically in recent years,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands.

“Expectations to innovate, automate and be green are all rising. Clients also want reassurance that the moveable partitioning walls they are choosing are certified for acoustics, fire and origin of manufacture, and safety standards across the whole construction sector have never been higher.

“By re-publishing our mission, vision and values helps all stakeholders understand what Style stands for as a business and gives reassurance that, as market leaders, we are driving up standards and working towards a set of agreed values that others can judge us against.”

For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office


Even better acoustics and sound absorption for Skyfold’s Zenith range

Style Partitions is pleased to announce some great improvements to Skyfold’s Zenith range, with enhanced soundproofing and sound absorption.

Skyfold is the unique vertically rising, fully automatic acoustic moveable wall housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity. At the push of a button it descends smoothly into place, dividing space quickly and effortlessly.

Skyfold’s Zenith range offers a thin path of travel enabling it to be lowered into the tightest of floor spaces, making it ideal for sub-dividing rooms full of fixtures, fittings, furniture or other objects.

“Style is the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold, and we’ve seen demand for this incredible, vertically rising moveable wall rocket in recent years,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“Because it is housed in the ceiling it takes up no floor space whatsoever when not in use, and these latest developments to the Zenith range are great news for architects, contractors and end-user clients. They can now enjoy an even better choice of acoustic options than before, with the Zenith 51 offering exceptional soundproofing and the Zenith NRC providing excellent sound absorption.”

Style has seen demand for Skyfold rise across a wide range of market sectors, including corporate, hotel and leisure, local authority and public sector, universities, colleges and schools.

Full technical specifications can be found on the Skyfold pages of Style’s web site.

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Increased operable wall automation predicted for 2017

With demand for fully automatic moveable partitioning walls continuing to rise, demand in 2017 is expected to hit an all time high.

That’s according to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, who is seeing a growing number of architects specifying fully automatic systems to make the division of room space quicker and easier for their clients.

“The days of manually opening and closing a partitioning wall by hand, then using a crank handle to lock it into place, are soon to become a distant memory,” said Mike.

“Nowadays, people simply want to push a button and for the moveable wall to open and close on its own – the advantage being its far easier and quicker for the operator, but also there’s less chance of operator damage from poor handling.”

Great examples of fully automatic systems can be found on Style’s web site in the moveable walls video section. These include Nottingham University, St. Joseph’s Primary school in Dundee, and UBM in London.

Skyfold, the vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall is also fully automatic, with videos available in this section of Style’s web site too.

“There’s little doubt,” added Mike, “that the moveable partitioning walls sector is shifting and that, over time, fully automated solutions will replace manual and semi-automatic systems.

“It makes it so much easier to create flexible space by pushing a button to sub-divide or open up a room, and as it involves no manual handling whatsoever there are health and safety advantages too.”

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office.