2015-12-17

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It’s our last newsletter of 2015 and we’d like to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

2015 has been a year that saw Style further expand its portfolio of moveable partitioning wall solutions, meeting the needs of architects, specifiers, contractors and end user clients better than ever.

“We continue to invest in our people, products, systems and processes, and we were proud to have won the FIS Contractors Gold award yet again in the summer,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “This is the ultimate accolade in our sector and is the 7th time we have won gold, reflecting the quality of our entire proposition as the UK’s leading moveable walls specialist.

“As we look to 2016, BIM-based planning is set to become a major priority. The use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) will see some significant shifts for architects, specifiers, designers and the construction industry as a whole, and if you would like to discuss this with us please contact your nearest regional Style office who will be happy to help.

“Style is already equipped to offer comprehensive BIM files for key elements of our range of partitioning wall systems, and it’s going to become essential to use a BIM provider when specifying projects.

“As we reflect on 2015, we’re also incredibly proud of our growing apprentice scheme which is seeing an increasing number of school leavers learn, develop and grow, becoming important members of our team.

“We are also enjoying superb feedback about our London showroom, which has become a real showcase for our range of moveable wall solutions, and we continue to see rising demand for our hugely popular RIBA approved CPD seminars.

“However, for many of us now is the time to take a well-earned break and enjoy the festive period, and on behalf of everyone at Style we thank you for your continued support and wish you a very happy Christmas.”

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


2015-11-30

Demand for flexible space rises in schools

Schools, colleges and universities are making flexible space a priority, with rising demand for moveable partitioning walls for refurbishments and new builds.

Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north, explains that adaptable space offers such wide-ranging benefits that operable walls are becoming a common feature in most educational establishments, and demand continues to grow.

“Schools, colleges and universities need to use their rooms for a wide multitude of activities, not just in the classrooms but with certain rooms changing from assembly halls into PE, dance, drama or examination areas all in the space of a day," said Andy.

“Getting the most out of every room is therefore vital, which is why the popularity of moveable partitioning walls has never been so high.”

Style is the UK market leader in moveable partitioning wall systems, and the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG. It means the company has an extensive portfolio of wall systems to match any budget or requirement.

Better still, Style prides itself on the acoustics of its moveable wall systems; a key factor for companies and individuals involved in the design, specification, build or refurbishment of school buildings as highlighted in the Department of Education publication entitled, ‘Acoustic design of schools: performance standards’.

“Not only do we provide flexible space, enabling schools to frequently change their room configurations, the quality of acoustics with many of our products is so high that classes can be run concurrently either side of the partitioning wall undisturbed. In fact, our best acoustic wall has a 60dB rating which borders on soundproofing.

“By only using the space you require also saves on heating and lighting, and by using space more intelligently is far better than adding new temporary school buildings or creating extensions.”

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office


2015-11-30

BIM and Sustainability will be vital in 2016

Delivering sustainable solutions and adhering to BIM-based planning. These will be the two key issues in 2016 for architects, specifiers and contractors planning to install moveable partitioning walls.

According to Julian Sargent, group managing director of Style Partitions, the ability to evidence your green credentials is fast becoming an essential aspect of specifications for both new build projects and refurbishments.

Equally important is BIM (Building Information Modeling); the smart, computerised, three-dimensional planning of buildings, with 2016 being the year when it becomes mandatory in the UK for all publicly financed construction projects to use BIM.

Julian believes this will act as a key catalyst for BIM to become standard practice among architects and construction engineers - in the same way as in the USA.

“In 2016, I’m expecting to see significant changes in the moveable partitioning walls sector that will begin to revolutionise our industry,” said Julian.

“Style was the first UK supplier of moveable walls to be able to offer comprehensive BIM files for key elements of our range of partitioning wall systems, increasing the accuracy of estimations, reworks, alterations and the avoidance of error due to the loss of information.

“BIM isn’t just about changing the software you use. It requires everyone in the engineering, architecture and construction industries to work differently, and it’s going to become essential to use a BIM provider when specifying projects.

“When it comes to sustainability, the demands have changed dramatically in recent years.

“Companies, such as ours, are under increasing pressure to deliver sustainable solutions for BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and SKA (Measuring the environmental effects of an office fit-out).

“As the first ever UK supplier of EPD certified moveable walls in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN15804, we are extremely proud to be leading the way in this field, and the EPD communicates the environmental performance of a product.

“By having an EPD means architects and contractors can participate in tenders involving sustainable building certification procedures.

“If you look at the combination of BIM commencing and sustainability becoming ever-more important, 2016 is going to be a fascinating year as we see expectations shift, changing forever the way everyone operates.”

For more information about BIM and EPD certified moveable walls, please contact your nearest regional Style office


2015-10-27

Big or small – Style’s moveable walls are perfect for any requirement

Style has demonstrated once again the breadth and scale of its moveable partitioning wall solutions.

The market leading partitioning specialist has recently completed the largest UK operable wall installation of its type in 2015, using a combination of Skyfold and DORMA Variflex to deliver flexible space across rooms of 26 and 30 metres in length.

Yet, while working on a project of this magnitude at the Vox in Birmingham, which is part of NEC Group, Style also delivers far smaller projects for village schools, community centres and churches, demonstrating the extent of the company’s product portfolio and technical expertise.

“We’re very proud to offer a far-reaching range of moveable wall solutions that cater for projects of all scales and budgets,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.

“A number of years ago, Style was appointed to deliver flexible space at the London ExCel centre, a project that was the largest in Europe at the time and involved a phenomenal 4.4 miles of headtrack and 852 panels.

“Yet if you look at the case studies on our web site, we also work on many much smaller projects. Take for example Heddington School, a small voluntary aided village school in Wiltshire, where we installed a very simple, low cost folding wall to separate the classrooms.”

Style’s expertise and products span a multitude of sectors, including corporate, hospitality, education, public sector, religion and many more. As the exclusive UK partners to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, the company is able to meet any requirement, whatever the room size or budget.

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


2015-10-27

Skyfold celebrates 5000 walls worldwide

The team at Skyfold threw a party last month, celebrating its 5000th delivery of a Skyfold wall across the globe.

The achievement reflects the phenomenal demand for Skyfold, the ingenious vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable partitioning wall which is housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity and hidden when not in use.

To view a short video on Skyfold click here>>

Style, the UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist, has been the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold for over 10 years enjoying soaring demand in the UK for this innovative moveable wall solution

For recent UK projects, see the case studies page on Style’s web site.

“We were delighted to raise a glass to the Skyfold team to celebrate this incredible achievement,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “The remarkable growth in Skyfold comes as no surprise at all, because this is a truly amazing moveable wall solution, and we’re seeing unprecedented levels of demand in the UK as, once you’ve seen it in action, the benefits speak for themselves.

“Not only does it take up no floor space at all, it glides silently and quickly into place at the push of a button, dividing space in minutes and providing acoustics up to 59dB which is virtually soundproofed when in place.”

For information about Skyfold, contact your nearest regional Style office.


2015-09-30

Style ready for BIM 2016

With just 3 months of the year remaining, it is not long before it will become a mandatory requirement in the UK for all publicly financed construction projects to use BIM.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) describes the smart, computerised, three-dimensional planning of buildings. The virtual technology is realistic enough to create a precise 3D image of a building to be constructed.

Style was the first UK supplier of moveable walls to be able to offer comprehensive BIM files for key elements of their range of partitioning wall systems, and according to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands, the use of BIM will see some significant shifts for architects, specifiers, designers and the construction industry as a whole.

“BIM-based planning has become standard practice among architects and construction engineers in the USA, and in 2016 it will become a mandatory requirement in the UK for all publicly financed construction projects,” explained Mike.

“This is one of the most significant developments in building design for many years, and to give a flavour of its international importance, BIM has also been given high priority in France and in Germany, where the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is encouraging the widespread use of BIM.

“Rather than simply delivering downloadable 3D objects in different graphical formats, our DORMA Hüppe BIM tool provides Style’s customers with up-to-date, reliable and precise product data for the planning, construction and management of buildings.

“As a result, BIM offers enormous improvements when it comes to saving time and money. It increases the accuracy of estimations, reworks, alterations and the avoidance of error due to the loss of information.

“Adopting it is therefore far more involved than just changing the software you use. It requires everyone in the engineering, architecture and construction industries to work differently, and it’s going to become essential criteria to use a BIM provider when specifying projects.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, and their early adoption of BIM is a direct reflection of their continual drive to deliver innovative partitioning systems that out-perform the competition.

For more information, visit the home page of Style’s web site www.style-partitions.co.uk and click on the “BIM banner”.