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”.


2015-09-30

Have you visited Style’s London showroom?

It’s almost a year since Style launched its London showroom, and since then it has been a huge success with architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients.

Located near the Barbican, anyone based in London or visiting the capital, can request a visit to the showroom and discuss projects with one of Style’s specialist team in person.

As well as seeing Style’s impressive range of moveable wall solutions 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.

“If you haven’t been to our showroom yet, it’s well worth a visit,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“In one room 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. In fact many people have ordered or specified Skyfold immediately after their visit – it really is that impressive.

“Also on show are moveable partitioning wall solutions from DORMA and SWG. These combine to give Style customers a superb portfolio of operable wall solutions for all requirements and budgets. Furthermore, visitors can review the very latest in wall coverings, lighting design, acoustics and a whole host of other innovations too.”

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.

Please visit the Contact Us page of our web site for more information.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit the showroom in London, please contact your nearest regional Style office who would be delighted to talk to you about the latest innovations in room fit out.


2015-07-21

Style appointed as moveable wall partner to Sunesis

Style, the UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist, has been appointed as a key partner to Sunesis, the market leaders in pre-designed buildings across a range of market sectors.

Sunesis is a joint venture between Scape Group and Willmott Dixon offering buildings delivered through an OJEU compliant framework to a tried and tested efficient process. Clients are able to choose a building model that best meets their needs, then personalise it according to their preferences and requirements.

Flexible space is an important part of that personalisation process, and Sunesis customers benefit from the very best partitioning solution thanks to the partnership with Style, which is providing a DORMA Variflex moveable wall with a superb 55dB Rw acoustic rating.

Tim Carey, product director at Sunesis, said, “Sunesis is a highly innovative and modern approach to building specification, offering a fixed cost, defined construction timescale and the benefit of a full Level 2 BIM model.

“Working with other forward-thinking, market leading businesses adds significant value to the overall Sunesis proposition and it is therefore essential that our supplier partners are able to guarantee quality, cost and delivery when their products are chosen by our clients.

“Style is a company we have known and respected for several years, and with whom we have always had a strong working relationship. We are therefore delighted to welcome them as key partners to our Keynes2 range of primary schools – a market that Style knows extremely well.”

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands, added, “Being involved in ground-breaking concepts in the construction sector is a real privilege and we are delighted that our ongoing investment in our people, processes, products and overall quality standards has resulted in us become a trusted partner to Willmott Dixon and Scape on such an exciting venture.

“DORMA Variflex is a superb product, and a key advantage for schools is that the panels are manufactured separately to the frame, making them easy to change if one is damaged or scuffed.

“It’s also a hugely popular partitioning wall system that is simple to manoeuvre, enabling a room to be divided in two, or opened up completely, offering real flexibility in the way the space is used.”

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