Flexible space is vital in the education sector

Schools, colleges and universities looking to maximise the use of their rooms should look at the wide range of moveable partitioning wall systems on offer, their versatility and acoustics.

According to Mike Fine, Style Partitions’ director for the Midlands, schools, colleges and universities are under huge pressure to use their rooms for a wide multitude of activities, with the use of certain rooms changing frequently every day.

“The latest moveable wall systems offer acoustics that border on complete soundproofing, are fully automated in their operation, can cater for stepped lecture theatres and can be installed with writeable white board finishes for use during lessons,” said Mike.

“Being able to divide a large room into smaller rooms, or use it as one large open plan area, means the space can be adapted to suit the activity and reconfigured in minutes. Better still, by only using the space you require also saves on heating and lighting.

“As a result, we are finding that many schools, colleges and universities are choosing to invest part of their annual budgets in creating flexible space because this is far better than adding new temporary buildings or creating extensions.”

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.

“The education sector has seen unprecedented growth in recent years as schools recognise the benefits of using space as flexibly as they can,” added Mike, “and we have many examples of installations in the education sector on our web site.”

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


Construction industry readies itself for BIM

Partitioning expert, Style, recently announced that it was the first moveable partitioning wall company to make BIM objects for their folding wall systems available on the award winning RIBA NBS National BIM Library.

With Building Information Modelling (BIM) the biggest priority on the construction sector agenda, announcements are gathering pace. Balfour Beatty, Bechtel and VolkerFitzpatrick have joined the handful of contractors to be BIM2 verified ahead of the Government’s 4 April public sector project compliance deadline.

Business standards company BSI accredited the firms using its recently launched BIM scheme for PAS 1192-2 information management on construction projects. They join BAM and Skanska, which were approved four months ago by BSI, with Interserve, Shepherd Engineering Services and Howard Russell among the other big names to announce they have been BIM 2 certificated.

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

It makes recommendations for the adoption of industry conventions, challenges project complacency and promotes consistency and transparency of work processes between parties.

“This is the most significant change we have seen in our sector for years,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“As a result, all the major players are readying themselves for BIM, and as the UK’s leading moveable partitioning walls provider we are proud to lead our sector once again.

“It was last September when we announced that we were 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.

“By being first to appear on the RIBA NBS National BIM Library adds to our products featuring in the RIBA Product Selector and our RIBA CPD programme, which means we continue to offer architects a full house of technical support.”

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


Demand grows for fully automatic partitioning walls

Style Partitions has seen a surge in demand for its fully automatic moveable partitioning walls.

According to David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland, the ease of operation of a fully automatic wall, and the quality of the automatic wall systems available, has resulted in specifications being at an all time high.

“Most of our moveable wall solutions are now available with fully automatic options,” said David.

“Skyfold has always been automated. This is our revolutionary, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity, which glides into position at the push of a button.

“Our DORMA range also now comes with fully automatic versions, making them effortless to open and close, and removing all manual handling.”

Style is the multi-award winning moveable partitioning specialist, and is the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold, DORMA and SWG. Providing solutions across multiple sectors including corporate, hospitality, education, religion, local authorities, the NHS and community centres, Style offers partitioning walls to meet all requirements and budgets.

“When dividing space, its important to be able to do it quickly and easily,” continued David.

“Its for this reason that our fully automatic range is creating such demand as a room can be divided into two, or opened up into a larger space, at the push of a button.”

For more information about fully automatic moveable walls, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Style BIM objects available on National BIM Library

BIM objects from Style Partitions are now live on the award winning NBS National BIM Library.

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

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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.

In 2016 it becomes a mandatory requirement in the UK for all centrally procured Government projects to be a fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being digital).

“We’ve been working extremely hard to meet the needs of architects and specifiers by making BIM objects accessible and easy to use for key elements of our moveable partitioning wall ranges,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“There is no doubt that BIM will shape the future of how buildings and construction projects are designed and specified, and by placing them onto the NBS National BIM Library is an exciting industry first we’re incredibly proud of.”

Style operates through 5 regional offices, evenly spread across the UK to ensure advice and support is never too far away, wherever customers are located. Architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients wishing to understand the impact of BIM, and the action they need to take, can enjoy free advice by contacting their nearest Style office.

“BIM-based planning has become standard practice among architects and construction engineers in the USA, and 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,” said Julian.

“With publicly financed construction projects adhering to BIM this year, we can see its importance in the UK growing very rapidly – quickly becoming standard practice.”

Rather than simply delivering downloadable 3D objects in different graphical formats, 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. It increases the accuracy of estimations, reworks, alterations and the avoidance of error due to the loss of information.

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


What do cars and moveable partitioning walls have in common?

Companies, schools, colleges, hospitals, churches, village halls, hotels, sports halls and conferences centres that have moveable partitioning walls should have them regularly serviced.

According to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, operable walls are very much like vehicles, with routine servicing vital during their lifespan.

“Manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic moveable walls will perform better, and for longer, if they are treated well,” said Mike.

“A sign that this is becoming increasingly recognised is in the demand for our scheduled servicing and maintenance, which has soared in recent years. This is where our technicians routinely visit customers to check their wall’s operation and make any adjustments to avoid wear and tear.

“No-one would drive a car or van for years without an oil change or a service, and flexible walls that divide space are no different. They are being opened and closed frequently, contain moving parts and always benefit from being inspected by a qualified engineer who can spot potential difficulties before they arise.

“That way, some of our walls last for 20 – 25 years or more, and customers that opt for our scheduled servicing can save vast sums of money in the long run by not having to replace them.”

As well as scheduled servicing, Style’s team of field engineers is also on hand for urgent repairs, and can assist with any moveable partitioning wall even if the company didn’t originally install it.

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


Demand for moveable glass partitioning walls grows in the retail sector

The UK retail market is beginning to recognise the potential offered by moveable glass partitioning frontages for shops, and is a sector on the cusp of substantial growth.

This is according to Julian Sargent, group managing director of Style – the UK’s leading moveable partitioning specialists.

Julian explains that, moveable walls, such as DORMA’s Varitrans system, not only bring convenience and flexibility to retailers, they also entice customers into shops thanks to clear and open access.

“A glass moveable wall, which can be quickly opened and closed, removes all barriers between the walkway or shopping centre and the shop,” said Julian. “It means potential customers and passers-by can enter the premises far more easily, not having to make that physical decision to go through a door, and can start to browse from the concourse before being drawn in.

“It also means that shops can adapt their store on a daily basis, opening the front up completely, closing it to provide a more traditional shop window or leaving it partially open to create a wider entrance.”

DORMA’s Varitrans is used worldwide by retailers, the UK market looking set to become the next major growth area. Available with DORMA’s ComfortDrive fully automatic system, it means this operable wall can be effortlessly opened and closed at the push of a button. Retailers can choose between single or double integrated doors, and also have the facility to fully customise it with manifestations including screen printing, sand etching and logo placement.

“We’ve already seen demand from the food and beverage sector, with restaurants, café’s and bars enjoying the freedom to open up or close the front of their premises,” said Julian. “Our expectation is that as high streets, station concourses and shopping centres continue to focus on the ‘ultimate customer experience’, we will see a surge of growth in the retail sector too.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA. For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office.