Style wins Gold again!

Style has won the FIS Gold Contractors Award for its installation at The Vox, part of the NEC Group.

It’s the 8th time in total Style has won the gold award, which is presented annually to companies that demonstrate the highest levels of craftsmanship.

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The FIS judging panel make onsite visits to see for themselves the quality of each company’s work, and by scooping the top accolade in 2016 means Style has now won Gold 7 times in the last 9 years.

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands, said, “This was the largest moveable wall installation of its type last year running across rooms of 26 and 30 metres in length.

“Four Skyfolds were installed, offering a 54dB Rw acoustic rating, and incorporating fabric covered sound absorption panels and high pressure laminate. Skyfold is the ingenious vertically rising, fully automatic acoustic moveable wall, housed in the ceiling cavity remaining hidden when not in use.

“In addition, two DORMA Variflex systems were installed offering impressive 57dB Rw acoustics.

“These moveable walls incorporated four sets of double doors in a ‘T’ configuration to give access to all areas. The Variflex panels park neatly within two stacking zones at each end of the conference space, with a laminate finish on the main elevations.

“Such was the magnitude of the project that the walls were transferred to the opening of the Vox by crane which lifted more than fifty crates from the Crown Plaza Hotel car park.”

Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director added, “We’re thrilled to have won the Gold award yet again.

“As well as saying a huge thank you to everyone on the Style midlands team, we’d also like to thank our partners on this project - Monteith Scott architects of Birmingham, and contractor, Overbury Plc.”

For more information about Style’s range of moveable wall solutions please contact your nearest Style regional office.


The future of moveable walls is in full automation

Architects, specifiers and contractors looking to create flexible room space should turn their attention to the very latest in fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall solutions.

That’s the view of David Louden, Style Partitions’ director for Scotland, who believes the benefits of choosing a fully automated solution are so far-reaching that they will fast become the norm.

“If you look at DORMA’s fully automatic ComfortDrive system, this is an example of a superb automatic moveable partitioning wall,” explained David.

“You can change the configuration of a room simply by pushing a button. There’s no manual handling of panels, less chance of operator damage, its effortlessly simple to open and close, and if any person or object is in the way it will reverse and retry closure before stopping completely until the route is clear.

“It means you can alter your room space quickly and with incredible ease, and it’s due to technology like this that interest in fully automatic systems is increasing at a phenomenal pace.”

As the UK’s market leading, multi-award winning moveable partitioning wall specialist, Style’s expertise spans a whole range of market sectors, including corporate, hospitality, education, local authority, religion, retail and healthcare.

Style recently installed a fully automated moveable wall system with a 55dB acoustic rating at Nottingham Trent University, enabling teaching areas to be divided into individual classrooms or opened up into open plan lecture theatres.

St. Joseph’s Primary school in Dundee also chose a fully automatic solution for its 5 metre high partitioning wall in its main hall. Here, DORMA Moveo Comfortdrive operates with a simple LCD control pad. The panels move along the track and lock into position with no manual input from the school staff.

Style is also the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold – the ingenious ‘vertically rising’ fully automatic moveable wall system housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity and activated by the push of a button.

To view videos of fully automatic walls in operation, please visit the Product Video sections within the Moveable Walls and Skyfold sections of the Style web site.

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


Style Appoints David Gillies as Dorma Product Sales Director - Southern Region

Style Partitions is pleased to announce the arrival of David Gillies as its new DORMA product sales director for the south.

Joining Style directly from DORMA UK, David previously worked as a London specification consultant, product manager and major projects manager during his 7 years with the global market leader in Entrance Systems and Solutions. He brings to Style outstanding experience and knowledge of DORMA’s Glass Movable Partition Systems and finding solutions to common access issues.

“I’m delighted to welcome David to our team,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent. “All of the architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients we work with will benefit from his knowledge of DORMA’s product range across a broad cross section of markets.

“As demand grows for fully automatic operable wall systems, and with glass soaring in popularity, his expertise in these areas will also be invaluable.

“On behalf of everyone at Style, I’d like to wish David every success and if you’d like to contact him please call the southern office on 01202 874044.”


Style’s moveable wall health check and breakdown service sees growing demand

Style’s moveable wall safety check and repair service has seen unprecedented growth in the last 12 months, with demand also rising for scheduled maintenance and service contracts.

The UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist offers a UK-nationwide breakdown and repair service, a choice of service contracts and a health check whereby Style’s qualified technicians carry out a free, no obligation safety check of your moveable wall to highlight any current or potential problems. If defects are found, a quotation is provided for repairs which can normally be carried out on the first visit as Style’s engineers carry replacement parts at all times.

Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director said, “We have an exceptional team of technicians serving the UK through our five strategically located regional offices, and we are the UK's only approved contractor able to service DORMA Huppe, Skyfold and SWG products.

“Nevertheless, we are equally qualified to provide servicing and repairs for other products too, and have market leading expertise in diagnosing faults and delivering very high quality repairs.

“Whether you have a simple folding wall or a fully automatic system we have longstanding experience and a proven track record. For more complex repairs, or for panels over 4m high, we use the latest technology to detect the problem without having to take the panel down from the track.

“By using an endoscopic camera, we can perform remote examinations to inspect the internal components of the panel and if possible, offer an immediate solution.”

If you have any concerns about the safety, or operation, of your moveable partitioning wall please contact your nearest Style regional office who will be happy to come and offer a no obligation inspection.


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.