2015-05-28

The Benefits of BIM – a quick explanation

The advantage of being able to offer such a detailed and realistic 3D planning capability lies in the improved understanding of a building, and its ongoing optimisation.

With each change in the dimensions of a movable wall, the height and width of the constituent partition elements are automatically modified. Changes to a partitioning configuration can be quickly simulated and the knowledge gained used to finally select the optimum placement of say, the pass doors.

Plans can be accurately tailored to each individual building and application type ranging from a simple partition system with central single-point suspension right through to a stacking track assembly with additional access tracks located outside the main axis. Once registered, specifiers can use the download links to obtain the DORMA Hüppe BIM object packages for specific software systems.

The models currently implemented are for Autodesk Revit (.rfa). Development of Graphisoft Archicad (.pln) versions is ongoing, with publication due this year.

“There is no doubt that BIM is here to stay”, said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “This technology is changing the face of construction and the way we are going to be working in the future.

“As AIS gold award-winning contractors, we are keen to embrace the opportunities it presents for more efficient working practices. Offering the modelling tools for the DORMA moveable wall range is just the first step and we are working to create BIM files for our other systems too.”

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

Alternatively, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


2015-04-29

Style’s YouTube Channel a Hit With Architects

Architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients wishing to look at the latest developments in moveable partitioning wall solutions can see a broad selection of walls in operation on Style’s YouTube channel.

To visit click here https://www.youtube.com/user/stylepartitions/videos

Since setting up the channel, Style’s videos have received 30,000 views and received exceptional feedback, with many architects commenting that it has enabled them to see the true benefits of a range of operable walls after watching them in action.

“We currently have 23 videos on our YouTube channel,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent, “and with the popularity of online video growing at such pace we’re adding to this all the time.

“Some are studio product videos and others are filmed on site following the installation of a new moveable wall. All are useful in demonstrating the various products and how effective they are at creating flexible room space.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, which means the moveable wall specialist is able to meet all requirements and budgets.

Serving a multitude of markets including corporate, education, public sector, hospitality, healthcare and religion, the videos show examples from a number of these sectors and their use. With offices across the UK, the company also has a London Showroom where visitors can see a range of moveable walls and hear their exceptional acoustic integrity.

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


2015-04-29

Demand Grows for Sports Hall Partition

Interest in Style’s Multiroll moveable wall is on the up.

The product is ideal for sport halls in schools and other leisure facilities where acoustics aren’t essential, and has been a real hit in the main hall of the £11 million Leominster Primary school in Herefordshire, and at Windygoul - an Eco school in the south of Tranent, East Lothian.

See Multiroll in action on Style’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt9KJ07RuzQ

“Multiroll is a superb partitioning wall with optional retractable side guides, activated by the simple push of a button,” said Keith Way, Style’s director for the South East.

“It can be mounted in a beam area of a roof or invisibly fitted between a suspended ceiling, and has the flexibility to be installed as a laterally guided partition, stepped partition or safety curtain.

“It is therefore perfect for sport halls in schools and other leisure facilities where sound privacy is not a necessity, yet it has the advantage of being fitted with sound absorbing non-woven fabric providing noise insulation, shorter reverberation times and improved voice audibility.”

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


2015-03-30

Moveable Partitions an Excellent Investment for Schools

Schools looking at the investment of 2015/2016 Budgets should consider the practical and financial advantages of installing moveable partitioning walls.

Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north, explains that the benefits of creating flexible space in schools are far-reaching, which is why operable walls are appearing in an increasing number of schools all the time.

“Virtually every new school development and most refurbishment projects now involve the facility to use space as flexibly as possible,” said Andy. “Schools, academies and colleges are under a great deal of pressure to use their rooms for a wide multitude of activities, with certain rooms changing from assembly halls into PE, dance, drama or examination areas all in the space of a day.

“Gone are the days when schools have the luxury of allocating certain rooms just for one activity, and then leaving them empty at other times. Now, getting the most out of every room is vital which is why the popularity of moveable partitioning walls has never been higher.”

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 monumental growth in recent years as schools recognise the benefits of using space as flexibly as they can. Thanks to the outstanding acoustic integrity of Style’s product range, schools can also choose walls that are virtually soundproofed when shut – therefore enabling a noisy dance lesson to be run concurrently next to a lesson that requires peace and quiet.

“The latest moveable wall systems offer phenomenal acoustics, privacy and easy operation,” said Andy. “By only using the space you require also saves on heating and lighting of large areas.

“As a result, we are finding that many schools 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.”

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


2015-03-30

Style’s London Showroom Receives First-Rate Feedback

Style’s London showroom, located near the Barbican, is enjoying phenomenal feedback from the architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients who visit it.

According to Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, the response since opening its doors last Autumn has been so good he would urge anyone based in London, or visiting the City, who is involved in building specification or design to come and see it for themselves.

“Our showroom in London is just round the corner from Barbican Tube Station, and has been set up as a showcase for the very best in interior fit outs.

“It offers architects, specifiers, contractors, interior designers and end user clients the perfect opportunity to see some of the most innovative solutions for room fit out – all under one roof.

“On show are the very latest in moveable partitioning wall solutions, including the revolutionary Skyfold which is a fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall. Visitors can also review the very latest in wall coverings, lighting design, acoustics and a whole host of other innovations too.”

The innovation centre is in the heart of London’s interior design district. For more information, please contact your nearest regional Style office who will be pleased to advise you about arranging a visit.


2015-02-27

Combining Moveable Walls Can Deliver Outstanding Results

Combining different moveable wall systems to create flexible space results in highly stylish and practical solutions.

This is according to Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, who says that bringing together more than one product type can lead to outstanding room configurations as well as breathtaking interior design.

“We have a number of case studies of installations where products have been combined,” said Julian. “Circle Housing is the most recent, where DORMA Moveo Glass was used alongside Skyfold and the end result was phenomenal.

“In this scenario, the light and space of the Moveo Glass enabled the entire area to feel open, even when the wall systems were closed. Then at the push of a button, further room division is provided by the Skyfold which glides silently and effortlessly into place from the ceiling cavity. The entire arrangement is hugely versatile and extremely stylish.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG giving the market leading moveable wall specialists an extensive portfolio of solutions. As a result, Style’s team works closely with architects, contractors and end-user clients to always find the best solution – and this can be a combination of systems.

The company’s web site offers architects and specifiers an NBS specification service, and Style provides CPD seminars throughout the UK which enjoy outstanding feedback.

“We have remained firmly focused on developing a market leading proposition of the best portfolio of products, delivered with efficient processes and high calibre people” said Julian. “And we would urge anyone looking for flexible room configurations to talk to us as early as possible in the process as we are often able to develop ideas using multiple systems.”

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