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.

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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.


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”.


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.


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.


Style’s apprentice scheme goes from strength to strength

Style is hailing the success of its growing apprentice scheme after an increasing number of school leavers are progressing through the business.

As the UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist, the company is proud of its youth development policy which is seeing an increasing number of young apprentices learn, develop and grow, becoming important members of the team.

“We’re finding some incredibly talented, hard-working and enthusiastic young people emerging from schools and colleges, eager to learn,” said Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north.

“As well as being delighted to offer them their first step on a career ladder, they bring a huge amount of value to our business, which relies on the quality of its people.”

Adam Wood, a construction contract NVQ level 3 apprentice at Style’s northern office, said, “There’s a growing number of us at Style who are all progressing through their apprentice scheme, and I feel really fortunate that they gave me this opportunity to learn new skills and be part of an award winning business.

“The company’s directors and management team have invested in my future and when we meet architects, contractors and local authorities we get a great reception because everyone believes in the importance of young people like me being given these opportunities to join, and learn from, market leading businesses like Style.”

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


Style wins Gold for the seventh time

Style, the UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist, has won the FIS Gold contractors award for the 7th time.

Previously called the AIS Contractors Awards, the coveted honors are presented annually to companies that demonstrate the highest levels of craftsmanship, with on-site visits by the judging panel to see for themselves the quality of each company’s work.

The accolade was awarded after judges had visited Style’s installation of 3 of the very latest Skyfold STC60 moveable walls at Henderson TIAA, a project with Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will.

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With a 59dB rating, the new Skyfold offers a level of soundproofing which is unrivalled by any other moveable wall solution of its type. Operated by the push of a button, the wall glides effortlessly and quickly into place and, because it is housed in the ceiling cavity, it maximises floor space and is completely hidden when not in use.

The Gold award was presented to Martin Lester, Style South's sales office manager, who joined group managing director, Julian Sargent, at the FIS President's Lunch on 9 June at The Dorchester Hotel, London.

“We are thrilled to win another gold award, and I'm delighted that Martin, an important and longstanding member of our team, went up to receive it,” said Julian Sargent. “He represents all the great people we have at Style who deserve to be recognised for their incredible work.

"This is our seventh gold in total and our 12th gold or silver award overall, and reflects the incredibly talented team we have at Style, and the continued inward investment we place in the very best people, products and processes.”

With 5 offices across the UK, Style is accredited by ISOQAR to a UKAS standard for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

For more information, please contact your nearest Style regional office