Silverstone recently hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is a time of year when Style’s team are called in to supervise a pit-stop turnaround.
The Wing, a venue by the track used throughout the year for hospitality, conference and VIP viewing, transforms into a media centre for this global event, giving the world’s broadcasters, reporters and journalists a private room for the weekend’s racing.
Seven years ago, Style installed a semi-automatic DORMA moveable wall to quickly reconfigure the space, specifically with the annual F1 in mind.
Because this is such a high profile event, the Style team offered to be on hand each year to check the wall was properly positioned as part of a service contract. This removes the stress from the organisers and offers genuine added value to a high profile client.
“Watching our team in action to quickly help reconfigure the room in time for the world’s press to arrive is similar to the speed and precision of Lewis Hamilton’s team when he comes in for a tyre change,” joked Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.
“But on a serious note, its a room arrangement that changes an open plan conference suite into a private area with a corridor, and the team at Silverstone are extremely grateful that we are there to assist in altering the space once a year. It’s reassuring to have our technicians on hand to ensure the wall is correctly positioned and that the acoustics are spot on.
“The Wing at Silverstone has also got potential for greater flexibility because, when we installed the moveable wall back in 2011, we future proofed the room by putting in additional tracks. It means if they decide to divide the room further, at a later date, they can split it into thirds.”
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The NBS National BIM report 2017 revealed that BIM adoption rates have doubled in the last 5 years. In 2012, BIM usage sat at 31% and by 2017 it had reached 62%, showing the speed at which it is being embraced.
The NBS report is complied from a survey of more than 1000 people across varying professions and practices.
As an early adopter of BIM, and the first UK moveable wall specialist to use Building Information Modeling a number of years ago, Style has seen huge benefits.
Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, explains. “We’re seeing a significant increase in the specification of fully automatic moveable wall systems which involve electrics and control boxes.
“That means there’s a lot more to consider in the specification process making BIM an invaluable tool.
“We regularly make use of NBS authored objects from the National BIM library, and the system allows our design team to work with other contractors to quickly assess how different options impact on the overall development.
“It also encourages experimentation with various elements, such as glass or fabric covered panels, or different parking arrangements. BIM tools can also be used to maximise acoustic performance, ensuring installation is precisely scheduled so that sound flanking can be minimised.
“With modern moveable walls there’s a lot to consider and this impacts the very earliest stages of a project,” continues Julian. “Involving our experts right at the beginning allows an innovative solution to be created that can surpass expectations – and we use BIM at the very heart of this process.”
Moveable wall specialist, Style, has been recognised yet again with an accolade in the prestigious FIS contractors’ awards.
By scooping the silver award for its installation at Adobe takes Style’s tally to 9 gold and 5 silver, making them the most honoured moveable walls contractor in the UK. The FIS Awards Lunch took place at London’s Dorchester hotel in June and was attended by more than 460 members and guests.
“We’re thrilled to be recognised once again,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent. “Our commitment to offering the very best moveable wall solutions continues to be recognised by architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients and by winning our 14th award in our 19 year history underpins that.
“We continue to invest in new talent, processes and systems, and our product range continues to strengthen thanks to our exclusive UK partnership with the world leading brands of DORMA and Skyfold.
“The award winning project at Adobe reflects our ability to innovate. Seeking collaborative workspace, we created a working wall which is a cluster of individual moveable wall panels that can be used in isolation to create one simple screen, or pulled together for a wider temporary wall.
“Very simple to operate, and with each panel acting as a magnetic white board on one side and a fabric which allows notes to be pinned to it on the other, they can be moved into place, locked, and pivoted as required.
“It means they can swivel during breakout sessions to share ideas with adjoining groups during brainstorms or impromptu gatherings.”
Style, the UK’s leading moveable walls specialist, has made some key appointments by adding two accomplished industry professionals to its sales team.
Michael Porter joins Style South from Acoustic Moveable Wall Solutions, and Steve Williams joins Style Midlands from CE Solutions. Both bring with them extensive knowledge of the moveable walls sector, and of working with architects, specifiers, interior designers, contractors and end-user clients in the provision of flexible space.
From studying the built environment, Michael began in the commercial Fit-Out sector aged 18. He worked in project management on commercial fit-outs, as well as carrying out interiors consultancy on high-end residential projects, before entering the moveable wall sector 5 years ago.
Steve has worked in the moveable walls industry for the past 9 years and brings valuable knowledge and experience across multiple market sectors. His roles have seen him involved from initial tender through to project completion.
“We’re delighted to welcome Steve to our team in the Midlands, and Michael to Style’s southern region,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.
“We wish them both well in their new roles and look forward to them bringing huge value to our clients thanks to their superb track record in our sector.”
Style’s UK-wide aftercare and service team has come to the rescue of a Midlands school whose moveable wall hadn’t been working for a number of years.
At 50 years old, and made from timber, the school’s concern was that it would have to be replaced. But Style’s technicians diagnosed that the problem was with the rollers along the bottom – many of which had seized due to old age and a lack of regular servicing.
Sjors Kuijs, Style’s service & aftercare director, explains that three options were presented to the school; one being to have a completely new moveable wall, this the more expensive choice, another to replace some of the seized rollers, yet this could mean that over time some of the others may begin to also seize, the third to replace all of the bottom rollers.
“We quickly agreed with the school that option three was by far the most cost-effective and practical,” said Sjors.
“We therefore removed one of the rollers and sent it to one of our engineering partners to make eight new ones. After all, this was a 50 year old wall and no parts were available from the original manufacturer.
“Once the new rollers had been made, our team then returned to the school to fit them.
“This was extremely complicated, because our engineers had to work out the wall’s antiquated and tricky stacking arrangement before the wall could be taken down, the new rollers added and the wall fixed back to the top track.
“It goes to show the importance of employing leading technicians for this type of work and how a yearly service protects the life of a moveable wall to keep it working.
“On this occasion, the school staff are over the moon, not only having saved a fortune but enjoying a working partition again that will serve them for years to come.”
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Fully automatic operable walls are in higher demand than ever before according to Style - the UK’s leading moveable wall installation and aftercare provider.
Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, whose latest fully electric installation was at the Mountsorrel Memorial Centre in Loughborough, explains that demand is growing year on year thanks to the wide range of advantages full automation brings.
“The benefits of choosing a fully automatic moveable wall are becoming far more widely recognised by architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients,” said Mike.
“Not only do they make it far easier to divide space, simply by pushing a button, they also remove any chance of operator error. This means panels are much less likely to be damaged by poor handling because there is no manual intervention.
“To divide a room in two, all you have to do is press a button and the wall moves into place, and the seals always expand to precisely the right pressure, ensuring excellent acoustic privacy.
“They also stop automatically if they detect an object in the way, re-trying once before waiting for the item to be removed.”
Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA and Skyfold, both of which offer fully automatic solutions.
Skyfold is the hugely innovative, vertically rising acoustic moveable wall, housed in a ceiling cavity and descending effortlessly into place at the push of a button. Style has installed almost 250 Skyfolds in the UK.
DORMA produces the ComfortDrive automatic wall and, in the two years since its launch, sales have been phenomenal and already account for over 10% of Style’s DORMA sales.
“This is, without doubt, the way forward for creating flexible space in a whole range of sectors,” concluded Mike,” and we have seen demand from the corporate sector, education, local authorities, hospitality and many others.”
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