Style appoints service and aftercare director

Leading movable walls specialist, Style, has appointed a new service and aftercare director to develop its service and repairs business.

Sjors Kuijs joins Style from thyssenkrupp Elevator where he held various responsibilities for the company’s service business, and he brings with him extensive expertise in national service and support networks.

Style Partitions’ aftersales service has grown rapidly in recent years with moveable wall customers relying on scheduled servicing and repairs to ensure the smooth operation of their operable walls, protecting their acoustic integrity and ensuring their reliable operation for many years.

Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Sjors on board and he brings with him a clear vision as to how we will further develop our national service and repair network, giving customers first class service –whether it’s a routine visit or an emergency repair.”

Sjors Kuijs added, “It’s a real honour to join the UK’s market leading moveable walls provider. Style’s service and repairs business operates as a separate company so that it can focus purely on aftersales support – starting from the moment a new wall has been installed, but also supporting many older walls - even ones that Style didn’t originally install.

“As exclusive UK partners to DORMA and Skyfold, no other company apart from Style has the capability, skills or technology to service and repair these walls and, thanks to our five regional offices, we have engineers close by wherever you are in the country.”

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office or call Sjors Kuijs at Style’s Southern office on 01202 874044

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New Skyfold Zenith Premium fills a void

Skyfold has launched an innovative new development to its moveable wall range with a feature that gives ceilings a smooth finish.

Housed in the ceiling cavity when not in use, the Skyfold range of fully automatic walls all glide vertically and effortlessly into position at the push of a button, offering outstanding acoustic integrity and a wide range of finishes.

The new Zenith Premium system has a clever new feature which fills the void in the ceiling (where the wall is housed when not in use) giving a smooth finish to the ceiling when lowered, with no cavity on display and a flat acoustic seal.

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, said, “This is a very clever addition to the Skyfold range and will be popular with architects and specifiers looking to achieve really clean and smooth lines.

“When the Skyfold Zenith Premium has been lowered into place, the ceiling still appears untouched – as it hides the cavity where the Skyfold is housed.

“We anticipate a great deal of demand for this in company boardrooms and places where the moveable wall is an important showpiece within a room’s design and functionality.”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold offering a complete design, installation and scheduled servicing solution.

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office


Business as usual for Style amid industry concerns over Carillion

Following the collapse of Carillion, Style would like to clarify its position as a specialist contractor of moveable walls across many market sectors.

Style has not been financially affected by Carillion entering liquidation, nor has any of its manufacturing partners.

“It is ‘business as usual’ for Style,” said group managing director, Julian Sargent, “and we continue to provide market-leading moveable partition wall installations using world-beating products.

“As the exclusive UK partner to DORMA and Skyfold we have an extensive portfolio of products, and our manufacturing partners are robust, financially stable, global market leaders.”

If you have any questions, please speak to your nearest regional Style office.


Looking for moveable wall panels to fit existing tracks? Style has a solution!

Architects, specifiers and contractors looking to source panels for moveable wall track systems already in place should talk to Style, the UK’s leading moveable wall specialist.

According to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, it’s often assumed that if you have tracks already in place for supporting a moveable wall, you can only use the panels from the same supplier or manufacturer – however this is not always the case.

“We have a very broad portfolio of moveable partitioning walls,” said Mike, “and that means we often have panels that can be fitted to existing tracks in the ceiling or on the floor, even if these are from other providers.

“We’ve had instances before when, for various reasons, a track system is in place but the contractor or end-user client cannot get hold of the panels, and on many occasions we have been able to provide and install a product onto that track system.

“Our service and repairs team has also been asked to replace damaged panels onto track systems we didn’t originally install and we pride ourselves on being able to fulfill almost any requirement.”

If you require panels for an existing track system, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


BIM’s importance grows with moveable wall automation

The use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) is going to become increasingly important as demand soars for automated moveable wall systems.

That’s the expert opinion of Julian Sargent, group managing director of Style, the UK’s leading moveable partitioning walls specialists, who advises that the shift towards more complex operable wall systems is bringing the benefits of BIM to the forefront.

“The hi-tech partitioning wall systems of today offer diverse opportunities to deliver efficient space flexibility to almost any room,” said Julian. “But these sophisticated operable walls require considerably more input at the planning and design stages, making the use of BIM imperative.

“To give you an idea of the level of growth in automated wall systems, 10% of all of DORMA’s UK sales are now for their fully automatic ComfortDrive system, launched only two years ago.

“Sales of the phenomenal Skyfold partition, which descends from the ceiling at the press of a button, have also rocketed. It took Style 10 years to sell the first 100 units but in just three years since then we have installed more than 150 walls.

“With automatic systems that involve electrics and control boxes, there’s a lot more to consider in the specification process which is why we are finding BIM an invaluable tool and regularly make use of NBS authored objects from the National BIM library.

“This system allows our design team to work with other contractors to quickly assess how different options impact on the overall development, encouraging experimentation with various elements such as full-glass or fabric covered panels, or the parking arrangements for example.

“BIM tools can also be used to maximise acoustic performance, ensuring installation is precisely scheduled so that sound flanking, for example, can be minimised. If we come into the process too late, there is only so much remedial work the installation team can do to reduce sound leakage, but BIM modelling ensures we are on site at exactly the right time.”

Automatic operable walls are not just about simplifying life and many believe they are the epitome of best practice. For example, automatic electronic seals always expand to exactly the optimum pressure to maximise acoustic integrity. There is no risk of them being manually wound too tight and causing damage or of not being extended sufficiently and allowing sound leakage.

Similarly, with a fully automatic system, the panels themselves will not be bumped or scratched by someone rushing to get the wall in place. Finally, with space being an expensive commodity, there is a direct cost benefit too and having an automatic partitioning wall really does allow multiple events and meetings to run concurrently.

“Clearly there’s a lot to consider if specifying a modern operable wall and this impacts the very earliest stages of a project,” continues Julian. “Involving a partitioning expert right at the beginning allows an innovative solution to be created that can surpass expectations – and BIM is at the very heart of this process.”


Style celebrates growth of Scottish division

Style Scotland, the regional arm of UK partitioning experts Style, celebrates ten years of phenomenal growth.

“Since our launch in September 2007, we have installed more than 1300 operable walls worth in excess of £10m,” confirms David Louden, director for Style Scotland from their offices in Tillicoultry.

“In the month of September, Style strengthened its order book securing business worth more than £700K.  This was a record month for us and shows how far the business has travelled in the last decade.”

Working closely with support from the other Style offices in the South of England, the Midlands and the North, Style Scotland completed the geographical coverage of the UK.

By combining the integrated management systems, strength and consistency of a national business with all the benefits of a locally operated one, Style Scotland has been able to offer the market a comprehensive solution to the creation of flexible space.

Over the ten years Style Scotland has delivered moveable wall solutions to countless high-profile projects across the region.  At the Hydro Arena in Glasgow for example, two large Skyfold vertical-rising partitions were installed on either side of the stage, along with ten Dorma Varitrans glazed walls within the hospitality suites, in a project worth £500K to the Scottish region.

Of similar value was the installation at the University of Strathclyde TIC Building which was the first tiered auditorium in the UK to be divided by a stepped-Skyfold automatic wall system.

More recently, Style Scotland worked with Glasgow City Council to sub-divide a school hall with a ceiling height of 7.5m, using DORMA Variflex panels on programmable steel track.

The future looks bright too, particularly with regards to fully automatic partitioning walls systems, which have shown a definite upsurge in demand over the last three years.