2015-06-29

Moveable walls cater for challenging room shapes and sizes

Architects, specifiers, contractors and interior designers working with challenging room designs are being encouraged to talk to Style about their projects.

According to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, flexible space can be created through the installation of a moveable partitioning wall even when the room configuration is difficult.

“If a room is unconventional in its shape, ceiling height, age or even if its furnishings appear to restrict the ability to include an operable wall, it is always worth talking to us because there will be a solution,” said Mike.

“We have some great examples where our highly skilled team have developed ingenious systems to some very challenging problems, including curved moveable walls, ones that cater for stepped amphitheatres, walls that have a thin path of travel and can be opened or closed within the tightest of gaps, very high ceilings, ones where the stacking area needs to be housed away from the room the wall is used in, and we have an example of a wall that provided an interface with a sloping Mansard roof.

“The advice is therefor quite clear. Talk to us and tap into our advice, because as exclusive UK partners to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, we have access to an extensive range of moveable wall solutions.

“We also have the very best technicians and designers who have a track record of developing imaginative bespoke partitioning walls for clients in circumstances when it had been doubted whether a solution was possible.”

Style recently announced that it had become 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, adding even further advancements to its design capabilities. Delivering more than just downloadable 3D objects in different graphical formats, the 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.

For examples of Style’s bespoke systems please view our case studies pages on our web site where there are some great examples across many market sectors.

To discuss your latest project, please contact your nearest Style regional office and talk to one of our experts.


2015-05-28

Style First with BIM for Moveable Walls

Style has become 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.

Delivering more than just downloadable 3D objects in different graphical formats, the 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.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) describes the smart, computerised, three-dimensional planning of buildings. The features provided by this virtual technology are realistic enough to create a precise 3D image of the building later to be constructed.

Already in the USA, BIM-based planning has become standard practice among architects and construction engineers. In 2016, it will become a mandatory requirement in the UK for all publicly financed construction projects. BIM has been given high priority in France, as it has in Germany with the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in particular encouraging the widespread use of BIM.

“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,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director for Style, the UK’s leading moveable partitioning wall specialist.

“In packaging the BIM objects applicable to DORMA Hüppe, particular value has been attached to ensuring simple, uncomplicated usage, allowing the objects remain lean and lightweight.

“Where possible, therefore, graphical extras have been avoided, with the priority being firmly fixed on the technical features and functions of the items concerned.”

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.


2015-05-28

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.