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.


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.


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.


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.


Demand Grows for Style’s Aftercare and Maintenance Service

Style’s moveable wall after care service enjoyed dramatic growth in 2014, with more customers than ever protecting their investment by signing up to a routine servicing, inspection and repairs programme.

Style’s after care service includes scheduled servicing and preventative repair of moveable walls, as well as a call out service if problems arise. Across all market sectors including corporate, education, hospitality, religion, local authority and the health sector there has been a rising uptake as customers appreciate how it protects the longevity of their moveable wall system.

“A modest investment in an after care service is a small price to pay for the benefits of having a product that has the potential to last up to 25 years and beyond,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.

“Scheduled servicing means we can be pro-active in terms of replacing worn parts or spotting signs of wear and tear. It also keeps the wall’s acoustic integrity intact.

“Damaged walls should also be repaired swiftly by a professional engineer because continued use can cause permanent damage and unnecessary expense. At Style we have teams of engineers located at our five regional offices dedicated to the servicing and repair of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic moveable walls.

“And it doesn’t matter who supplied the partitioning wall because we support you whether you operate a wall originally provided by Style or from any other supplier or manufacturer.”

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


Department for Education Publishes New Acoustic Guide

Companies and individuals involved in the design, specification, build or refurbishment of school buildings are being advised to read the latest Department of Education publication entitled, ‘Acoustic design of schools: performance standards’, Building Bulletin 93 which was released in December 2014.

The document, which replaces the previous edition from 2003, sets out minimum performance standards for the acoustics of school buildings, and describes the normal means of demonstrating compliance with the Building Regulations. It also provides guidance in support of the School Premises Regulations (2012) and the Independent School Standards (2013).

Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, commented, “As the UK’s leading provider of moveable partitioning walls, we are very focused on the ever-growing demands for acoustic separation in schools.

“When a partitioning wall is in place, it is vital for different classes and activities to run concurrently, and undisturbed, on either side.

“Quite often this can mean that a music lesson is being conducted on one side when, for example, a much quieter English lesson is taking place the other side. In response to this, Style offers some of the best acoustic products available including the new Skyfold Rw59dB which lowers silently into place from a ceiling cavity and offers a virtually soundproofed solution when dividing a room into multiple teaching areas.

“Something we pride ourselves on at Style is offering certificated, tested and compliant products and we will be ensuring that we work to the standards set by the Department for Education, particularly with demand for flexible space growing in schools, colleges and universities at such a dramatic rate.”

For more information, or to discuss the new report, please contact your nearest regional Style office.