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.


Skyfold Wins International Award

Skyfold, the vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable partitioning wall has won the Product Innovation category in the 2015 World Architecture News (WAN) awards.

The award, presented at a gala event in Germany, was won after judges voted Skyfold’s new Rw59dB the most innovative operable wall; an accolade based on an installation by Style Partitions at Henderson Global in London.

The WAN AWARDS Product innovation category is a major international competition that celebrates and promotes the best in architectural products & materials, attracting entries from all over the world.

“We’re delighted that Skyfold has won this prestigious award,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director of Style, and exclusive partners to Skyfold in the UK. “Working with architects, Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will, and the contract managed in-house by Henderson TIAA’s own team, this was the first installation of the new Skyfold Rw59dB in the world.

“We are understandably elated that this incredible moveable wall, which is housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity and is bordering on a soundproofed solution, has achieved such a global accolade.”

Style has been working with Skyfold for over 10 years in the UK, and last year Style celebrated its 100th installation at Telefonica in London. With demand soaring, Style is close to achieving its 200th Skyfold installation just 12 months on – such is the rapid increase in specifications.

“As awareness of Skyfold grows, so does demand,” said Julian. “And if we continue to bring award winning innovative products, such as the Rw59dB model, into the UK market we’re anticipating the popularity of Skyfold to accelerate significantly in the coming years.”

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


New Products, New Showroom, New Web Site

It’s been another year of progress at Style with new products, a new London showroom and a new web site being just a few of the highlights.

The year began with the launch of one of the most revolutionary products to arrive in the UK operable walls sector for many years; the Skyfold 59dB Rw.

As a fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall that offers a soundproofed solution, Skyfold glides effortlessly into place, sub-dividing space and raising the bar in acoustic standards.

The year ended with the launch of Multiroll – a partitioning wall ideal for sport halls in schools and other leisure facilities with optional retractable side guides, which is activated by the simple push of a button.

Mounted either in a beam area of a roof or invisibly fitted between a suspended ceiling, it can be installed as a laterally guided partition, stepped partition or safety curtain.

Style also launched a new web site, providing architects, specifiers, designers and contractors with a superb range of new information and tools.

And located near the Barbican, the company opened its new London showroom in November. Perfectly placed within London’s interior furnishings sector, the new facility offers the ideal opportunity to see some of the most innovative solutions for room fit out – all under one roof.

“It’s been another exciting year of continuous inward investment to meet the needs of architects, specifiers, contractors and end user clients even better than before,” said group managing director, Julian Sargent.

“We will continue to focus on leading the market in 2015 by providing the very highest of quality and standards in our people, processes and products, and in the meantime I would personally like to wish everyone we work with a very happy Christmas and new year and thank you very much for your continued custom.”

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


Happy Christmas from Style

This is our final article for 2014, and we would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

2015 already looks set to be another exciting year at Style, and if you have any projects you would like to discuss with us we would be delighted to hear from you.

As the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG we provide an extensive range of partitioning wall solutions to meet every requirement and budget.

Style also offers RIBA approved CPD seminars on the topics of multi-functional space and fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems - both of which receive excellent feedback. To benefit from one of these seminars, simply contact your nearest regional Style office.

If you already have, or are considering, a moveable partitioning wall please don’t forget that a partitioning wall needs to be taken care of to get the very best from it. By routinely servicing and maintaining your moveable partitioning wall, you can protect your investment, ensure its longevity and also keep its acoustic integrity intact.

Scheduled servicing is by far the best long-term solution with some walls lasting for as long as 25 years.

However, for now, most people want to simply relax for the festive break, and so we will sign off for the year by wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and every success in 2015.

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


Innovative Thinking as Important as Innovative Products

In the partitioning walls sector, ‘product’ innovation is not the only factor in creating clever, stylish and flexible space.

According to Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the North, true competitive advantage is not only achieved by having ingenious products, it’s equally to do with the skill in devising the best solution to suit the room, and being able to implement it.

“We’re proud to offer a wide range of incredibly innovative moveable wall solutions,” said Andy, “and as the exclusive UK partners to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG we have a superb range of great products to meet all requirements and budgets. In addition, we’ve recently added a Multiroll system to our portfolio, which is another great enhancement.

“However, the skill is in how you use these products to meet or, better still, exceed a client’s requirements. That comes from high calibre designers and technicians who have years of experience.”

At Bristol Life Sciences, DORMA Moveo was adapted by Style into a completely automated moveable wall so that it could fit into a tight space in between workbenches.

At Manchester Central Library, Style’s solution for sub-dividing space complemented the building’s splendour, catering for its curved shape through faceted tracks. A curved wall also won favour at Newcastle University Student Union, and at St. Joseph’s Primary school in Dundee the assembly hall required a partitioning wall over 5000mm in height resulting in panels weighing up to 450kg. As this posed a significant manual handling risk to the school staff a completely automated solution was delivered on a product that is not normally fully automatic.

“By reviewing our case studies on our web site, architects, specifiers and contractors can see the breadth of our work, and also the clever thinking that sits behind some of our award winning installations,” continued Andy.

“We have always invested in the quality of our people, products and processes and the combination of the three is what makes us market leaders and six times winners of the prestigious AIS Contractors’ Gold Award.”

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