2014-01-14

Aftercare and Maintenance Service Sees Growing Demand

Demand for Style’s moveable wall after care service saw dramatic growth in 2013, with signs that even more customers will protect their investment by signing up to a routine servicing, inspections and repairs programme in the year to come.

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 Style office.


2013-12-20

2013 – a Year of Progress at Style

As we near the end of 2013, we look back at a year of very significant progress at Style.

Key highlights include the 100th Skyfold installation at Telefonica Digital’s new offices in London, the installation of the first fully automatic horizontally sliding partitioning wall at St. Joseph’s school in Dundee, the roll out of the first ever UK EPD certification for moveable walls (the most sustainable partitioning wall solution in the UK market), the first ever Skyfold in a UK hotel (at Hotel La Tour, Birmingham), soaring demand for Style’s RIBA approved CPD seminars and the unveiling of the new 59dB Rw Skyfold and the new Skyfold Zenith range with its thin path of travel.

“It’s been a year of massive progress,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the midlands. “Working across key sectors of corporate, education, hospitality, local authority and religion, the number of specifications has soared throughout the year.
“This isn’t just down to the quality of the products from our exclusive UK partnerships with DORMA, Skyfold and SWG. It’s thanks to the very high quality of our people, processes, design capability and project management too.
“Our reputation for delivering moveable wall solutions to a very high standard, on time, within budget and to the very highest standards of craftsmanship is why architects and contractors choose to work with us time and again.
“Because of our extensive product range we can also accommodate all budgets and requirements – from showcase city boardrooms to small village halls.”

To discuss your next project in 2014, please contact your nearest Style regional office.


2013-12-19

Silent Night....and Silent Day with the New 59dB Rw Skyfold

First and foremost, may we wish you a very happy Christmas on behalf of everyone at Style.

This Christmas, we’re not only celebrating a ‘silent night’ but also many silent days thanks to the New Skyfold 59dB Rw, fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall that really is the present we’ve all been waiting for!

Offering a soundproofed partitioning wall solution, Skyfold glides effortlessly into place, sub-dividing space and raising the bar in acoustic standards.

To view the new Skyfold, please watch the short video on the Skyfold page

“We’ve been exclusive UK partners to Skyfold for ten years,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.
“During that time we’ve been proud to offer what we believe is the most innovative, acoustic moveable wall in the world, but with a new 59dB Rw solution now available its taken partitioning wall systems to a whole new level.
“In addition, Skyfold has also launched its new Zenith range, offering a thin path of travel. This is ideal for busy or congested space where there is no need to move furniture or fittings because its glides into the tightest gap.”

This is yet another first for Style, and Christmas seems to be the time when new innovations are announced.

This time last year, Style was celebrating the first ever UK EPD certification for moveable walls – the most sustainable partitioning wall solution in the UK market. The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products, of which Style is also the exclusive UK partner.

“We can hardly wait for 2014 to begin because we’ve got such a phenomenal range of moveable wall solutions to offer architects, specifiers, contractors and end user clients,” said Julian. “However, for now we look forward to a hard earned festive break and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.”

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


2013-12-11

Maximum Soundproofing with Groundbreaking New Skyfold

Skyfold has set an incredible new standard in soundproofing with the launch of its new 59dB Rw acoustic moveable wall.

The vertically rising, fully automatic, partitioning wall is already in a class of its own – gliding silently into place at the push of a button, and occupying no floor space by being housed discreetly in the ceiling cavity.

With the arrival of an unrivalled 59dB Rw model, Skyfold has set the bar even higher in acoustic partitioning systems. Witness the acoustics for yourself by visiting the Skyfold page of our web site and viewing the Product Videos

“A moveable wall with this level of soundproofing sets a new precedent,” said Efrem Brynin, Style’s Skyfold Product Manager. “We have been the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold for 10 years now, and during that time the product has continued to develop.
“But what we’re witnessing here is a dramatic, and very significant, leap forward in acoustic technology and will be the product that many architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients have long been waiting for.”

Available in both the existing “Classic” range and a brand new “Zenith” range, Skyfold offers extensive benefits when sub-dividing space.

Retracting fully into the ceiling it is completely hidden when not in use, using no floor or wall tracks whatsoever. As a fully automated and quiet system it is flat, rigid and light weight and comes with an extensive range of finish options. It also has a 10 year warranty.

For more information, contact your nearest regional Style office.


2013-10-25

Style’s RIBA CPD Seminars Attract Growing Numbers

Rising demand for architects to create flexible space in new and refurbished buildings has led to a marked increase in the number of RIBA CPDs delivered by Style.

According to group managing director, Julian Sargent, interest in Style’s two CPD seminars has never been so high, reflecting the soaring demand for moveable partitioning walls in companies, hotels, schools, local authorities, hospitals, conferencing centres, churches and anywhere else where multifunctional space can enhance a building’s design and use.

“We offer two RIBA CPD seminars,” said Julian. “These are on the topics of multi-functional space, and fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems.
“Multi functional space focuses on the extensive range of options architects have to sub-divide space and create flexibility within buildings. It covers all aspects of space division including design, structure, acoustic performance, finishes, health & safety and maintenance.
“The CPD on fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems is focused on Skyfold, the only fully automatic, vertically rising acoustic moveable wall in the UK market, housed in the ceiling cavity.”

Feedback from architects who attend the CPDs is always very strong. Julian puts this down to Style’s extensive expertise and product knowledge as exclusive UK agents of DORMA moveable walls, SWG and Skyfold, which offer some of the most innovative, flexible and stylish solutions in the market.

“The moveable walls sector is moving quickly in terms of the demand for new and more innovative solutions, and expectations are also rising in terms of the variety of finishes and acoustic standards demanded by architects and their clients,” he said.

“Our CPD seminars are delivered at the offices of architects, and in most instances we make the presentation over a buffet lunch. We’re always happy to spend as much time as is needed to take questions, and respond to any particular challenges or opportunities that architects are working on that currently require the creation of flexible space.”

Style is five times winners of the prestigious AIS Contractors Gold award, and IMS accredited to a UKAS standard for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

For more information, or to book a RIBA Approved CPD seminar from Style, please complete the form in the Specifiers section of the web site or contact your nearest regional Style office.


2013-10-16

Hotel La Tour Video Showcases the Benefits of Skyfold

Style’s installation of Skyfold at Hotel La Tour in Birmingham has been showcased in a new video, which can be viewed in the Product Videos section of the web site.

As a vertically rising acoustic partition, housed in the ceiling cavity, Skyfold offers the hotel maximum floor space, and the ability to sub-divide and open up the room with ease.

Privacy is vital with concurrent meetings taking place in adjacent rooms, and with its Rw 51dB rating Skyfold more than meets Hotel La Tour’s acoustic requirements. As a fully automatic wall activated by a simple pushbutton it is effortless and smooth to operate as well as being flat, rigid and lightweight.

“Skyfold has to be seen to be believed,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “When you first walk into a room, you wouldn’t even realise a moveable wall was installed because it sits so discreetly in the ceiling.
“But, as the video shows, it glides silently into position and offers the perfect partitioning wall solution. In fact this is the first of its kind to be installed in a UK hotel and, with a fabric backed vinyl wallpaper finish, it not only looks stunning but it also enables Hotel la Tour to maximise revenue by being able to book two meetings at the same time, or open up the space for larger gatherings and conferences.”

In May this year, Style unveiled its 100th installation of Skyfold at the Telefonica Digital offices in central London. Since its arrival in the UK, Style has been Skyfold’s exclusive UK partner with demand now at an all time high.

“This is an acoustic moveable partitioning wall system that suits a wide range of market sectors,” said Mike, “As well as the hotel and corporate sectors we’ve also installed Skyfold at local authority offices, schools, universities and colleges. Its a truly outstanding product, and the video is a great way for architects, specifiers and contractors to appreciate the benefits for themselves.”

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