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.


Style Welcomes James Calfe to its Skyfold Team

James Calfe photo

Style is pleased to announce the arrival of James Calfe, who many architects, specifiers and contractors will know thanks to his years of experience in the moveable partitioning walls sector.

James joins Style to work alongside Efrem Brynin, focusing on Skyfold – the hugely innovative, vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic partitioning wall, which is discreetly housed in the ceiling cavity.

“I’m delighted that James has joined our Skyfold team,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “He is someone we have known in the industry for many years and have a great deal of admiration for. As a result, we’re thrilled he has now chosen to become an important part of our growing team.

“James will focus on Skyfold’s international clients, while Efrem Brynin will remain focused on the UK and London sectors. His appointment comes at an incredibly exciting time, with demand for Skyfold higher than ever.”

For anyone involved in the construction, refurbishment or fit-out sector who would like to see Skyfold in action, Style has recently opened a new London Showroom. Located near the Barbican, and perfectly placed within London’s interior furnishings sector, James or Efrem would be delighted to meet you at the showroom to provide a full demonstration.

As well as Skyfold, it houses an impressive range of partitioning wall systems, rooms with differing levels of acoustic integrity, a variety of finishes and guests can also see the walls’ operation, stacking options and technical specifications.

For more information, please contact James Calfe or Efrem Brynin through the Style South office on 01202 874044.


Style Launches New Product for Sports Halls

Style has launched a new partitioning wall system, ideal for sport halls in schools and other leisure facilities.

Called Multiroll, the moveable wall system has already been installed in the main hall of the new £11 million Leominster Primary school in Herefordshire, and at Windygoul - an Eco school in the south of Tranent, East Lothian.

“Multiroll is a great new addition to our portfolio,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “As a partitioning wall with optional retractable side guides, Multiroll 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.

“Ideal for sport halls in schools and other leisure facilities, this partitioning wall system has the option to be 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.

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