Style Wins AIS Gold Award for 6th Time

Partitioning walls specialist, Style, has won the prestigious AIS Contractors Gold Award for 2014.

It’s the 6th time Style has won Gold, with 4 silver awards also to their credit.

The top Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) award goes to the company accredited with delivering the most outstanding moveable wall installation of the year, with Style’s solution at Westfield Shoppingtowns’ London HQ coming top. (View case Study)

Judges were impressed with the scheme to create a suite of meeting rooms off the main reception area for Westfield London HQ providing exceptional acoustic performance as well as appearance.

It was a challenging fast track project that required very close attention to detail and coordination with finishes that had to match fixed wall elements.

“We’re delighted to have won the gold award for the sixth time,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “Particularly as it’s the 10th time we’ve won Gold or Silver in the 11 of years of being AIS members.

“As a company we continue to invest in our people, products and processes to deliver excellence in everything we do and, working with architects Woods Bagot and directly for Westfield, we installed a combination of two DORMA Varifex and two Skyfolds to deliver an outstanding flexible configuration.”

DORMA Variflex is perfect for a vast array of room designs and finishes. On this project its superb semi-automatic seal system was utilised to ease operation. Skyfold is the hugely innovative, vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic partitioning wall, discreetly housed in the ceiling cavity.

A stunning graphics finish of the Westfield brand on the Skyfold was complemented with a beautiful high gloss lacquer laminate finish on the Variflex.

Flush telescopic panels on the Variflex walls created a seamless line across the openings that face reception, and these also provided a smooth line with the fixed joinery walls and brass inlays.

Pass doors enabled access, and the acoustic integrity of both products (an Rw 55dB acoustic rating for the Variflex and Rw54dB for the Skyfold) ensure complete privacy when the walls are closed.

For more information, or to discuss your next project, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


Fundamentals are Key to Winning Specifications

2012 has seen specifications for moveable partitioning walls soar at Style, with demand growing across the corporate market, hospitality, religion, education and public sector bodies.

According to Tony Enticknap, finance director, this is thanks to the significant investment the company has placed in its people, processes and overall approach in recent years. This, alongside the company’s very high quality product portfolio, has led many clients to rely on Style as their supplier of choice resulting in a dramatic growth in repeat business and customer loyalty.

“With most specifications, we ask architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients why they chose us and the feedback tells us that it’s not just about products, but our entire proposition,” said Tony.
“Of course, as sole UK suppliers of DORMA, Skyfold and SWG we are in the enviable position of being able to offer many of the most innovative, high quality partitioning solutions in our sector. Yet more often we’re chosen because we’re seen as a safe pair of hands, a business that will meet its promises, a team that will offer considerable assistance with the design process and a specialist business that allocates a dedicated project manager irrespective of how large or small the project is.”

As a director-owned business that has grown organically to become one of the most respected in the moveable walls arena, Style has continued to invest in quality management systems, staff training and best practice processes even when the construction industry was tightening its belt in recent years.

With every quotation, the company now sends a simple ‘Why Choose Us’ summary, highlighting the core strengths around its business philosophy, specialisation, certification, transparent pricing, project management, accreditations and Style’s no quibble approach, and after sales. This outlines the broader reasons for choosing Style, who never preach to be the cheapest but often save clients money in the long run by providing good advice, the right product and delivering on time and within budget.

“We have never faltered off our course”, continued Tony, “and this has been to re-invest each year in our business so that we build strong long-term foundations that our customers can rely on.
“As a result, many clients feel safe choosing us because they appreciate the whole design and installation process will be performed with the utmost professionalism and will ultimately be a pleasurable process that will reflect well on them.”

To request a copy of Style’s “Why Choose Us” profile, please email Clare Jefferson clare.jefferson@style-partitions.co.uk


Sustainable Solutions Growing in Importance

The ability to offer sustainable partitioning wall solutions is fast becoming an essential aspect of specifications for both new build projects and refurbishments.

According to Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, the ability to evidence your ‘green’ credentials is growing in importance as demand for ever more eco-friendly solutions increases.

“Questions regarding the sustainability of partitioning walls are now far more prevalent than they were a few years ago,” said Mike.

“And as the first ever UK supplier of EPD certified moveable walls in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN15804, we are extremely proud to be leading the way in the provision of environmentally friendly moveable wall solutions.

“Our EPD, environmental product declaration, applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products and is the pinnacle of product sustainability.

“It is of particular importance to anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and SKA (Measuring the environmental effects of an office fit-out).

“The EPD basically communicates the environmental performance of a product, and for each product a life cycle analysis (LCA) is carried out in accordance with ISO 14040.

“By having an EPD means architects and contractors can participate in tenders involving sustainable building certification procedures.”

The EPD covers a number of key criteria including global warming potential (GWP), cumulative energy demand (CED) arising from each products’ manufacture, total weight of the production waste recycled at the pre-consumer stage, and total weight of the production waste recycled at the end of the product’s life.

Skyfold, Style’s vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic moveable wall is also constructed from mainly recyclable materials which provides tremendous advantages to earn points required for LEED certification.

Style is also accredited by ISOQAR to a UKAS standard for ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System, positioning the company and its products at the forefront of sustainability in the partitioning, moveable walls sector.

For more information, please contact your nearest Style regional office



Style’s Launches New Web Site

Partitioning walls specialist, Style, has launched a new web site making it easier for architects, specifiers, contractors and interior designers to find products and moveable wall information both in the office and on the move. To visit the new web site, please go to www.style-partitions.co.uk

With the use of smart phones and tablets to surf the internet dramatically increasing, the new web site automatically adapts to the device being used, making it simple to navigate even on the smallest screen.

The newly designed web site also offers clearer product categories, easy access to a vast multitude of case studies and an NBS specifiers area. There are also details of Style’s RIBA approved CPD courses, advice on sustainable solutions and a host of other vital data.

“We’re delighted to launch our new web site,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent, “as we believe it will become a key online tool for the specification of moveable partitioning walls.

“A great deal of thought went into the re-design, looking at the way modern architects, specifiers, contractors and interior designers work, the type of information they need and how they access it.

“As a result, we now have a fantastic new web presence that underpins our proposition and will play a vital role in the way we support and engage with our customers.”

As the exclusive UK partners to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, Style offers an outstanding range of moveable walls and works across a wide range of industry sectors. The case studies section of the web site is a showcase for partitioning wall solutions that vary from the boardrooms of major PLCs to small village community centres.

“By browsing through our product range and case studies, it becomes very clear how diverse our product range is,” said Julian. “We’re very proud to be able to cater for all requirements and budgets, and through our network of five regional offices we offer service and support across the entire UK.”

For more information, please contact your nearest Style regional office


Style’s Products offer Outstanding Acoustics

Having the confidence that the moveable partitioning wall that you are specifying will fully meet your client’s acoustic needs is essential for architects, specifiers and contractors.

Yet with such a diverse range of products on the market, and many moveable walls looking similar (but acoustically performing very differently), how can you check that the one being installed is the one you asked for?

According to Julian Sargent, group managing director at Style, its vital to not only verify the facts about the acoustic capabilities of the operable wall you are choosing, but also the credentials of the firm installing it.

“At Style, we’re market leaders in the provision and installation of moveable partitioning walls,” said Julian.

“All of our products come with full certification, giving our clients complete confidence when specifying us, and because we employ a team of the highest calibre technicians in the country we will always advise on the potential acoustic performance of a moveable wall once installed.

“Acoustic performance is affected by the structure of the room, the age of the building, and a whole host of other factors. By conducting a pre-installation evaluation we can ensure that all mitigating steps are taken to maximise a product’s on-site performance.”

To help with choosing the most suitable acoustic moveable wall, Style has produced the following simple check list.

Is the manufacturer clearly mentioned in the quotation, accompanying sales brochures and other supporting documents? (It is vital the client knows this to ensure long term maintenance and repairs are possible)

Has an acoustic test certificate been provided and does it have the manufacturers name on it? (The legitimacy of this document should be established from the outset)

Has the manufacturer authorised that the certificate can be used to support the product that has been offered? (Even though a certificate has been provided it is invalid unless the testing manufacturer confirms it can be used by your chosen supplier)

Does the acoustic test certificate clearly state the name of an independent laboratory and that the product has been tested to the latest standards: BS EN ISO140-3:1995 or BS 2750-31995?(This test standard ensures that the tested product is, in fact, a movable wall that is operated before it is tested)

Is the test certificate supplied representing the exact product that is being offered? (I.e. an acoustic certificate for a semi-automatic system cannot be used for a manually operated system, as the seal pressure may be different)

For more information, or to discuss your next project, please call your nearest Style regional office.


Broad Range of Partitioning Walls Ideal for Every Requirement

With a portfolio of moveable partitioning walls that spans every requirement and budget, Style Partitions is better equipped than ever to meet the growing demands of architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients.

According to Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, some of the recent new additions to Style’s product range, coupled with some ingenious thinking in terms of operable wall solutions, offer the icing on the cake when it comes to serving a broad variety of needs.

“Whether it’s a showcase boardroom, university lecture theatre, church, hospital, council office or village hall we’ve always been well-known for having a solution for every feasible scenario,” said Julian. “Yet our portfolio continues to go from strength to strength.
“The new Skyfold 59dB Rw, fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall, launched a few months ago is an incredible product. Delivering a soundproofed partitioning wall solution that glides effortlessly into place from the ceiling cavity, it raises the bar in acoustic standards.“The new Skyfold Zenith range has also been recently added to our portfolio. Again this is a vertically rising system but with a thin path of travel making it perfect for fitting into tight floor space.
“Through our exclusive UK partnerships with DORMA and SWG, we can also offer a whole combination of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic horizontally sliding partitioning walls, and a range of superb folding walls too.
“Whether you’re looking to invest in something that makes a real statement at the headquarters of a global multi-national, or simply wish to divide one room from another in a small primary school, we can help.”
Style’s web site is packed with case studies of a vast array of diverse projects. These include wide ranging room configurations, as well as some breathtaking finishes, glass systems and acoustic solutions that required innovative thinking from Style’s design team.

Yet there are also numerous projects in community centres and village primary schools that are far less complex, but equally effective in meeting customer requirements for using space efficiently and flexibly.

For more information, contact your nearest Style regional office.