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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.