2013-02-28

Style’s Online NBS Specifications and Technical Documents See Accelerated Usage

Style’s specifiers area on its web site has seen unprecedented use in recent months. It comes after an increasing number of architects have embraced its NBS specification tool, and technical documents library, as valuable resources.

According to Julian Sargent, group managing director at partitioning wall specialists Style, the investment being made in initiatives that help architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients continues to pay off.

“The specifiers area on our web site was something we invested in last year and it has paid enormous dividends,” said Julian. “As a business we are here to assist and add value to architects and by offering the NBS specification, as well as being on the RIBA NBS system, we are making the specification process clearer and easier.
“The technical documents also provide detailed drawings of our moveable walls including parking layouts, panel movements, track junctions, acoustic barriers, panel types and track fixing and we’ve had tremendous feedback on how useful this is.”

Through recent tough economic conditions, Style has continued to make on-going inward investment to deliver products and services that add value to its customers. As sole UK suppliers of DORMA, Skyfold and SWG the company offers an exceptional range of products for a vast array of uses and budgets – from company boardrooms to universities, colleges, schools, churches, local authorities, hospitals and village halls.

With DORMA, Style has also brought to market the first ever UK EPD certification for moveable walls. The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products and is important because it is the pinnacle of product sustainability for anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM, LEED and SKA rating certification.

“This year we will continue to develop the specifiers area of our web site, and we will be working closely with our manufacturing partners to introduce increasingly innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Julian. “All or which continues to position Style as market leader in the partitioning walls sector.”

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


2013-01-17

Heating Bills Can be Cut through the Creation of Flexible Space

Schools, churches, community centres and other organisations that suffer costly winter heating bills can benefit from using moveable partitioning walls to divide space – and only using and heating what is in use.

According to Julian Sargent, managing director of Style, a partitioning wall can make a significant impact on energy costs by effectively reducing areas being heated unnecessarily. He also sees the cost saving benefits of reduced energy bills as very advantageous to organisations who find themselves needlessly heating very large, but under-utilised rooms.

“As well as offering flexible space by sub-dividing rooms, many organisations, particularly educational and public sector bodies seeking sustainable solutions and reduced costs, are seeing the benefits of reduced heating bills by installing an operable wall which results in not having to heat large halls and conference areas when not in full use; all of which has an impact on both their costs and the environment,” said Julian.
“With a growing desire for eco-efficiencies, schools, colleges, churches and community centres are particularly looking at how they can maximise their room usage, and how they can save money by closing off areas that are not in use and therefore not having to heat or light them.”

As a 14001 Environmental accredited company, Style is the sole UK distributor for Dorma, Skyfold and SWG enabling it to offer an expansive range of extremely flexible solutions, from ceiling mounted vertically rising walls that allow complete use of floor space, through to glass walls and systems with a range of finishes that fit seamlessly into any room design.

“The recent cold snap and rising energy costs have caused conversations to move towards efficiency gains of late,” continued Julian, “particularly as many people will look back on another hefty fuel bill this winter, which is why the advantages of sub-dividing space are growing in people’s minds.”

For information about our range of partitioning walls solutions, please contact your local Style office.


2013-01-04

100 CPDs Delivered in 2012 and Demand Continues to Grow

Style delivered 100 CPD seminars in 2012 to over 500 architects and specifiers, and expects even further demand in 2013.

Offering two RIBA approved CPDs, Style covers the important topics of multi-functional space and fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems.

Multi-functional space looks broadly at the latest thinking in flexible room design, whilst the CPD on fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems is about Skyfold – Style’s unique, vertically rising, acoustic partitioning wall.

With demand for flexible space on the increase, interest in these subjects has never been higher with excellent feedback from delegates who are seeking innovative ideas and learning about new products, approaches and solutions.

“Our CPDs have always attracted very strong attendance and interest,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “Both are offered across the entire UK through our network of regional offices, and delegates receive a technical binder plus product literature and a CD.

“The seminar covers all aspects of flexible room design including considerations regarding acoustics, sustainability issues, building interface, interior design, finishes, health and safety and on-going maintenance.”

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

As sole UK distributors for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG, architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients are offered the perfect balance of moveable, partitioning and folding wall solutions catering for every requirement and budget.

For more information regarding Style’s RIBA Approved CPD seminars, please contact your nearest regional office.


2012-12-16

Sustainable Solutions the Focus for 2013, as Style Ends the Year Greener than Ever

First and foremost we’d like to wish all of our customers and newsletter readers a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year. Whilst most people dream of a white Christmas, at Style we’re going to be celebrating a “Green” one!

Having recently announced the first ever UK EPD certification for moveable walls, Style will enter 2013 offering the most sustainable partitioning wall solutions in the UK market. The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products.

“Architects, specifiers, contractors and end user clients are now very interested in their suppliers’ green credentials,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director at Style.
“The reason EPD is so important is because it is the pinnacle of product sustainability for anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM, LEED and SKA rating certification.
“And because we are also accredited by Bureau Veritas to a UKAS standard for ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System, it places both our products and processes as being sustainable, green and very eco-friendly. Quite simply we’re a green company providing green products!”

2012 has been another year of inward investment at Style, ensuring that it remains as the UK’s premier provider of moveable wall solutions. And with some outstanding projects completed during the year, the company has also been able to showcase a hugely diverse range of solutions across multiple sectors.

“The breadth of our proposition has never been more apparent than with the projects undertaken in 2012,” said Julian. “From vertically rising, fully automatic acoustic moveable walls housed in the ceiling cavity of boardrooms, through to simple, low cost folding partitions for village schools and community centres we’ve really proven our credentials to offer solutions to meet all requirements and budgets.”

For more information regarding EPD and its benefits, or reference your next project, please contact your nearest regional Style Office.


2012-12-07

Scheduled After Care and Servicing Will Protect Your Investment and Improve a Moveable Walls Longevity

Companies that invest in a scheduled after care service, covering routine servicing, inspections and repairs, will enjoy a far lower whole life cost on their moveable partitioning wall.

According to Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the North, 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.

“By routinely servicing and maintaining your partitioning wall you can protect your investment, ensure its longevity and also keep its acoustic integrity intact,” said Andy.
“Scheduled servicing is always the best solution because we can be pro-active in terms of replacing worn parts or spotting signs of wear and tear.
“However, 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.”

Style has won the AIS Contractors Gold Award four years in succession and is accredited to UKAS standards for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

The company has an enviable reputation for the quality of its installations, and for it’s after care services and repair team.

“By investing in after care leads to considerable savings in the long run, that more than outweigh the cost of the service contract,” said Andy. “And if it isn’t something you’ve considered before we would be happy to explain the benefits in more detail.”

For more information regarding after care and servicing, or reference your next project, please contact your nearest regional Style Office.


2012-11-29

Education Sector Chooses Skyfold

Interest in Skyfold from schools, colleges and universities is accelerating at a dramatic rate, with Style enjoying unprecedented demand for this outstanding fully automatic moveable wall.

As a vertically rising, operable wall that is housed in the ceiling cavity, Skyfold is ideal for lecture theatres, school halls, dance studios, arts centres and auditoriums. Hence the reason enquiries for Skyfold are seeing such a marked increase as educational bodies seek to use their rooms flexibly, whilst also maximising floor space.

“We’ve just completed two superb Skyfold installations at Brunel University and Coventry University,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, “and the level of enquiries has never been so high from the education sector.

“There is no doubt in my mind that word is spreading about the wide-ranging benefits of this product, and whenever we demonstrate Skyfold to architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients they are immediately sold.”

Skyfold offers an Rw 51dB rating which is essential when sub-dividing space in any teaching environment, because it ensures complete privacy either side of the wall when closed.

Because it is housed in the ceiling cavity, no wall space is used to store the panels which means floor space is unaffected. And with the press of a simple pushbutton it is effortless and smooth to operate as well as being flat, rigid and lightweight.

“We believe in years to come, most educational bodies will have a system like this to sub-divide space,” concluded Julian, “simply because its qualities cannot be matched by any other product on the market. And because it is stored in the ceiling, and operated without any manual handling, its lifespan is incredible because it incurs no potential for damage during use.”

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