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.


2012-11-16

Sustainable Solutions will be Key in 2013

Competitive edge for architects, specifiers and contractors will be achieved in one key area in 2013; the ability to offer more sustainable building design solutions than others.

That is the view of Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent, who believes that in the coming year, key ‘make or break’ buying decisions in an already intensely competitive construction sector, will be made on the basis of a product’s environmental credentials.

“No-one can deny that the construction sector has been one of the hardest hit by the recession. As a result, firms operating within it have had to innovate, work smarter, think differently and the successful ones have been those who have continued to meet the demands of this market better than anyone else.
“In 2013, that ability to meet the sector’s needs will revolve firmly around sustainability and I’m delighted to say that Style has been planning for this for some time and has the most eco-friendly and sustainable moveable wall products in the UK market.”

In October 2012 Style unveiled its EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), which applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products. An EPD is the pinnacle of product sustainability and of importance to anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM, LEED and SKA rating certification.

Skyfold, Style’s vertically rising acoustic partitioning wall system, is also constructed mainly from recycled materials, which offers tremendous advantages and opportunities to earn points required for LEED certification.

In addition, Style is accredited by Bureau Veritas to a UKAS standard for ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System.

“The future is definitely green,” concluded Julian, “and we are ready and equipped to continue to meet the demands of our sector by meeting their requirements perfectly. “And if anyone wishes to discuss sustainable moveable walls with us, we would be delighted to help.”

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


2012-10-28

Online Architect’s Area Growing in Popularity

Visitor numbers to the architect’s area on Style’s web site (www.style-partitions.co.uk) continue to rise, month on month, as its popularity soars.

Designed as a portal that offers architects access to NBS Plus specifications, technical documents and CPD Seminars all in one place, it is fast-becoming a well-recognised and highly useful online resource.

“We’re delighted with the uptake of our architect’s area and the extremely positive feedback we’re receiving,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.
“As a business we recognise how important it is for us to provide relevant and useful information to architects and specifiers regarding the latest moveable and partitioning wall solutions as this is an area that continues to develop.
“We also appreciate that we must make sure the process of specifying our products is simple and straightforward, particularly when there can often be a great deal of technical information to consume.
“For this reason, we consulted with architects who advised us that it would be of immense value if there was one single online reference point for them to visit that housed all relevant data, as well as making the specification process simple.
“Having launched that web-based facility earlier this year the response and feedback has surpassed all expectations, and visitor numbers are growing all the time.”

Style is the sole UK distributor for DORMA, Skyfold and SWG which means the company offers an extremely broad range of solutions for sub-dividing space; from breathtaking showcase solutions for boardrooms, hotels and convention centres through to practical and affordable folding walls for schools, churches and village halls.

“We are a solutions-led business,” said Julian. “This means we have worked incredibly hard to create a team of the finest experts in our sector, supported by robust and accredited processes and standards, and an outstanding portfolio of products that enable us to provide the ideal solution for any room, irrespective of its shape, size, age, desired usage or the client’s budget.
“It is for this reason that we have won the AIS Contractors Gold Award five times, and are seeing specifications grow year on year.”

For more information please contact your nearest regional Style office.


2012-10-19

Education Sector Demand for Servicing, Maintenance and After Care Service on the Up

Demand for Style’s servicing, maintenance and repair service has been strong in the education sector, with many schools, colleges and universities seeking to preserve their moveable walls through scheduled visits and corrective repair.

The service offered through Style’s five regional offices is designed to protect each wall’s longevity and keep its acoustic integrity intact.

Scheduled servicing is by far the best long-term solution, however damaged walls, or worn parts, should also be repaired swiftly by a professional engineer because continued use can cause permanent damage and unnecessary expense.

“Moveable walls have always been extremely popular in the education sector,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “In any teaching establishment, rooms are used for a wide range of activities which can change frequently and for this reason their moveable, partitioning or folding walls are in regular use to open up and sub-divide rooms.
“Many schools have recognised that, just like servicing a car, an operable wall also needs to be regularly checked with early preventative maintenance always being a better option than long-term damage.
“For this reason, the popularity of our planned service contract, which offers scheduled visits from an engineer at agreed times each year, has seen rapid growth.
“After all, it is far more cost-effective in the long run to keep your moveable wall well maintained , ensuring it serves you for very many years.”

For more information about Style’s servicing, maintenance and repair service please contact your nearest regional Style Office.


2012-10-16

UK First as Style offers EPD Product Declarations in Accordance with ISO 14025 and EN15804

Style Partitions has become the first ever UK supplier of EPD certified moveable walls.

The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), which applies to DORMA’s Variflex, Moveo and Varitrans products, is the pinnacle of product sustainability and of importance to anyone seeking sustainable solutions for BREEAM, LEED and SKA rating certification.

The announcement has seen Style receive huge plaudit from many of the architects, specifiers and contractors it works with, making this one of the most significant developments in the moveable wall sector for many years.

“We cannot underestimate what a significant advancement this is,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.
“An EPD communicates the environmental performance of a product. For each product a life cycle analysis (LCA) is carried out in accordance with ISO 14040, and by having an EPD means architects and contractors can participate in tenders involving sustainable building certification procedures.
“A huge amount of work has been put into achieving this certification, confirming our position as market leader in the provision of sustainable operable wall systems.”
The EPD covers a number of key criteria including global warming potential (GWP), the cumulative energy demand (CED) arising from each products’ manufacture, the total weight of the production waste recycled at the pre-consumer stage and the post-consumer recycling at the end of the product’s life.
“This underpins our commitment to delivering sustainable solutions,” said Julian, “and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like more information regarding the benefits EPD offers.”

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