Space, within any educational facility, is always at a premium and over the last decade Style, the UK’s leading partitioning experts, has seen enormous growth in demand from this sector. This has had a knock-on effect for their nationwide service and maintenance department.
“Schools and colleges have come to rely on their ability to quickly divide a room so that two classes or activities can run concurrently,” said Julian Sargent, managing director for Style South. “Our service engineers are extremely busy ensuring moveable walls that we have installed, and many others too, are kept safe and fully operational.”
One recent example of a service call-out was to a school in Falkirk, where a substantial 6.2 metres high moveable wall had incurred damage to the roller assembly.
Style’s Scottish service team was quickly on site and was able to safely lower the panel, remove and repair the damaged part before reconstructing the wall at minimal cost.
“Our technicians will always carry out a thorough assessment and on this occasion, it was decided that it was most cost-effective to send the damaged roller assembly to a metal specialist for repair,” said Angela McGowan, sales and service manager at Style Scotland.
Similarly, at a nursery in Dundee, Style had been awarded a contract to regularly service and maintain a folding wall with pass door, even though they did not originally install the system.
During the first routine servicing visit, Styles’ technicians raised concerns about children potentially trapping their fingers in the door, advising that a protective hinge cover should’ve been added.
Having had the risk pointed out to them, the nursery manager was delighted that the technicians were able to supply and fit the necessary finger protection straightaway, at marginal expense.
With four regional offices, Style offers a complete moveable wall solution, from new installations through to service, upgrades and repair. All engineers are fully employed and health and safety trained, including CSCS, PASMA, asbestos awareness, manual handling and risk assessments and Style’s training programmes are CITB approved.