The current pandemic has generated a pressing need to radically adapt virtually all indoor space, from hospitals to hotels, from commercial offices to education facilities. Responding to this, Style, the UK’s market leading operable wall specialist, has launched a new ‘social distancing’ section of their website, highlighting exactly how modern moveable partitioning systems can be effectively utilised to create safer environments for everyone.
“We have had over two decades of experience designing and installing high quality moveable wall systems,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director for Style. “As the UK’s sole distributor for Dorma Hüppe Variflex and glass Varitrans systems, as well as the revolutionary, ceiling-concealed Skyfold partition, we have a solution for almost any location, with some packages available on short lead times for rapid installation.”
With social distancing a key strategy for slowing the spread of Covid-19, moveable walls can be re-configured throughout the day to respond to changing demands on available space. It maybe that a one-way system is needed at specific times, or smaller rooms where ‘bubbles’ of people can sit alongside each other, alternatively a larger open-plan space could be temporarily required for a socially-distanced gathering. Moveable walls deliver the ultimate in flexibility, offering fast adaptability throughout the day, with minimum fuss.
Further reducing the spread of the virus, fully automated systems minimise human contact to a single push of a button or turn of a key, activating a wall to glide effortlessly into place. Similarly, elements are available in a variety of creative finishes, including wipe-clean options, such as glass or laminate, that promote a more hygienic environment.
“The coronavirus is throwing up new challenges every day and we may have to accept social distancing as a way of life.” said Sargent. “Operable walls offer the flexibility to keep adapting space, helping schools, offices, shops and leisure centres to provide facilities that reduce virus spread in the long term.”