Skyfold a great fit in Scotland’s Engine Shed

Recently opened, the Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Working with contractor, ESH Border and architect Reiach & Hall, Style Scotland installed a Skyfold operable wall to quickly separate the exhibition space from the auditorium, allowing educational seminars to be conducted in privacy whilst the rest of the space remains open to the public. Skyfold, a hugely innovative partitioning solution, is a vertical-rising moveable wall that retracts into the ceiling cavity at the turn of a key, creating an acoustic barrier of up to 59dB Rw.

The Engine Shed has been developed to encourage a greater understanding of traditional building materials and skills among the public and construction professionals. It aims to raise standards in conservation of traditional buildings and inspire future generations to continue to care for Scotland’s built heritage.

“We were thrilled to be involved on this project,” said David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland. “As a company based in the hillfoot town of Tillicoultry, we are well aware of how special and unique this visitor centre is for the Scottish people and visiting tourists.

“Skyfold adds ‘wow factor’ to the Engine Shed when visitors see it descend into position, forming the front wall of the auditorium and creating an acoustically private space for audio visual presentations. Once inside, the background noise disappears allowing emersion in the presentation of Scotland’s built heritage.”

Style Scotland, regional arm of UK moveable wall specialists Style, recently celebrated ten years of phenomenal growth, with over 1300 operable walls worth in excess of £10m being installed since September 2007. By combining the integrated management systems, strength and consistency of a national business with all the benefits of a locally operated one, Style Scotland has offered the market a comprehensive solution to the creation of flexible space.

In addition to the Skyfold, Style also installed two semi-automatic DORMA moveable walls in both solid and double-glazed variants at the Engine Shed.

Style, exclusive UK partner to Skyfold and DORMA, has installed over 200 Skyfold walls across the UK in a whole range of sectors including company boardrooms, universities, colleges and schools, local authorities, hotels and conference centres.

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