Walsall Arboretums internal space maximised with style partitioning walls

Making Walsall Arboretum fit for the 21st century, a new flagship Visitor Centre has recently been opened after a sensitive restoration of the original 1870’s building.

Bringing a welcome level of flexibility to the internal facilities, Style was specified to install two continuously hinged moveable sliding/folding wall systems to the spacious café, allowing smaller rooms to be quickly created for use by schools and other local groups. Finished in light grey laminate to complement the interior décor the SWG Stylefold partitions offer privacy when required whilst still allowing the area to be opened out for larger gatherings as required.

Walsall Arboretum is a Victorian public park located close to the town centre. Set in 73.5 hectares of land with iconic buildings and structures such as the Clock Tower, the Boathouse, a 1920’s Bandstand and the former Tea Pavilion, the Arboretum is a local treasure that has benefited from a significant redevelopment project. The focus of the Park is the new Visitor Centre which provides important educational areas for schools, as well as recreational space with café and offices.

Working with architects Brownhill Hayward Brown and main contractor Wilmott Dixon, Style was tasked with delivering moveable wall solutions that would allow the café to be divided into separate areas to accommodate the needs of the local community. The high quality SWG (Scandinavian Wall Group) folding walls, for which Style is sole UK supplier, are fitted with double PVC seals to ensure an excellent level of acoustic integrity is achieved and maintained between adjacent rooms. Staff can quickly and easily slide the panels into place along a ceiling track, creating a firm wall with pass door within minutes.

“The restoration of the park has been a great success,” confirms Louise Worton, Arboretum Parks Manager. “The new Centre offers a high quality information point and staffed reception, as well as education activities provided in a modern classroom. The new, versatile meeting space and café have undoubtedly encouraged new users to the Park, appealing to a wide range of groups and audiences.“

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