Driving through walls with style

Specialising in qualified adult and apprentice education, the new Henry Ford Academy in Daventry comprises of a prestigious auditorium, meeting and training facility.

Working directly with contractor, Indec UK, Style advised installing fully automatic DORMA Moveo acoustic moveable walls, creating exceptionally flexible space in this high specification warehouse conversion.

In the main auditorium, the plan had originally been to install large swing doors. However, after evaluating the client’s requirements, Style recommended the DORMA partitioning solution. At one end of the stage area is a Moveo wall consisting of three panels, one of which incorporates a pass door. The same is repeated at the other end but in a configuration occupying the corner. This arrangement enables vehicles to be easily manoeuvred into and out of the auditorium, for presentation and teaching purposes. Thanks to DORMA’s unique fully automatic ComfortDrive system the moveable walls provide excellent acoustic performance and ease of operation.

In the larger teaching areas and meeting rooms, Style tailored a flexible arrangement which involved DORMA Variflex, a highly flexible partitioning wall with interchangeable panels and 60dB Rw acoustics. Where the structure wasn’t suitable for supporting top-hung systems Style provided floor supported SWG folding walls.

“A great deal of thought went into the overall solution for this impressive warehouse conversion,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “We looked carefully at each room, and the variety of ways they were going to be used before determining which moveable wall solutions worked best.

“One of the advantages we have as the market leading operable walls specialist is being able to offer a wide portfolio of different partitioning systems from high end, fully automatic to manual folding walls, and by having such a broad portfolio meant we could perfectly design the right solution for Henry Ford.”

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