Flexible office space in a post-pandemic world
Although home working has become the new norm, there will always be a need for people to meet for collaborative working and negotiations which just cannot be carried out as effectively using online technology. Allowing commercial offices to be quickly reconfigured, the use of moveable wall systems will be a cornerstone to the redesign process, delivering flexible space that can be quickly adapted to help ensure social distancing requirements can be safely maintained.
“We have been installing high quality partitioning systems in commercial offices nationwide for over 20 years,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director for Style. “As the UK’s leading moveable wall specialist, we are the sole distributor for Dorma Hüppe, Skyfold and SWG, so are able to offer a truly comprehensive range to meet all budgets and locations.”
Workplace planners will need to look carefully at how they can reduce the number of people in an area at any given time, whilst still allowing meeting and collaboration spaces to be created that allow safe distances between the participants.
Recent advances in moveable wall technology has seen automation replace manual handling of the partitioning elements, improving speed and ease of use whilst also significantly reducing the risk of virus transfer. Meeting or training rooms can literally be reconfigured at the touch of a button, or the turn of a key.
“At one end of the scale we have the Skyfold vertically-rising, fully automatic wall that descends in moments, creating two separate areas that both enjoying outstanding acoustic privacy,” comments Sargent.
“At the other end, offering a modern alternative to old-fashioned partitioning screens, our unique Working Wall consists of a cluster of individual partitioning elements that slide and pivot to create numerous sized spaces for individual endeavour, impromptu meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Adaptability like this offers unique opportunities to reconfigure safe office space in the post-virus world.”
Operating nationwide, Style has won multiple awards over two decades in the UK moveable wall sector and prides itself on its people, systems and processes as well as its high attention to detail, sustainability and health and safety.