Like most schools, the main hall at St. Peter’s in Exeter is constantly being used for a multitude of activities. Partitioning experts Style were asked to advise and replace an old movable wall, from a historic supplier, as staff were struggling to manoeuvre it into place. Close inspection revealed that the existing tracks were only suited to 4m panels, although the opening is 7m high.
Style recommended installing a semi-automatic DORMA Variflex partitioning system that offers solutions for ceiling heights up to 14.5m. With a 55dB Rw acoustic rating, the new movable wall has a chic beech finish, with central panels in white for use with a projector for use during assemblies and presentations.
The main hall is converted into a 500-seat dining room for lunch but to maximise use during the rest of the day, staff and pupils have benefited from the flexibility afforded by a partitioning wall system.
“We found that the existing movable wall system had significantly deteriorated,” comments Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “The tracks were unsuitable for the size of the panels and this meant they couldn’t effectively carry their weight and the system had been deteriorating with use.”
Working with Carillion, Style installed the DORMA Variflex partitioning wall. With specialist tracks and semi-automatic operation, the new system feels so light it can be opened by the gentle push of one hand. It also means its longevity is protected, and walls of this quality can be operational for 25 years or longer with the correct servicing.
“This is a superb system that, considering its height and weight, is effortless to operate and complements any interior design with a range of finishes,” said Julian.