Signage expert Stocksigns Ltd. has launched a new ‘Create Your Own Sign’ application on its website. The new feature allows customers to quickly make tailor-made adjustments to a wide range of standard health and safety signs or create bespoke signs using a variety of text and images – custom signage made easy.



With the easy-to-use web-based plug-in, users can customise a wide range of standard health and safety signs from four signage categories – . After selecting a sign to customise, users can then click on the simple drop-down menu to select both the material and size required. Material options available include aluminium composite material (ACM), 1mm rigid plastic, 22swg (0.75mm) aluminium and self-adhesive vinyl.

Next, a mock-up generator will display the chosen sign and allow customers to add their own text and select from a range of standard health and safety symbols. Once satisfied with their design, users can simply add it to their basket and check out as usual.

Furthermore, Stocksigns also offers a unique ‘Design a Sign’ category allowing customers to create their own bespoke sign. Users can upload their own image or choose from a catalogue of existing symbols before adding the required text.

 Danny Adamson, Managing Director at Stocksigns commented: “We have always provided a bespoke signage service at Stocksigns via our team of in-house experts; however, with this new easy to navigate plug-in, customers can tweak or customise our signage range and play around with the design options themselves.

“We also wanted to provide a start from scratch option for customers who have an individual design in mind. Again, this gives them the flexibility of trialling options and saving designs for future use. Of course, our signage experts are still always available to provide assistance with a design or create the customisation on a customer’s behalf, especially if the amends required are more significant.”



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Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Anti Bacterial paint range offers the best of both worlds – a paint with added anti bacterial protection which will not diminish over time, no matter how many times it is scrubbed clean.

 Healthcare settings, workplaces, schools and hospitality venues all demand exceptional levels of cleanliness and need to be able to withstand more intensive cleaning regimes than ever. Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Anti Bacterial paint, which is formulated to help create hygienically clean walls and ceilings, offers the solution.



It is enhanced through the use of the independently tested SteriTouch® silver ion technology which not only inhibits the growth of any bacteria that comes into contact with the surface, but also prevents bacteria from multiplying. And, unlike other anti-bacterial paints available, its ‘built-in’ silver ion anti bacterial protection can’t be washed off no matter how many times the surface is scrubbed clean. It also offers exceptional stain resistance for ease of maintenance.

Offering protection, durability and design flexibility, Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Anti Bacterial paint also boasts an upgraded Ultimate Opacity formulation and can be specified in either scrubbable matt or washable acrylic eggshell finish. Both options are available in a wide range of tinted colours and, with Crown’s colour experts to advise on the latest seasonal colours and trends, it means there’s no need to compromise on aesthetics when choosing a high performance product from the Clean Extreme range.

The popular Clean Extreme range also includes Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt – all of which are water-based bringing the additional benefits of a quick-drying and low-odour solution.


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North Birmingham Academy opened the doors of its £23.6 million state of the art facilities in 2013.

Not only does the building cater for the everyday requirements of a school environment for 11-19 year olds but also accommodates out of hours school clubs and activities, some like The Zone sports hall and conference facilities open to the general public.

“Because of the myriad of uses and the amount of people and equipment that moves around the building almost 24/7, we noticed that very quickly the new walls particularly were getting marked and damaged detracting from the appearance of the Academy.

“Image says a lot to both pupils and visitors about a school and with the amount of money invested into the building we were very keen to find a solution that would halt the damage and help to maintain a pristine and attractive interior. That’s when we contacted Yeoman Shield for advice on their wall and door protection products.” Explained the premises manager for NBA.

FalmouthEx 2.0mm thick wall protection panels, in a contemporary Aubergine colour, were fitted, by a team of Yeoman Shield directly employed fixing operatives along the busy 1st and 2nd floor corridors.

The frequently used sports changing rooms were also protected with Yeoman Shield FalmouthEx wall panels, in a Mushroom colour which whilst guarding against everyday wear and tear, is hygienic and easy to clean.

“Fitting Yeoman Shield will definitely show a saving on our annual redecoration budgets which can cost anywhere up to £50.00/m2 for the repainting of walls. It will also save staff time who will be able to be re deployed to other important projects helping us get through our workload more efficiently.

“We were thrilled with the service and workmanship from Yeoman Shield and we will be continuing to roll out the wall protection throughout North Birmingham Academy.” Concluded the Academy’s premises manager.


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As part of a £1.7m investment, Loughborough University recently remodelled Quorn Hall into an impressive 560-seat lecture theatre. Adding functionality to the new facility, Style was contracted to install a 57dB Dorma Hüppe Variflex ComfortDrive moveable wall system with fully automatic operation, allowing the vast space to be divided into two separate areas.

A complex project, Style was specified by Core Architects to design a system that not only accommodated the exceptionally high ceiling but that also incorporated the stepped-rise of the seating.

The final installation allows University staff to divide the space at the press of a button, with the operable wall gliding effortlessly along a dedicated central channel between the seating. Creating an unparalleled acoustic barrier, substantial rubber seals expand to just the right pressure, allowing concurrent lectures to run completely undisturbed.

An integrated pass door provides access between the divided rooms whilst an oak laminate finish adds to the stunning interior design.

Loughborough University is one of the country’s leading universities with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.



Quorn Hall originally housed a sports hall, changing rooms, offices and a small lecture theatre. The re-development project to create the new, much larger lecture theatre had to be carried out whilst the main building and café facilities were in constant use.

Because of the complexity of the project, Style had to work particularly closely with Wildgoose Construction, who was responsible for lifting 2 x 26 metre steel supports into place by crane, lowering them via chains through pockets cut into the roof.

“Dividing such a cavernous lecture theatre with a fully automated moveable wall takes careful planning and the very best on-site project management,” said Steve Williams, sales director for Style Midlands.

“We therefore developed a close working partnership with both the architect and contractor to install a product which is utterly breath-taking.

Grove Road Community Primary School, which is one of Harrogate’s oldest schools, has recently refurbished its main reception using a selection of high-performance paint solutions and an attractive heritage colour scheme from Crown Trade.

To keep the newly painted reception area looking clean and brighter for longer, Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Ultimate Opacity Scrubbable Matt was used for the ceilings and broad wall areas, with Crown Trade’s Acrylic Eggshell applied to the skirting boards, door frames and woodwork. The new multipurpose PX4 primer was also used to help prepare areas of original painted stonework so that they could be given a fresh new coat of colour.

To reflect the heritage of the building, the school opted for the main walls of reception area to be painted in the classic blue shade of Victorian Eclectic 15 from Crown Trade’s Historic and Classic Collection. The woodwork was painted in the grey shade of Victorian Eclectic 10 to further accentuate the period feature interior woodwork.

The Victorian school building dates back to 1897 and was designed and built by Samson Fox, one of Harrogate’s most famous residents and former mayors. In more recent years, the school became the first in the town to be recognised as a School of Sanctuary and prides itself on creating a warm and welcoming safe space for all.

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Improving space flexibility today, through the intelligent application of moveable walls

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Given the current social restrictions imposed by the UK government in order to manage the spread of the coronavirus, education estate managers need to urgently implement plans that will allow pupils return to learning as quickly as possible, whilst being able to maintain safe social distancing guidelines. Part of the solution is to replace the dividing wall between classrooms with a moveable wall, allowing sufficient space for a class of 30 students to spread out and be safely taught by a single teacher.

These past few months have shown just how quickly and dramatically our world can change. Improving space flexibility today, through the intelligent application of moveable walls, will help future-proof schools, ensuring they can adapt facilities to meet the shifting needs of a post-Covid19 world.

Partitioning expert Style, has a wide range of cost-effective solutions, ranging from manually operated systems to market leading fully automatic systems, with some packages available on short lead times for rapid installation.

“We have been installing high quality moveable wall systems in education establishments nationwide for over 20 years,” said Julian Sargent, group managing director for Style.  “As the UK’s sole distributor for Dorma Hüppe, Skyfold and SWG, we are able to offer a truly comprehensive range to meet all budgets and location requirements.”



There is no doubt that school closures have helped reduce the spread of the virus within the community, but it is also clear that without a vaccine in place there can be no completely safe reopening. Using moveable wall systems to modify existing spaces to ensure social distancing is maintained whilst education continues, is going to be crucial in minimising the impact of Covid-19 on the development of young people today.

A market leader in operable wall solutions, Style operates nationally through four regional offices, and a London showroom. Winner of multiple awards over two decades in the UK moveable wall sector, Style offers market leading products, and prides itself on its people, systems and processes as well as its high attentional to detail, sustainability and health and safety.

Protecting the internal walls of educational establishments is essential to maintaining an environment that stimulates learning and is more often than not written into yearly maintenance budgets. However, there is a solution that would greatly reduce the need for annual interior refurbishments whilst, more importantly, supporting risk assessments and protecting staff and pupils by reducing the spread of harmful bacteria.


Anti-bacterial protection sheet from leading UK manufacturer, Intastop Ltd, provides this all-encompassing solution for both walls and doors.


The Anti-bacterial protection sheet is enhanced so that the protection is impregnated into the sheet at the time of manufacture which permeates each layer to ensure that the product retains its integrity should it become damaged. And, because it has low water solubility and imperviousness to UV light, it continues to work for the lifespan of the product or up to 10 years.


“Schools and education facilities are continually looking for measures to enhance the health and safety of their staff, visitors and pupils at present,” said Lisa Turner, Marketing Manager Intastop. “The anti-bacterial sheet can ensure that no long lasting germs are left on walls or push plates of doors therefore, greatly enhancing daily cleaning regimes and protection. It will also protect internal walls in high traffic areas such as corridors or halls and keep internal aesthetics at an optimum for much longer.”


The impact protection sheet is designed to withstand everyday knocks, bumps and scuffs that routinely occur in schools and colleges and is easily fitted to doors, walls and cupboards to offer a high level of hygiene, protection, easy maintenance and cleaning.


Class ‘O’ fire-rated and achieves BS:476 parts 6 and 7, the sheet is can be ordered pre-cut, bespoke or can be cut on site by installers. It is available in a range of colours to stimulate learning or co-ordinate with existing schemes, and with an option to digitally print graphics and logos, can suit any interior design requirements.


Intastop has also developed a range of adhesives for the application of impact protection products. The range includes water based contact, hygienic cladding and spray contact adhesives.


For further information visit Intastop’s website

Regency Design, the design and manufacturing business, has launched a bespoke series of automatic hand sanitising stations which come in a variety of sizes to help prevent cross contamination challenges as schools and universities reopen.


Complying with the Equality Act, the automatic hand sanitising dispensers have been created to accommodate schools and pupils of all sizes, from nursery and pre-school to senior and secondary schools.


To teach younger children especially about the importance of hygiene, Regency Design has created a specific nozzle that dispenses sanitiser in a foam bubble, to make the concept of hand sanitising more fun.


Zak Manhire, Chief Commercial Officer at Regency Design, says that the team has used innovation and imagination to make the sanitising units suitable for schools: “We have adjusted the heights of our sanitising units as well as creating a variety of nozzles to make dispensing the sanitiser fun and interesting,” he says. “They can also be fully customised with a school’s coat of arms or colour schemes, to make them an integral part of the environment.”


As well as schools and early education facilities, the sanitising units are also being delivered to colleges and universities, with positive feedback already received from campuses in Sunderland and Edinburgh.


The sanitising units are 100% Made in Britain, which as well as supporting the UK economy, also means they are quick to manufacture and deliver. 


Along with their hand sanitising units, Regency Design has created a full range of PPE, including face visors, which can help keep teachers and children safe when interacting in the classroom.

Megaman has released its new integrated LED batten, Farron, available with a flexible, in-built choice of wattage and lumen outputs. Farron is a direct replacement for T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes and is ideal for education, office or retail applications, providing a wide and even light distribution. Farron is also backed by an excellent five-year warranty.

With a beam angle of 120°, built-in opal diffuser and a colour temperature of 4000K, Farron LED battens are available in four dual wattage and lumen outputs -10/21W, 20/40W, 22/52W and 26/52W – that can be easily switched between, at the touch of a button. The fixture also comes in four sizes, 600mm, 1200mm, 1500mm, and 1800mm, all with a height of 65mm, and a width of 80mm. Farron is a traditional style batten that offers a simple yet effective solution for multiple applications.

As well as an optional built-in microwave motion sensor, Farron is also available with a three-hour Emergency option, which provides a back-up solution in the event of power failure.

The Farron also offers easy installation, with ability to connect both ends by 20mm conduit and 20mm knockout holes. Cable entries and through wiring allow for linear series connection between lamp fixtures and there is a direct one to one replacement of T5 and T8 fluorescent battens.

Most importantly, the battens are energy efficient with an averaged rated lamp life of up to 50,000 hours and efficacies of up to 100 lumens per watt.

Lee Bradshaw, National Sales Manager at Megaman UK commented: “Farron is the latest batten fitting from Megaman. With the dual wattage and lumen outputs built in, Farron can be easily altered at the touch of a button to tailor the fixture to the lighting needs of the location.

“The team at Megaman has ensured that the creation of this model is not only IP20 protected, but IK08 mechanically impact resistant as well.”

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The main hall at Bohunt, a state-of-the-art secondary school in Wokingham, benefits from superbly adaptable space thanks to a contemporary DORMA Hüppe Variflex operable wall, installed by UK supplier, Style. Meeting the demand for a system with a particularly narrow stacking solution, the Variflex incorporates panels and pass doors that can be as little as 976mm wide, as opposed to the more standard 1200mm width, allowing the wall to be discretely arranged in a niche to one side of the hall.

“This is a great example of where we worked closely with both the contractor and architect to meet very specific requirements,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

Recognising this high level of commitment to craftmanship in the finishes and interiors section, Style recently won Gold in the prestigious FIS Contractor’s awards. It’s the 10th time that Style has won this coveted gold award and confirms their position as one of the UK’s leading moveable partitions specialist.

Bohunt School aims to promote a challenging learning environment where students can acquire the necessary skills, qualities and drive to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

As part of a £25 million project, Style was specified to create a flexible room configuration in the main hall. The main contractor, Dawnus Construction Holdings, had a specific requirement to have a slim stacking mechanism in order for the operable wall to fit in with the room’s structure.

Style worked with Dawnus Construction and architects, Re-Format LLP, to install a DORMA Hüppe Variflex operable wall to divide the hall on the ground floor of the building.


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With an acoustic rating of 55dB Rw, the hall can be divided to allow one half to be used as a refectory whilst on the other side teachers can run activities uninterrupted. Alternatively, when the wall is not in position it offers one open-plan area for assemblies and large events. 

When not required, the wall is stored neatly into a small recess, helping maintain the minimalist aesthetics of the room. Further complementing the contemporary interior décor, Style recommend a classic white melamine finish for the wall.