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.