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Modern university divides lecture theatre with Skyfold Style installs advanced partitioning at Coventry University lecture hall


orking with architect Arup Associates and contractor Vinci Construction UK, Style was specified to sub-divide the new lecture theatre at Coventry University using the technologically advanced, automatic Skyfold vertical-folding partition. This innovative and unique acoustic partitioning wall system offers a high acoustic rating, delivering exceptional privacy to users on either side. In addition, floor space is maximised as the entire unit folds neatly into the ceiling cavity when not in use. “We have been extremely impressed with the Skyfold partition,” confirms Douglas Fewkes, Project Manager in the Estates Department at the University. “The lecture hall can be quickly divided at the press of a button giving us a really flexible working space.”

Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research. Students benefit from a campus that delivers state-of- the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres.

A showcase feature of the University is the round lecture theatre in the new engineering and computing building. Arranged with contemporary seating in a steep circle around the central lecture stands, the space can be divided into two discrete areas by lowering the automatic vertical-folding Skyfold partition. Only available in the UK from partitioning experts Style, Skyfold is a phenomenal solution for dividing an area combining fast room reconfiguration with impressive acoustic performance of up to Rw56dB.

“We’re seeing a real acceleration in the number of Skyfold specifications,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands, “and it’s of no surprise when you see this incredible moveable wall in action. “When open, you would never even know a partitioning wall was in the room. But once activated it glides silently into place creating a stunning, acoustic divide enabling the University to maximise the use of space, and vary the use of the lecture theatre, at the touch of a button.” u01202 874044

Heckmondwike FB demonstrates commitment to school business managers


eckmondwike FB has become an Approved Partner of the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM). With over 2,000 members, NASBM works exclusively on behalf of the school business management profession, supporting all schools and academies.

The Approved Partner Scheme is designed to recognise suppliers that are recommended by schools and academies for delivering the highest levels of service. To become an Approved Partner, Heckmondwike FB was subject to a rigorous vetting process, which included the Association

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taking up six references from schools that the company has supplied.

Abby Chandler, Marketing Manager for Heckmondwike FB, said: “We are delighted to become Corporate Members of the NASBM. School Business Managers play a very influential role in ensuring the right decisions are made in terms of purchases for schools. We are looking forward to further developing our relationships with school business managers and playing an active part within the Association.”

NASBM supports the training, qualification and professional regulation of the role of school

business managers. It offers the profession an influential voice in national educational policy and continually strives to raise the profile of school business management.

Heckmondwike FB is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of fibre bonded carpets and carpet tiles to the education and public sectors, which are manufactured at its factory in West Yorkshire. The company is fully certified to ISO 14001, as part of its commitment to sustainability.

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