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Building Products March 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS Style divides pharmaceutical giant Style has installed four Dorma moveable wall systems at the Berkshire offices of a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. The semi-automatic partitions can be used to quickly divide a Increased demand for mixed-use developments predicted in 2018 The demand for high quality mixed-use city centre developments is likely to continue into 2018, according to Thomas & Adamson, the project manager and contract administrator of Marischal Square, the landmark project in Aberdeen city centre. Chris Narrowmore, partner at Thomas & Adamson, said: “Marischal Square is the first of its kind in Aberdeen in terms of quality and standards for a mixeduse project.” The £107 million development, delivered by Muse Developments and funded by Aviva Investors, will reportedly provide space for dozens of businesses, leisure and hospitality amenities. It also houses a 5m-high steel sculpture created by Kelpies creator, Andy Scott, comprised of tens of thousands of individual metal elements. Chris Narrowmore added: “We were delighted to have Door closers enhance office interiors Powermatic controlled, concealed door-closers are described as the ‘perfect solution’ for providing discreet, automatic closing in newbuild and refurbishment of office buildings. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Powermatic door-closers are said to be totally concealed when the door is closed. Together with ‘outstanding’ fire-performance and accessibility credentials, this concealment reportedly delivers a wide range of benefits. According to the company, these include enhanced aesthetics laboratory learning facility as well as office space, creating smaller areas or opening up the area as required. For this high-spec project, Style worked with architect, Perkins and Will and contractor, Tetris Bluu. A large laboratory at the offices and a reduced risk of being damaged through vandalism or tampering. In buildings with raised floors, Powermatic doorclosers are also said to provide a viable alternative to floor-mounted closing devices Safety and convenience in the office can be further enhanced by the use of Powermatic Free Swing in situations where there might be a temptation for fire doors to be propped open for ventilation, ease of access or comfort. www.concealeddoorclosers.com been selected to work with Muse Developments, Aviva and Aberdeen City Council on a project of this calibre. Aberdeen City Council is continuing a long-term city centre regeneration project and Marischal Square will play a significant part in that process, in terms of quality and standards for a mixed-use project. “Working with Muse Developments on Marischal Square, has been a fantastic experience for Thomas & Adamson.” www.thomasandadamson.com BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH is used by approximately 1,000 school children a year who visit to learn about science and enjoy the facilities. A Dorma Moveo system allows this area to be separated into two rooms as required, delivering 55dB Rw acoustic integrity and what is described as excellent privacy. Increasing the functionality of the wall, each side of the partition features a magnetic white board which is boarded with a blue fabric finish. Two larger Moveo systems, in the same design, divide the main meeting room into two or three separate rooms to meet day-today demands – again offering the facility to open it into one expansive openplan space for conferences and larger gatherings. Finally, a Dorma Moveo Glass moveable wall secures the lab space from the arrival and café area. This can be opened up to give the children access before, during or after educational science classes. Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, said: “This is a great example of how you can cleverly use space in different ways for different occasions. “The glass system allows you to see into the lab when you arrive, and lets light into the room giving a feeling of space. “The combination of magnetic white boards and blue fabric in the lab and meeting areas makes the walls functional as well as practical. “And thanks to the semiautomatic operation of these walls, they are incredibly simple to move in and out of position and can be used at a moment’s notice.” www.style-partitions.co.uk Dividable meeting rooms Marischal Square


Building Products March 2018
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