Council offices get flexible

Saving public money by reducing the need to hire off site facilities, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s new head office building incorporates a highly flexible meeting area.

Ensuring the room can be used for a multitude of purposes, Style was contracted to install a combination of dividing wall systems.  A superior Skyfold partition unfolds from the ceiling at the push of a button to create an exceptional acoustic wall at one end of the room whilst at the other end, a DORMA Variflex sliding wall system incorporates pass-doors for easy access between divided areas. The combination of these two moveable walls allows Council staff to partition the facility to create either three individual meeting rooms, or one large area with a single smaller break-out room.

Located in the heart of Nottingham, Rushcliffe Arena is a new sports facility that includes a gym, swimming pool, sports hall, squash courts and café.  As a combined facility, it is also home to Rushcliffe Borough Council who saved £350,000 in annual running costs by moving head office staff into this multi-purpose building.

Impressed after seeing one of Style’s Skyfold moveable partitioning walls in use at Melton Mowbray Borough Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council asked their architect, CPMG, to contact Style to provide something similar.

Working with main contractor Farrans, and McAdam Design, Style’s brief was to provide flexible meeting areas adjacent to the Council Chamber. This was achieved using two very different moveable wall systems.

Skyfold is a fully automatic, acoustic operable wall that occupies no floor space when not in use as it is hidden from sight in in the ceiling cavity.  At the push of a button it lowers smoothly into place offering outstanding space division and exceptional acoustic integrity.


The DORMA Variflex acoustic sliding moveable wall was chosen as the addition of pass-doors would ensure access between the areas could be maintained.