Recognising the benefits of adaptable space, the retail sector has seen an increase in demand for moveable wall systems that allow the reconfiguration of a shop floor layout, or in a shopping centre, as a glass divide that can be opened out during the day.
With such systems becoming integral to the smooth running of the retail outlet, emphasis must be placed on the maintenance and service of such systems, minimising the risk of unscheduled downtime, or a degradation of fire safety performance.
“With technological advances, moveable wall systems have become more complex,” comments Katie Mitchell, southern service and repair manager at leading partitioning specialist, Style.
“It is vital to have your partitioning wall regularly serviced and maintained by a professional with the necessary credentials to carry out a safe and thorough job.”
Appropriate engineer competence might include CITB approved in-house training, an NVQ Level Two Operable Wall Installer certificate and training for access equipment, such as PASMA and IPAF. For fully and semi automatic systems, engineers must have certified manufacturer training, with fault detection software and hardware available.
Style is the only UK nationwide breakdown and repair service for all types and makes of acoustic moveable walls. For continuity of care, all engineers are directly employed and have been trained in health and safety, asbestos awareness, risk assessment and PASMA, and are CHAS and ConstructionLine accredited.
“Aiming to minimise cost and disruption, we always try to repair an existing system wherever possible, replacing individual parts or even re-fashioning worn components on occasions,” concludes Katie. “A well-maintained moveable wall can operate safely and efficiently for 25 years plus and key to that is a good relationship with a reputable servicing partner.”