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Office Partitioning FAQs

What different types of office partition are there?

There are many different forms of office partition. Below is a list of the different types together with their associated uses.

1. Solid Partitions

Solid partitions come in two forms:

1a. Plasterboard panels

A single skin plasterboard panel, gives a 30-minute fire rating, and a double skin, which gives a 1 hour fire rating.

1b. Composite panels

The composite panel is made with a 27mm honeycombed core and faced off with 9.5mm of plasterboard to either side. This type of panel is usually used in our demountable partitioning systems.

2. Glazed Demountable Partitions

This is an extremely versatile, non-load bearing, re-locatable partitioning system for internal use. Contained within a 50mm aluminium framework this system is light and durable. Glazed partitions offer the ideal solution to your temporary or longer-term office requirements.

Made of aluminium or plastic sections to create single and double glazed modules, these panels can be faced in vinyl, melamine, veneer or steel and can be satin anodised or powder coated to any colour in the BS or RAL ranges. The skirting can be made from plastic or aluminium from 75mm to 150 mm in height.

Glazed partitions are particularly useful if there is a need to maximise light or increase visibility in an office.

3. Soundproof Partitions

For optimum soundproofing, we would recommend the use of solid plasterboard partitioning.

4. Demountable Partitions

Providing that the ceiling height within you office does not vary too much, demountable partitions may be taken down and re-erected at will. This enables you to quickly and easily change the layout of your office. Demountable partitioning is not fire rated and therefore cannot be used where fire-rated partitions are required.

5. Fire Rated Partitions

The fire rated partition is used widely in offices throughout the country. You ’ll see it in corridors and in the lobbies of staircases and lifts. It is specified for these areas by architects, so that the building conforms to legal requirements.

6. Storage Wall Partitioning

The storage wall partition provides storage space whilst at the same time acting as a room divider or partition.

7. Operable Partitioning Walls

Mainly used to divide conference and meeting rooms, hotel reception rooms, restaurants, school halls and lecture rooms; these are a versatile and aesthetically pleasing solution to any need for room division.

What are the benefits of using office partitioning over traditional building techniques?

The principal benefits of office partitioning over traditional building techniques are speed and flexibility.

Partitions can be erected, demounted and re-erected very quickly and without the mess or noise disruption associated with other forms of re-modelling. In addition, in most cases, there is no need to close the office whilst the work is being carried out.

What choice of office partition finish is there?

There is a choice of timber veneer, glass, vinyl steel or MFC (melamine faced composite). The decision on which material to use should be based upon its intended purpose

What choice of door finish is available?

You can choose a door finish from timber, veneer, glass, steel, or laminate.

What are the key points to consider when deciding which office partitions to install?

The questions to consider when deciding upon the correct form of office partitioning to suit your needs are:

  • What will the finished workspaces be used for?
  • What choice of office partition finish is needed and where?
  • What choice of door finish is required?
  • For glass or silicon partitions, do you need single, double or triple glazing?
  • Do the office partitions need to be fire rated?
  • Is soundproofing important, if so, where?
  • Does the partitioning need to be particularly strong?
  • Are the ceilings of your building at the same height or do they vary?
  • Is the partition going to be a permanent fixture?
  • How quickly does the partitioning need to be installed?

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