One of Worksmart’s main supplier partners since our inception in 2002 has been Komfort, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of glass partitioning. Dan Smith, Komfort’s Project Specification Manager, sat down with our marketing apprentice Kieran Johnstone in the Worksmart Lounge built in Double Glazed Komfort Polar Glazed Partitioning with Sonik P Double Glazed Door all with feature Graphics, to discuss how their glazed partitioning can help your business.
KJ: Hi Dan. For those who are unaware, can you explain what glazed partitioning is and what it does?
DS: Glazed partitioning is a dividing solution which is constructed using a multitude of glass types which acts to separate areas of a business. It can also act as a unique and special marketing tool for your business, due to the wide selection of graphics and manifestation that can be placed onto the partitioning that will ensure that your business instantly credibility in your sector of industry.
KJ: What services and solutions do Komfort provide working with Worksmart?
DS: Komfort’s main service is the design of glazed partitioning that includes all manner of research and development to ensure that the product our clients receive is the best it possibly can. We also then manufacture and supply all our glazed partitioning through specialist approved contractors like Worksmart Contracts to use in solutions on fit-outs and refurbishments.
KJ: What type of businesses can use glazed partitioning?
DS: Almost any type of business can use our services. While partitioning is most commonly associated with being used in commercial office space, there has been a rise in public sector and education organisations using this material. For example, Ayr College’s Dam Park Campus was supplied with a Komfort / Worksmart Solution. As you can see from the picture below, this mix of double glazed partitioning and colourful graphics makes this area of the campus look welcoming.
DS: Glazed partitioning has also started to be used to great effect within the medical sector. Due to the ability to use full cover manifestation to allow for complete privacy, several hospitals have started to request glazed partitioning in their fit-outs and refurbishments. We are currently in the tendering process with yourself a technically detailed project that will contain our new “Switch Glass”, which allows for a mains powered switch to be flicked that alters the glass from clear to opaque. This could be the future of areas such as operating theatres in these facilities.
KJ: Appreciating that the solutions we can provide as a team of Worksmart & Komfort how much is Sound and Fire a question when speaking to Architects and Designers?
DS: Both are very important and feature consistently when meeting with Architects and Designers when designing solutions in Interior Fit-Outs and Refurbishments in Interior Contracting Projects. Sound is developing continually and we have some fabulous proven solutions with full formal testing certifications rather than assessments. Fire is similar and coming back into the market more now following recession a few years ago as more is available with Project Budgets than there was then. It could be that its Polar30/30 or formal 60/60 Fire rating we have all the bases and solutions covered.
KJ: Is there a rise in the use of double glazed doors and single glazed doors rather than timber doors?
DS: There has been an increase in both, especially double glazed doors as the costs for this relatively new concept has come down with R&D development and design making these more available to the Project Budgets. We can achieve enhanced acoustic performance using double glazed options at very competitive prices, which is a win win.
KJ: I’ve read many articles that say glazed partitioning can be used to increase productivity. Why is this the case?
DS: Due to the transparency of partitioning, it allows for an excellent open-plan office to be created, as it keeps the traditional division of walls while also allowing for a more open working environment. Glazed partitioning is a clean and modern material, and also creates a sense of openness and honesty between management and staff, compared to the typical office solutions. Furthermore, partitioning allows natural light to flow more naturally through an office space, and therefore create a clearer work environment for employees to use.
KJ: How do you see Komfort growing over the coming years?
DS: Komfort have been trading in this sector for 45 years, and we were the original manufacturer of partitioning systems since our inception. We therefore have a wide knowledge of all products that are available in the market. We have been at the forefront of the design, manufacture and distribution of all manner of glass solutions for decades, and therefore feel we are highly qualified to deal with any partitioning enquiries you may have.
KJ: Looking forward to the next follow up session with Dan Smith on the specific Projects which we are working on currently in the office market, healthcare, education and more. Six figures a month for the next six months in the order book and working together.