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What are Partition Walls made of?

Partition Walls are not designed to be load bearing. Ie, they will not provide support for ceilings, roofs, or act as structural reinforcement for any part of a building. They are primarily designed to be aesthetic or functional in appearance, and for partitioning areas of space in offices, houses, industrial units, schools, and more.For this reason, the materials used in partition walls do not necessarily need to be of heavyweight or strong materials. However, they are often made of strong materials out of requirements rather than anything else.

The materials used are typically steel panels, bricks, cloth, plastic, plasterboard, wood, clay blocks, concrete, and glass, or any combination thereof.

For glass, this is purely an aesthetic choice, and is mainly used in offices in areas such as reception or front of house. Glass is also used for areas where solid walls may cut out too much light. the glass panels tend to be constructed of smaller glass blocks, but it is entirely possible to use larger glass panes if required.  They may be suspended from or slide along a robust aluminium ceiling track.

Timber or wooden partition walls are generally of a wooden framework construction. There is normally additional reinforcement by attaching to side walls or by the use of steel supports.  Wood is a cheap and convenient way of adding walls, and are usually covered by a plasterboard skim , or in the case of movable walls, fabric is often used.  For wet areas such as kitchens or bathrooms, a water resistant fibre cement board is often used.  Plain or reinforced partition walls which get used in industrial areas (and therefore not particularly reliant on aesthetics) may also be constructed from concrete, including cast concrete blocks. Metal framed partitioning is also available.

There are many other types, with new ones being developed all the time.  If you are unsure which type you need, please give us a call.

What is a Partition Wall ?

Partition Walls and generally described as a wall which is designed for separating or partitioning areas of offices, warehouses, retail units, industrial or residential properties. They are non-load bearing, and in that respect are the opposite of load bearing walls (generally termed internal walls). These walls can be temporary, permanent or removable/collapsible, making them very versatile.

The main advantage of a partition wall is its flexibility, in that a larger room can be quickly split up into smaller sections. This makes them perfect for new companies moving into office premises, as you can quickly and easily create offices, pods, or bays for single or multiple office staff. This is particularly useful for call centres, as the walls also create additional soundproofing for employees. Just about any configuration is possible, utilising a range of materials to your requirements. These can include glass, plasterboard, brick or others.

Advantages

  • quick and easy way to create as many number or size of different rooms or partitions
  • each partition/room can be utilised for any purpose
  • improves insulation
  • excellent soundproofing
  • Lightweight and cheaper than major building work
  • movable where required (depending on installation)
  • reconfigurable

Moveable and Flexible Partition Walls improve Office Well-being

Research has discovered that movable walls in offices can help to improve overall well being for employees, and provide multiple layouts in offices and work environments.

Partition Walls are generally a permanent installation. However, there has been research which suggests that movable walls can improve overall well being in offices along with providing in infinitely flexible working layout for work requirements. Movable Partition Walls can be clicked together (via clips or magnetism) to create different environments based on worker requirements. They may even be done simply to bring a change to the look or appeal of the office.

For example, individual booths in offices may be quickly reconfigured to give a large meeting area between employees. They could also be reconfigured to provide a departmental environment where needed, perhaps with a number of people from one sales team or department. When this requirement is over, the movable partition walls can be quickly reconfigured to the original setting, or provide new and alternative layouts as and when required. This gives the workforce and management huge flexibility in arranging the office work space. In addition to providing flexible layouts, the removal of the four walls around workers can help promote overall well-being and give a much greater sense of teamwork and improve employee-employer relations.