Portable Partitions Australia recently supplied sliding room dividers to assist a Melbourne-based organisation sub-divide their open plan office to accommodate multiple training areas as well as a reception.

Flexibility and adaptability of space within modern Australian offices continue to be a critical issue, as the requirement for maximising space utilisation becomes the norm.

Open plan offices do not support the use of the space for multiple activities to take place simultaneously such as meetings, training sessions or employee break areas without disrupting or distracting the rest of the office.

Portable Partitions Australia was approached by Technical Education in Melbourne to help provide a solution for cost-effectively splitting a large 220 square metre floor space into four quadrants consisting of three training areas and an office/reception area.

The client sought a solution that would allow the room to be quickly and easily transformed into smaller spaces and opened back up to its full capacity as and when required. Additionally, the solution should also allow natural daylight to pass through without obstruction or restriction.

PPA’s sliding tall wall room dividers were selected as a flexible and highly cost-effective solution to the client’s problem. Consisting of a mix of fabric and polycarbonate main panels that created an excellent sound absorbing barrier, the room divider was topped by clear polycarbonate panels to allow natural daylight to pass.

Three of the main temporary divider walls were attached to the outer office walls for stability. The sliding and staking function of the temporary walls meant they could be rolled back and folded flat to the outer wall when not in use, allowing full use of the original working space in the open plan floor design.

PPA supplied a total of 38 linear metres of temporary sliding walls installed at a height of 2.95m. The project was completed in less than one week from the initial enquiry, at a fraction of the cost and time that had been quoted for permanent rail mounted room dividers.