If you are considering installing a commercial mezzanine floor to give you extra space, you will need to think about the following key areas as a starting point:
- Building Regulations
It is always best to have Building Regulation approval for your new mezzanine floor, partly due to safety reasons, proposed increase to fire risk procedures and lastly, if you have not gained approval, the Local Authority can insist you remove it. The financial implication of having it to be removed can be catastrophic to your organisation.
- Planning Permission
The structural change to your building will be internal by installing the new mezzanine floor, therefore Planning Permission is not really being required. However, if you make changes to the like of a slope of a roof (external change) to fit the mezzanine floor, this changes the scenario and therefore planning permission would be needed. If in doubt, always check with your Local Authority.
- Structural Changes
You must bear in mind that a mezzanine floor will add an additional weight to the supporting walls of your building area. You will need to consider this to check supporting structures.
Your design will need to take this into consideration and check with the specialist provider to ensure the quote and information provides calculations, checking this falls within legal requirements. A good contractor will help you keep the design and calculations within legal requirements.
- Mezzanine Floor Use
The use of the floor is very important as this will determine if you will require fire ratings or not. If you are just looking for a storage area, you will be able to remove fire ratings from your design and quotation (but always ask your contractor to be sure). If you intend to use this floor where people will be working or build office areas, you must include fire rating to the design so that the materials such as the mezzanine columns etc. will be fire rated and comply with legal standards.
- Planning & Design
Design is important and access to the floor will need to be considered for example, how many staircases will you need for point of entry? Ceiling height is very important and you need to ensure there is sufficient height before even moving to the design stage. You really need a workable height no less than 2.2m.
You will also need to consider handrails, kick plates etc. but your contractor should provide you with support and guidance in this area.
Getting it right, designed to legal standards and fit for purpose will be key a for safety, legal purposes and should you even need to dismantle at a later date for moving to new premises. Remember! Your Landlord has many powers and this is a request he will definitely state as it is up to you to put the premises back in the order in which it was when moving in. Stripping out the mezzanine will need to be considered therefore getting it installed by a professional organisation will be key.
If you would like to know more about installing a new mezzanine floor, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0191 519 6919. SPF Projects will always provide you will up to date information regarding mezzanine floor installations.