What is a mezzanine?
Let’s get this one out the way first – what is a mezzanine floor? In it’s strictest definition, a mezzanine floor is an intermediate floor between what may be termed the ‘official’ floors (or indeed floor and ceiling) of the building. It may still have been part of the original design, or a later a addition, but never-the-less is not actually a floor of the building itself.
Where do you find mezzanines?
Everywhere! Mezzanine are incredibly versatile. You may find one in a warehouse, where the company needs more storage area and so have installed a mezzanine. You may find one in a factory, where an office has been built on the mezzanine to partition it off from noise, while still being able to oversee the factory floor. It may be in a retail environment, to expand shop floor area. It may be in an office environment, to increase space for workers.
Why would you add one?
This one is really simple – you need more space! For a business to relocate can be extremely costly and is not always practical. A warehouse or factory may have enormous amounts of stock or heavy machinery to move. A retail store may not want to lose their current high street position. In such a circumstance, a mezzanine floor provides a simple, quick, cost-effective solution to increase your current workspace without having to relocate an entire business.
What are the limits?
Mezzanine floors come in a variety of forms. The most important issue is; how will the floor be used? If it’s a simple office floor, then it may only be required to support 2.5 – 3.5 kilo-newtons per square metre. However, a heavy-duty industrial floor may require 9.6 kilo-newtons per square metre. And there are options in between, depending upon light or medium industrial use.
Fire rating is also an important aspect and may be compulsory, depending upon how the floor will be used. Are there staff or customers using the mezzanine? If so, then the floor will need to be fire rated for a particular length of time.
Do you need planning permission?
Not necessarily. Depending upon where the floor is being constructed, you don’t usually need planning permission, however you will need building control. Amongst other things, this includes looking at the plans of the building and determining what the mezzanine is being constructed on – can the floor take the load? It also takes into account the height of the mezzanine, is their sufficient room above and below the floor?
Does any of this sound daunting?
If any aspect of this sounds daunting to you, the good news is here at SPF we handle the entire project for you, from start to finish, including all aspects of design, loading, fire rating, building control and liaising with any necessary authorities on your behalf.
We also have our mezzanine guide, which you can download for free by clicking on the button below and we have our dedicated mezzanine website, which contains further information and a free, online cost estimator for you to use >here<
If you prefer, you are always welcome to contact our specialist mezzanine team for advice or you can arrange a no-obligation site survey, where they will visit your site and calculate precise costs based on your requirements. You can contact the team >here<