Please find below common questions that we receive regarding Mezzanines. If the questions that you have aren’t covered here, we would love to talk through any questions you may have. Feel free to call us or to submit an enquiry.
Manufactured from steel, a mezzanine is constructed from a combination of main beams, purlins (roof supports), columns and decking. Additional accessories that may be included are staircases, handrails and pallet gates.
The benefits of a mezzanine are twofold; space and cost. By installing a mezzanine floor, you can as much as double your existing work area without having to rent or purchase additional premises. It will also save you money in terms of business rates – because you’re not increasing the surface area of your work unit, there are no additional rates to pay.
In general terms, you will need to have available head room of 5000mm or more if you wish to install a mezzanine in your premises.
There are several types of mezzanine floors, offering solutions for different issues. The main applications are:
Mezzanine floors represent great value for money, especially when you weigh up the alternative options. The cost will range in price, from around £75 to £120 per square metre; when compared to the cost of moving premises, having a mezzanine fitted could be up to 80% cheaper!
Because every building is different and every client has their own criteria, every mezzanine floor is a bespoke solution. A thorough site survey and analysis will be carried out to identify where the floor will be situated and how the columns will be incorporated into the existing structure. Sometimes columns can be hidden in the walls of the spaces being created below the mezzanine, or they may be integrated into an existing shelving layout; whatever your specific requirements, our experienced designers will work closely with you to create a floor plan that will fit your exact needs, ensuring that it’s entirely fit for purpose.
On average, the lead time from signing off drawing designs to delivery will take around 3 to 4 weeks – so about 4 or 5 weeks from point of order. Our installation team can fit approximately 100m² per day, so you can work out roughly how long the installation process will take depending on the footprint of your mezzanine. If your mezzanine floor requires fire rating, this will take about the same amount of time again.
Sometimes a mezzanine floor needs to be fire rated – this will depend on its intended use, and is a legal building regulation that must be complied with. Fire rating a mezzanine involves the installation of a suspended floor on the underside, and protecting columns and fascias with a plastisol material.
Mezzanine flooring that’s been constructed for use as storage doesn’t require fire rating; however, if it totals 50% or more of your building’s overall footprint or runs for a length of over 20 metres in any direction, this exclusion may not apply and you may still be required to have your mezzanine fire rated. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of your staff and visitors.
A standard mezzanine floor for retail or office use is designed to take 360kg per square metre (3.6kn/m²), with storage and production mezzanine flooring being built to hold up to 500 kg per square metre (4.8kn/m²).
A mezzanine can accommodate for shelving, racking, office furniture and equipment or even a half ton pallet loaded onto a pallet truck, but we will need to know exactly what you intend to use it for to ensure that the design is appropriate and can support the weight load required. It’s even possible to design a floor that will take a ton per square metre, which is useful if you need to install heavy machinery. However, this will usually require alterations to be made to the existing concrete floor.
When you have a mezzanine floor fitted, you’ll need to have lighting and smoke detectors built-in underneath. If your flooring is fitted with a suspended ceiling for fire rating purposes, we generally install modular fittings within this element; where there is no suspended ceiling, we usually hang fluorescent fittings from the purlins.
Typical lux levels required under a mezzanine are 200 lux when used for storage and 500 lux for office and production purposes. All of our quotations include electrical work as standard and every aspect of the project will be clearly itemised for your inspection.
In regards to smoke detection, this can be wired back to your existing fire safety control panel and we can either include this is the overall project or you can contact your service provider for them to manage this if you prefer.
Just as with any other building work, mezzanine flooring must conform to current UK building regulations. To ensure that your floor complies with these regulations, we work closely with an approved building inspector; doing this allows us to ‘pre-approve’ the application and begin construction as soon as the building notice has been submitted and acknowledged – a process that takes about a week.
Upon completion of your installation, the inspector will visit your premises to ensure that it has been built in mine with the agreed plans and they will then sign it off and your certificate will be issued. For mezzanine floors that are required to be fire rated, the building inspector will also be accompanied by a fire officer, so that they can check that the structure complies with fire safety regulations.
A list of approved inspectors can be viewed at the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) website:www.acai.org.uk
It’s very unusual for a mezzanine floor to require planning permission, but it’s vital that they meet the relevant building regulations; BS5950 part 1 and BS6399 part 5. These regulations cover important safety features such as fire escapes and protection, and smoke detectors. When you use Nexus for your mezzanine flooring requirements, we guarantee that we’ll always comply with these regulations.
Mezzanine floors are always bespoke, as they are specifically designed to suit the premises they were originally intended for. However, if it’s a fairly straightforward design you may be able to take it with you – providing your new building has a layout that will support it being installed in exactly the same way. The more complicated your floor design is, the less likely that you’ll be able to move it to a new building.
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