When it comes to optimising workspace and improving operational efficiency, installing a mezzanine floor can be a game-changer for businesses of all sizes. A mezzanine floor is an intermediate level between the main floors of a building, and it offers numerous benefits, including cost savings. In this blog, we’ll explore how investing in a mezzanine floor can translate into significant financial advantages for your business.
1. Maximising Existing Space
One of the most evident ways mezzanine floors save money is by making the most out of the space you already have. Instead of renting or purchasing additional square footage, which can be costly, a mezzanine floor allows you to utilize the vertical space within your existing facility. This can be especially valuable for warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants where every inch of space counts.
2. Reducing Relocation Costs
If your business is growing, you might consider relocating to a larger facility to accommodate your expanding operations. However, this entails not only the cost of acquiring or leasing a new space but also the expenses associated with moving, such as packing, transportation, and downtime. Installing a mezzanine floor can postpone or even eliminate the need for such a move, saving you a substantial amount of money in the process.
3. Lower Construction Expenses
Compared to traditional construction projects, adding a mezzanine floor is relatively cost-effective and less disruptive. It typically requires fewer materials, labor, and time. Moreover, mezzanine installations are often subject to fewer building regulations and permits compared to ground-level expansions or new construction.
4. Increased Operational Efficiency
A mezzanine floor can enhance your operational efficiency by creating dedicated spaces for various functions within your facility. Whether it’s storage, office space, or additional production areas, this segmentation can lead to more streamlined workflows and improved productivity. In turn, higher productivity can translate into cost savings through reduced labor hours and quicker order fulfillment.
5. Potential Tax Benefits
Depending on your location and local tax laws, adding a mezzanine floor may qualify for tax incentives, deductions or grants. Consult with a tax advisor to explore potential tax benefits that could further reduce the overall cost of your mezzanine installation.
As your business continues to evolve, a mezzanine floor offers scalability. You can adapt and expand your mezzanine layout as needed, without the lengthy and expensive process of constructing new buildings or leasing more space. This agility is especially valuable in industries with fluctuating demands.
7. Enhanced Property Value
Finally, it’s worth noting that the addition of a mezzanine floor can increase the overall value of your property. This can be advantageous if you ever decide to sell your business or use the property as collateral for financing.
In conclusion, installing a mezzanine floor is not just an investment in additional space; it’s an investment in cost savings and improved operational efficiency. By maximizing existing space, reducing relocation costs, and enjoying the flexibility it offers, businesses can achieve significant financial benefits in the long run. If you’re looking for a practical solution to expand your operations without breaking the bank, a mezzanine floor might be the answer you’ve been searching
What is a supply-only mezzanine?
A mezzanine is an elevated platform and offers a great way to make use of the extra vertical space in your facility. They are usually located between the floor and ceiling and can be freestanding or attached to walls. Mezzanines can be made out of roll-formed or structural steel, and there are many different types of floors available. Supply only mezzanines are not just used in industrial settings – they can also be used in retail stores, restaurants, sports facilities, and gyms.
A supply-only mezzanine is essentially no different to a mezzanine, as described above. The difference is that companies like us will supply and install your mezzanine following all safety guidelines and regulations, but a supply-only mezzanine will offer you the mezzanine parts you need without the team required to fit the mezzanine. This means that you are responsible for installing your own mezzanine and ensuring it follows guidelines and is safe for use.
Whilst it may sound concerning to have your mezzanine delivered in parts with the responsibility to erect it yourself, there are actually many benefits to purchasing supply-only mezzanines – if you have the ability to put it up safely in your own time. This month, Mezz One give you all the benefits
How can mezzanine installation help your business?
One of the main benefits of a mezzanine is the extra storage space it provides. By having the mezzanine floor up in the air, you can still use the space underneath it while also having all the extra room that the mezzanine provides. If your warehouse is running out of room and you have tall ceilings, it can be easier and more cost-effective to add a mezzanine than to move to a new building or have construction done on your current one. Shelving and other storage units can go on the mezzanine to take advantage of all that previously unused space.
Your mezzanine can be designed specifically for your warehouse and is easy to install and flexible to move or add to later. You can work with existing machinery and equipment to make the most efficient use of your space. Stairs, lift gates, and pallet drop zones can be added depending on how you are using the mezzanine. Mezzanine floors are the perfect way to add some extra space to your office, whether you need it for more room, shelving, or storage. The installation is simple and won’t disrupt your business at all – meaning there are no downtime or relocation costs necessary.
Mezzanine floors are a great way to make better use of the total floor area available in your premises. They can be made to be fireproof, with suspended ceilings and additional lighting, including anything else you might need. They can also come with pallet gates for easy loading and unloading, bespoke staircases, various barriers or handrails, and can be colour-coded to match your company’s colour scheme.
Why should you purchase a supply-only mezzanine?
Many businesses across the UK are looking for ways to save on their outgoings and to protect their staff and assets. At the same time, many businesses need to expand, and it can be challenging to weigh up the costs between having a mezzanine installed and increasing your business space whilst knowing that you are going to have to pay to have this addition. That’s why supply-only mezzanines offer you the best of both worlds. Increase your floor space and business capacity whilst you save on not having a mezzanine-qualified team onsite to install the mezzanine on your behalf.
Wait for installation
If you have found the perfect mezzanine solution for your business, you may be considering purchasing it now to avoid waiting in the future. However, if you don’t need the extra space now, or it will cause disruption to your working hours that you cannot afford to lose, choosing the supply-only mezzanines option will ensure you have your mezzanine parts onsite when you need it without having your installation completed straight away.
Future proof your business
Similarly to our first point, businesses are trying to save money whilst trying to expand their businesses. If you know you are likely to need that extra space in the future, why not safeguard your business now and purchase your mezzanine whilst you have the funds available – even if you don’t require the extra space? Simply store your mezzanine materials safely until you need them and future-proof your business.
Receive all the benefits of a traditional mezzanine
A supply-only mezzanine is no different to a traditional supply-and-fit mezzanine – you just don’t have the workmen on site to erect it on your behalf. Your business will still reap all the rewards of a mezzanine without the expense and time taken for a team to install the mezzanine on your behalf!
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Get your supply-only mezzanine from Mezz One today
If you are looking for supply-only mezzanines, Mezz One is here to support you! Not only do we install bespoke and high-quality mezzanines for various companies around the UK, but we are also able to provide you with high-quality mezzanine materials so you can install your extra floor space at a time that’s convenient for you.
There are a few things we would need to know before designing your mezzanine. First, how will you be using the space? What will you be storing on it? We would also need to know the type of equipment you will be using. All of this is necessary to make sure the mezzanine is as safe as possible and has the right load rating.
For more information or to purchase a supply-only mezzanine from us, get in touch today and speak to a helpful member of our team.
Mezzanine building regulations explained
Installing a mezzanine floor in your current place of work isn’t as simple as adding an additional floor to your space. There are strict mezzanine building regulations that have to be adhered to in order to ensure your new space is safe to work with, not just for you but for staff, visitors and potentially members of the public.
If you need to expand your current building space but aren’t sure what building regulations your project will have to comply with, Mezz One provides all the information you need to know in this handy guide.
What mezzanine building regulations do you have to adhere to?
Mezzanine Building Regulations Part A – Structural Safety
The structural integrity of the mezzanine must be verified, and all associated structural calculations must be provided. Mezzanine floors are designed using a software package that calculates the loadings of the floor, ensuring that no weight limits are exceeded. The calculations are created based on the requirements of the floor, such as the column layout, floor levels, and the weight load that the floor will be subjected to.
When constructing a mezzanine, it’s important to confirm that the warehouse slab can support the weight of the mezzanine columns and base plates. We achieve this by confirming the capabilities of your slab in comparison to loads of the columns.
Part B – Fire Safety
Structural fire protection
Mezzanine structures need to be protected from fire with materials like suspended ceilings, column cases, and fascia. Without these, the structure would be at risk of collapsing in a fire.
The only structures that are potentially exempt from requiring fire protection are storage mezzanine floors that meet all of the following parameters:
- Does not exceed 50% of the building’s footprint
- Does not exceed 400no. square metres in size
- Does not exceed more than 20 metres in any direction
- Will not have operatives working on or below the floor
- Will only be used for storage with limited access
All other floors will require fire protection, irrespective of use.
If you are planning an office mezzanine and this takes up over 20% of your floor space, fire-resistant materials must be installed between the office location and the remainder of your building. Fire-resistant partitions, suspended ceilings and doors can help to achieve this.
Detectors and lighting
Mezzanine building regulations state that mezzanines must have smoke detectors installed underneath the floor according to regulations. The number of detectors required depends on the size and usage of the floor. Your detectors will be connected to the main alarm system alerting all onsite to the potential danger and promoting an evacuation. Your mezzanine will also need emergency lighting to support a safe exit during a power outage.
The location of staircases
Mezzanine building regulations state that a specific staircase amount and their locations should also be adhered to. There are maximum travel distances that must not be exceeded. You need to be no more than a maximum of 25m to the bottom of the staircase at any time and no more than 45 metres to the final exit if there is more than one staircase. This rule is in place so that people have enough time to exit the building in an emergency situation.
If you exceed these numbers, you will need to include additional staircases. For office space mezzanines, the distance to the bottom of your staircase should be 18m. For office space or production areas, mezzanine building regulations require that at least one staircase is enclosed with fire protection materials.
Mezzanine Building Regulations Part K – Reducing the risk of falls
Mezzanine building regulations stipulate that all exposed edges of your mezzanine floor should have a handrail system installed to protect any users from the potential of falling. Warehouse mezzanines must include a top rail, middle rail and a kick plate, which will reduce the likelihood of objects falling to the floor below. If you plan to use your mezzanine floor for members of the public, your handrails must be safe for children to use, and the handrail must have no gaps.
For companies planning to use their mezzanine floors for loading and unloading materials or stock, mezzanine building regulations state that you must have a consistent edge between the employee and the edge of the mezzanine floor. Having pallet gates installed will provide protection for staff who are loading and unloading material or stock.
Part M – Accessing and using your building
Your building should be accessible to all, including the elderly, wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties. This means your mezzanine should be designed with this in mind. This building regulation is more aimed at mezzanine floors that will require access at all times – offices – rather than storage floors.
Depending on its purpose, building control usually has a few guidelines in place dictating how a staircase should be designed. If your staircase will be used in an industrial environment, the rise of each tread should be between 150mm-170mm and the tread will measure between 250mm-400mm. Additionally, the staircase’s width is typically supposed to be between 800mm and 1000mm. Another guideline states that there should be a landing present after every 12 risers; however, this number could be extended to 16 risers in cases where the property doesn’t have enough space. In such instances, it’s also necessary for the risers to be closed.
If your staircase accesses an office mezzanine, the staircase must be 1200mm wide with no more than 12 risers before a landing is required. The staircase is designed to be wider to help pass on the stairs, and risers will need to be closed in for this staircase.
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Build your safe mezzanine with Mezz One today!
Our goal at Mezz One is to get you an idea of pricing as soon as possible, so you can see if the project is worth pursuing further. We can often do this after a brief survey and conversation. Once we have a budget set, we can then work on the design and give you an official quote. Working with an independent building control officer, we ensure your mezzanine design and installation meets all mezzanine building regulations leaving you with a safe floor to work with.
To get your mezzanine installation started today, give us a call and speak to a helpful member of the team who will be able to provide you with more information on how to get your quote started.
Has your mezzanine level reached the end of its use?
The introduction of mezzanine levels into various industries has been revolutionary in terms of expanding space whilst having the luxury of staying in your original building and not having to deal with costly expansion prices or rising building rates. But what do you do when you no longer need your mezzanine level? Whether you are closing your business, taking a different route or moving to an alternative location where your mezzanine cannot follow, it can seem like a real challenge not knowing what to do with your floor.
This month, Mezz One looks at what to do with your mezzanine level when you no longer need it and why dismantling your mezzanine is a legal obligation you owe to your landlord. As a professional mezzanine strip-out team, Mezz One can take care of all the hard work for you and could even remove your mezzanine at no cost to you, leaving you free to spend your budget on moving your business or shutting up shop.
Dismantling your mezzanine with a professional strip-out team
Choosing to leave your mezzanine behind when you leave your premises can be a difficult decision to make and isn’t one to be taken lightly. Your mezzanine has been an excellent investment and has worked wonders for your business, but if you have no room for it where you are going, it seems pointless to try and take it anywhere. You may have the option to leave it behind, but in most cases, mainly if your premises are rented, you could face a fine from your landlord if they turn up to find you have left a tremendously big mezzanine behind! We would always advise dismantling your mezzanine to avoid any problematic discussions with your landlord and any fines that may come your way.
Hiring a professional team to take care of your mezzanine dismantling and removal is the safest and most cost-effective way of removing your floor. An experienced team will be much more efficient at handling the safe removal of your structure and, thanks to their knowledge and ability, will be able to get the job done in a couple of days. Using your current team to dismantle your mezzanine internally could be dangerous for several reasons. You could cause damage to the internal structure of your premises, resulting in a loss of money to your landlord, or you could be putting your staff in danger by asking them to complete a job they are not qualified to do.
When you choose to work with Mezz One, not only will we visit your site to dismantle your mezzanine, but if it’s in good condition and above 120sqm, we will even remove it free of charge! If your mezzanine is in poor condition or under 120sqm, only then will we charge you a nominal fee for removal. We offer an effective turnaround service, so if you are working to a tight deadline, we can ensure you dismantling your mezzanine is done on time and with little disruption to the other work you may have going on.
The advantages of dismantling your mezzanine with Mezz One
When you are preparing to relocate your business or have decided to move in a different direction, you want everything to go smoothly as you try to navigate the more challenging aspects of the move. Trying to keep your landlord, team and contractors happy can often feel like a juggling act, which is why Mezz One make it as simple as possible when dismantling your mezzanine. Take a look at some of the benefits of working with us on your safe mezzanine removal project:
Dismantling your mezzanine safely
Leaving it up to your staff or friends to dismantle your mezzanine could result in severe misjudgement errors that lead to building damage, accident or injury. Leave it up to a team of trained professionals in the safe strip out of mezzanines!
Efficient and effective strip-out service
It’s not often we come across a team not working to a tight deadline! If that sounds like you, we have you covered with our speedy turnaround from phone call to removal.
Conducted by an experienced team
Most importantly, our team are qualified to remove your mezzanine safely. They all have the proper training that is regularly kept up to date, and their experience, working on more than 250 warehouses and over 500 locations across the UK, means they are more than qualified to undertake the dismantling of your mezzanine in a way that is safe for your staff and the fabric of the building.
Free of charge if above 120Sqm
It’s such a reasonable offer; we have to say it twice! If your mezzanine is in good condition and above 120sqm, we will not charge you for our services in dismantling your mezzanine. That’s right; we will take it away completely free of charge with no hidden costs to find later.
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Contact Mezz One today for an efficient mezzanine strip-out service
Dismantle your mezzanine today with Mezz One. We offer a professional mezzanine strip-out service so that you can get rid of your unwanted mezzanine. Our professional team is experienced in dismantling mezzanines in commercial and domestic properties. If you’ve recently purchased new premises or are leaving an old one and want to remove your mezzanine, look no further than Mezz One! Whether you need a large mezzanine removed or you need a new mezzanine installed, our team is ready and waiting. With extensive experience in the industry, we can ensure your mezzanine is removed to the highest standard. We offer a speedy and efficient service, with highly competitive rates. Call Mezz One today for more information or to book our mezzanine strip-out service.
Create more space in your warehouse with a quality mezzanine
When your warehouse is bursting at the seams with inventory, you need to find ways to expand. But how? You might think about buying a new warehouse, but this is not always the most cost-effective solution. A better solution is a quality mezzanine level. Expanding your warehouse with a mezzanine can help your business grow without breaking the bank. A mezzanine is also a great way to make an underused area of your warehouse more efficient.
More space means you can store more products and provide your customers with a better experience. A mezzanine level can also be used to store overflow stock and create a buffer if a product is in high demand. A mezzanine level is a construction project that requires experience and expertise, and this is something that Mezz One will be able to support you with.
This month, we look at how you can maximise the warehouse space you currently have and how working with a team like Mezz One could provide you with a tremendous additional workspace, a return on your investment and a boost for your business!
Maximise your warehouse space with shelving
Warehouses are the best place to store your goods and keep them safe, which is why they are a considerable investment. But it’s not uncommon that warehouse space can be limited. If you’re looking to maximise your warehouse space, why not look at our mezzanine shelving? It’s a cost-effective way to expand your warehouse storage and maximise your warehouse space.
Not only is our mezzanine shelving easy to install, but it’s also an attractive option for your business. With our mezzanine shelving, you can store a wide range of items, including heavy equipment and products, which allows you to expand your warehouse space with the addition of just one mezzanine. Our mezzanine shelving is also safe as we only use high-quality materials that conform to the strict requirements of the Eurocodes, which are used by all European countries to ensure the safety of buildings.
The benefits of installing a quality mezzanine
There are a large number of options when it comes to building a mezzanine level, but a quality mezzanine will be one that can last you a long time and has easy-to-use features. As a general rule, a quality mezzanine should be able to support the maximum weight you expect to put on it and provide you with the most accessible possible access to it.
- Increase the square footage of your space
- Claim unused vertical storage space
- Expand your offices or production line
- Give your team more room to work with
- Increase the value of your warehouse
- Lose the potential costs that come with moving
It’s hard to imagine that a mezzanine can make life easier for your warehouse workers, but one that’s designed to be easily accessible will cut the time it takes to get on and off the mezzanine by half. In addition, a quality mezzanine will give you more space for your warehouse workers to move around and will be easier to clean. In fact, a quality mezzanine will improve the overall quality of life for your warehouse workers as it will provide your warehouse workers with a safe and secure place to work.
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Expand your space limits with Mezz One today
Whether you run a construction company, a retail store, or a warehouse, space limits are something you will have to deal with. Often, you can expand your space by purchasing land and building a new building, but if the business doesn’t have the funds for that, there are other options. One is to create a mezzanine. A mezzanine level is essentially a second floor or loft built on top of your existing building. Mezzanines are typically constructed to serve as storage space, so they’re perfect for warehouses, retail stores, and more. But that’s not all mezzanines can be used for. We’ve seen them built into bars, used in a classroom setting, and even in a home!
Mezzanine solutions can be extremely helpful for companies that need to maximise the space of their warehouse. It’s common for warehouses to be lacking a lot of space, especially when it comes to storage space. A mezzanine level can be the answer to your space needs. With Mezz One, you will be able to use all the space you paid for. Don’t let your warehouse space hold you back from growing your business. You’ll have more room to stock your products with a quality mezzanine level, which could mean more income.
Grow your retail business with additional mezzanine-level space
Retail is a sector in which business owners can make a great deal of profit. Most retail stores have limited space and therefore require extra mezzanine level space. If your retail business is growing fast and you seem to be running out of room quickly, it may be time to consider how you can get more space whilst staying in the same location.
This is where commercial mezzanine levels can come in handy. Adding an additional level to your existing building can almost double the space you have available and provide you with the room you need to rehouse products, staff or storage items. Whether you want to create another level to your building to invite customers up to, or you would prefer to rehome your surplus stock, office staff and kitchen/toilets, mezzanine levels are a great solution to the space challenges you are currently facing.
Racking and shelving with storage mezzanine levels
Mezzanine floors are often used in commercial buildings to create extra storage space. A very common use for mezzanine levels is to construct racking and shelving units where surplus stock, paperwork, archiving, and other business items can be held safely, out of sight of any visitors you may have come into the building. Additional levels are a great addition to your facility as you can keep them completely private and only for staff use, or you can open them up to the general public if you have products or services on show.
The benefit of adding a mezzanine level into your building is your newfound ability to keep your surplus items organised. When our paperwork and surplus products are often kept in a small room or cupboard, they can quickly become disjointed, disorganised and cluttered. Avoid this situation by constructing a designated place in your building where you can keep items safely tucked away in their proper place. Hence, they are readily available at a minute’s notice when you need them.
Expanding your office space with mezzanine levels
During the pandemic, many of us worked from home and employers were forced to downsize offices to keep up with paying building rates and other associated costs. As more employees return to work, you may find your office filling with bodies more quickly than usual; worse still, you may run out of room! Adding a mezzanine level to your new office space not only gives you more room to sit your staff comfortably, but you are generally not subject to higher building rates as the level is built within your existing structure.
If you need to use your ground floor level for a production line and your current offices are taking up too much space, you may want to think about installing a mezzanine level to place the admin team so that the production team can have more space. Mezzanine levels designed and installed by Mezz One are guaranteed to give your team a safe and productive space to work in for the foreseeable future.
Create your perfect production line with a mezzanine level
It’s incredible how quickly a busy production line can take up the whole of your building space, leaving no room for others and, eventually, no room to finish your products before sending them out for distribution. Why not break up your production line and add a mezzanine level that will boost your space and give your team a more extensive area to work with? Mezzanine levels are capable of withstanding enormous weights thanks to their materials and the way they are built.
Mezzanine levels from Mezz One are only ever of the highest quality, built to the required standards set by UK law and ready to stand the test of time. Our design team plans your perfect mezzanine floor in-house, and an appropriate external inspector signs off all work at every stage. Our team will work with you from the beginning of your project right through to providing aftercare and general support after your mezzanine has been installed and is in use.
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Mezz One can design and install your mezzanine levels for your needs.
Our mezzanine services attempt to meet the growing demand of businesses needing to improve the space they have available, either to grow or simply to create additional space. Mezz One is a company committed to providing its clients with the highest service and products. The company has a range of different services on offer and has an experienced design service, as well as a bespoke, dismantle and relocation service, making it a one-stop shop for all mezzanine level needs.
If you are running out of space in your business location but are not ready to jump into a more significant building with higher rates, get in touch with Mezz One today and tell us about our mezzanine design and installation services.
Why should you install a car showroom mezzanine this year?
When your clients walk into your car showroom, you want them to be blown away by the beautiful car choices you have on offer. As soon as they enter the building, they should be dazzled with the latest in your car stock and have the space to wander unhindered through your models to find the perfect one. However, if your clients are trying to walk between various office desks and admin piles, you won’t be giving them the best customer experience. If this sounds like your building, you might be considering how a car showroom mezzanine could help your business this year.
Installing a car showroom mezzanine in your space will leave you with the extra room you need to move your offices and administration to a personal level, so you can use the ground floor to invite your clients in and show them the latest in which cars you have to offer. Not only will you have more room for your beautiful cars, but you will also be able to create a designated space for your clients to sit and have a coffee, charge their phones and have a relaxed discussion with one of your sales team.
Mezzanine levels offer extra space within your existing building
One of the main benefits a car showroom mezzanine level can offer is to increase the floor space within your existing building. Mezzanine levels are built internally using the area above your ground floor. If you have high ceilings in your showroom and keep looking at the wasted space, a mezzanine level could be the perfect answer for you. Mezzanine levels are ideal for creating new office and storage space so you can focus on the gleaming showroom downstairs. Renovating your existing building will add value to your property and eliminate the need to relocate to a larger unit.
Installing a car showroom mezzanine is possibly more straightforward than you may initially think. Generally, planning permission is only required when you are increasing your retail space by more than 200sqm or if your installation is going to require amendments to be made to the exterior of the unit. If you are not sure whether you need planning permission to install a car showroom mezzanine, the Mezz One team will support you by providing advice and guidance along the way, including assisting with any and all planning applications required.
The benefits of a car showroom mezzanine level
A mezzanine level is an excellent way of adding more space to your car showroom without the need to expand your building. This is especially useful if you’re in a unit that doesn’t allow for exterior expansion or you are unable to relocate. A mezzanine level is a platform that sits above your showroom floor and can be used for storage, office space, or an extra retail unit. A mezzanine expansion can be accessed by a staircase. There are many benefits of having a car showroom mezzanine level:
- An accessible storage area to store extra stock and materials, especially when you don’t have much room for storage.
- Private space for your administration staff to work from and protect confidential files – a must for a commercial showroom.
- Space expansion allows you to focus on bringing a wider variety of car models into your showroom.
- Adapt a private meeting room space where you can hold your team meetings and discuss KPIs.
- Bring more light into your showroom by opening up the previous office space and letting in natural light.
- A larger ground floor space where you can focus on creating merchandise stands and client facing coffee areas.
Ultimately, the most significant benefit for your car business is that when you install a car showroom mezzanine, you will be saving money whilst expanding your space. Increasing your current unit’s square footage will always be more cost-effective than relocating to a bigger unit.
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Mezz One is the qualified mezzanine team for your showroom installation
If you are a car dealer, you are well aware of the importance of a car showroom. A car showroom is the presentation of your brand and how it is perceived in the market. It is the first place that your customers see your brand and its products. You want to impress them with your showroom and make them want to buy your products. The first thing that the customers notice when they enter a car showroom is the entrance. You can use the opening to make a statement that says a lot about your brand. A suitable car showroom mezzanine will be an attractive feature of your showroom and will make a positive statement to your customers.
At Mezz One, we understand how important your showroom is to you, and that’s why we always provide our clients with cost-effective, high-quality services to increase your floor space. Our qualified mezz installation teams have worked on various commercial and private projects to increase square footage and leave clients with a refreshed working space to expand their offerings. If you are considering installing a car showroom mezzanine in 2022, or you would like some more information about what the process involves, give our reliable team a call today and get your mezzanine questions answered.
How does the mezzanine floor process begin?
At Mezz One, you start your mezzanine process by simply giving us a call or dropping us an email. Once you have made contact, we will be in touch to find out all the relevant information we need to begin designing and planning your mezz floor. If you know exactly what you are looking for and what dimensions you need, this is great – be sure to include all the information you think is relevant when you contact us. Our office team will design your floor according to your requirements and send you back the plans so you can confirm you are happy before we proceed.
Will a project manager be overseeing the project?
Every project we undertake at Mezz One is overseen by a project manager or lead who is answerable to the director. By having a project manager, we can ensure that quality control and safety measures are in place throughout the project. You have a single point of contact with whom you can discuss any concerns or queries along the way. The project managers at Mezz One take their roles very seriously and are there to make sure your project runs smoothly from start to finish.
How disruptive is a mezz floor installation?
Mezzanine floor installations are minimal in terms of disruption compared to other expansion projects. However, you must expect some disruption during your project. This will depend on the type of installation you have and where your installation is taking place. If, for example, the mezz team are in your main workshop, they will need access to the whole floor to complete the project safely and effectively. This could mean a level of disruption to your team, and you may need to move them elsewhere whilst the project is underway. At Mezz One, we take every step to ensure the disruptions are kept to a minimum, and we will work with you to find the best solution so your team can carry on working.
What building regulations are standard for a mezzanine floor?
Your mezzanine level will require an application to the building control body before starting any work. The application can be sent to either your local authority or a privately approved inspector. Mezz One will advise and support the BCB application for you. We will provide any drawings and calculations needed to gain approval from the BCB.
Generally speaking, mezzanine levels require strict regulations in the form of:
A – Structure
B – Fire safety
K – Protection from falling, collision and impact
M – Access to and use of buildings
We will support you with each of these standards and any other that may be applicable during your design and application process.
How quickly can you complete the mezzanine level project?
This question very much depends on the work we are carrying out, the size of the project and our access limitations. Your project manager will ensure that time frames are followed, and if we plan to be with you longer than initially agreed, we will discuss this with you ahead of time. We will ensure that all work is completed safely and effectively, but a mezzanine project cannot be rushed due to the build’s safety aspects.
What experience does the mezzanine team have?
The team at Mezz One has varying levels of experience in the mezzanine and construction industry. All our staff carry out regular training, including health and safety. All have worked on a considerable variety of mezzanine installations throughout their careers – from installing to dismantling and relocating. Our team take great pride in their work and being able to offer you a permanent, safe solution to your space expansion needs.
Do you offer aftercare support once the mezzanine floor has been installed?
Many of our clients at Mezz One are repeat clients, not just because of the level of service we offer at the beginning of your project but because of the support we provide after finishing your installation and leaving your site. We are here for all your queries and questions after having your mezzanine safely installed and will be happy to answer any questions you have. If you have a problem with your installation or you need one of us to visit to look at something, give us a call.
Will the project be signed off by a qualified person?
Once a mezzanine has been safely installed, an approved external person must sign off before it can be deemed safe to use. You will be provided with an inspection document to confirm your mezzanine is signed off and secure to use. This same approved inspector will also see the drawings before the installation starts, and they will pay a visit to the site to check the mezzanine meets all expectations.
What specifications do you need from me to start the process?
When deciding whether you would benefit from a mezzanine installation, there are two routes you can take. Either you know exactly what you are looking for and have measurements ready to give us, or you just know you need to expand but would like support in doing so. Booking a discovery call with Mezz One will provide you with everything you need to know and what we will need from you to carry out your design process. A member of the team may be able to visit your site so you can discuss your requirements firsthand and we can understand your space and needs before we continue.
Is planning permission needed for a mezzanine floor?
Generally speaking, planning permission is often not required for a mezzanine floor installation. However, this is subject to a few points. If you are looking to expand your floor space by more than 200sqm, or your plans will change the exterior of your building, you will need planning permission before continuing. You may also need planning permission if your building usage changes because of your flooring addition. Mezz One will be able to advise you further as to whether you need planning permission once we understand your needs and expectations.
Why mezzanine safety should always be your priority
Whilst mezzanine levels can offer a great addition to the floor space in your commercial building, failure to construct or use them safely could result in severe injury and even death. According to the HSE, falls from a height were the most common reason for fatal accidents in the workplace during 2018/2019. The total number of deaths was 40, increasing from the year before. With those working at height being at an increased level of risk, it’s imperative that your mezzanine levels are safely installed and maintained to protect your staff and visitors from falls. Mezzanine safety can be supported by a dynamic risk assessment.
Mezzanines are often used by businesses with a commercial workspace that would prefer to expand rather than relocate. These levels bring many benefits to companies and can often increase profits and staffing levels thanks to a considerable increase in square footage. Your mezzanine installation should always be safely installed by a team of qualified professionals and signed off by an approved inspector before being used.
A dynamic risk assessment should be part of your daily routine
Before we look at why you should be incorporating dynamic risk assessments surrounding your mezzanine floor, let’s look at the difference between risk assessments and dynamic risk assessments.
Risk assessment definition
According to the HSE, you have a legal duty to assess the risks to the health and safety of your employees and those not in your employment who are exposed while they are in your workplace. You should consult your employees and speak with your health and safety representatives. They know the risks involved with their roles and can scope for potentially dangerous shortcuts that should be avoided. Formal consultation is not needed before every task-specific assessment, but consultation should be a part of your general risk assessment process.
Dynamic risk assessment definition
A dynamic risk assessment differs from the above because it must continually observe and analyse risks and hazards in a changing or high-risk environment. This allows workers to identify new risks and remove them quickly. A staff member can undertake a dynamic risk assessment daily when starting a new task or during the task process.
A dynamic risk assessment of your mezzanine is imperative for the continued safety of your staff and any visitors. Depending on what you are using your level for, you may be managing heavy loads, moving products from the mezzanine to the ground floor or simply spending a lot of time up on the mezzanine floor carrying out daily tasks.
Your dynamic risk assessment should always follow your primary risk assessment. Risk assessments should be kept on file and updated regularly or when there are any changes or injuries to reduce further and prevent accidents. Dynamic risk assessments are often done immediately and in your mind to mentally calculate any risks and mitigate them. These should be based on thorough risk assessments previously completed.
What should be included in your dynamic risk assessment?
When carrying out a dynamic risk assessment of your mezzanine, there are five key things to consider:
Identify your hazards – is there anything that could cause an accident or injury?
Decide who might be harmed – do you have colleagues working below you, or is the risk just to yourself?
Evaluate your risks and take action – understand the risks involved in the task you need to carry out. Is there anything you need to change to eliminate the risks?
Record your findings – ensure you write down what you have found and what steps you took to prevent any accidents from occurring – this should complement your primary risk assessment.
Review your primary risk assessment – if you have found that changes need to be made to continue working safely, your primary risk assessment should be amended to reflect the changes.
Carrying out a dynamic risk assessment has many benefits, not only to staff members directly involved but to other colleagues, visitors and the business reputation. These risk assessments will help you take a proactive approach to safety in the workplace. They will allow your staff to feel more confident both in their environment and ability to assess situations.
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Mezz One, always have your mezzanine safety as a priority
The height and size of a mezzanine can make the difference in how safe it is. If a mezzanine is too large for the area, it can cause structural and safety issues. This can result in serious injuries if the floor or mezzanine collapses, so it’s essential to ensure you have your mezzanine safety addressed before getting started. It’s vital to have your mezzanine designed and installed by a professional, which will ensure your mezzanine meets the necessary safety standards.
At Mezz One, we take your mezzanine installation seriously. Your safety is our top priority, so when we first visit your site, we will carry out risk assessments that allow your mezzanine’s safe construction and installation. Our risk assessments are always presented to you along with other documentation you will need to use your mezzanine effectively after it’s been installed. If you are looking for a safe mezzanine installation in 2022, speak to the Mezz One team today.
Are you moving business premises in 2022?
If your business is multiplying, there will undoubtedly come a time when you need to consider expanding to a larger building to offer the best service to your clients. If you have already installed a mezzanine floor on your current premises, you will be able to delay this costly move, but it may still be in your mind for the future.
It can be difficult to imagine when or where you may have to relocate, and if you have a mezzanine level you have invested in, logistics could be a little more challenging. That’s why Mezz One offers effective dismantling and relocating services, so you can be sure that you don’t leave your mezzanine level behind wherever you move to.
This month, the Mezz One team looks at considerations before relocating your mezzanine floor and how we could remove the stress and worry for you by taking this project on your behalf.
Relocating your mezzanine floor to save on costs
One of the huge benefits many businesses find when installing a mezzanine level is that the structure is entirely flexible. If you need to move to a larger building to contain your expanding business, you don’t have to leave your mezzanine floor behind. Relocating your mezzanine floor couldn’t be easier when you work with a reputable company like Mezz One, which will handle all your mezzanine relocation logistics. This makes investing in a mezzanine level an actual cost-effective exercise for your growing company.
When you work with Mezz One, you can have peace of mind that our team will ensure your mezzanine relocation goes smoothly. By discussing the logistics and adaptations with you beforehand, when we come to the physical side of dismantling your mezzanine level, we will already be confident in the adjustments that need to be made and where your new floor will be relocated to. Our vast experience means that your mezzanine floor will be in safe hands from the moment we arrive on-site until after we finish installing it in your new location.
Considerations before dismantling and relocating your mezzanine floor
Mezzanine levels are often the most sensible and cost-effective way to grow your business. Delay the costs of relocating to larger premises and expanding your storage area by placing an extra level in the space above your head! However, we know that there will come a time when even with your mezzanine level, you are running out of room to house your staff and provide a safe and practical area to work. When the time has come for you to move, consider the below points before you sign on the dotted line.
The size of your new building
The chances are, if you are looking to expand your space further, your new building will be larger than your original. As your mezzanine level is a free-standing structure that does not affect your external walls (unless you have requested this), then your mezzanine level will fit in your space with potentially only a few adjustments. Ensure you have the measurements of your new premises to hand when speaking to Mezz One, and we can make sure your mezzanine level fits.
Placement of your mezzanine level
Where will you place your mezzanine level when you get to your new location? Special consideration must be taken for the space in your new site and whether your mezzanine level will fit safely and effectively in the area you have. Your mezz team at Mezz One will be able to guide you throughout the process and ensure that your mezzanine level continues to be a safe and effective space enhancer for your location.
Special adaptations to your mezzanine level
If your new building is designed differently from your original space, your mezzanine level may need to be lengthened/shortened to fit. This is relatively straightforward and requires little effort from your end. Your Mezz One team will support you by discussing any and all adaptations that need to be made to your existing mezzanine level.
The layout of your new premises
As a mezzanine level is so flexible, you may want to consider using your floor for something else when you relocate it to your new space. If it was previously used as extra office space, you might consider relocating your packaging line or storage area to your new location. Your trusted mezzanine team will be able to advise you of the best uses for your mezzanine level, including any weight restrictions or adjustments that may need to be made to ensure you can continue to use your level safely.
Logistics of relocating your mezzanine floor
Now comes the fun part! Once you are happy that your existing mezzanine floor will fit your new space, it’s time to dismantle your flooring and relocate it to your new location. Mezz One prides itself in dismantling and relocating mezzanine floors safely, effectively, and efficiently. We will take over all the logistics of your moving project, and the team will dismantle your floor before moving it to your new premises and installing it there. From here, it will be signed off by an approved inspector as being safe to use – much like when it was initially installed.
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Mezz One can support you to expand your new premises this year
If you are looking for a way to increase your existing workspace, you may be completely forgetting about the space right above you! Installing a mezzanine level in your current workspace is not only a cost-effective solution to expansion, but it is an investment that you could take to new premises in the future. When you work with Mezz One, you can feel confident that you have an experienced team who can dismantle and relocate your mezzanine floor for you, so you can get on with relocating the rest of your business.
Whether you are looking to install a mezzanine for the first time or need support moving your premises, the Mezz One team is here to support you. Just give us a call or complete our online quote form, and one of the team will be in touch with you very soon.