Advantages of mezzanine floors
Updated: Feb 28
ADVANTAGES OF MEZZANINE FLOORS
Business is going well and that industrial warehouse or showroom that you rent just isn’t cutting it anymore. You need more space, but the thought of relocating doesn’t sit right and neither does the thought of increasing what you are already forking out on rent and business rates. In this case planning a mezzanine floor could be your perfect solution.
WHAT IS A MEZZANINE FLOOR?
A mezzanine floor doesn’t count towards the total number of floors in a building. It sits in between floors and usually extends out rather like a balcony.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A MEZZANINE FLOOR
NEED SPACE QUICKLY? mezzanine floors do not usually require planning permission which reduces the time to add this valuable space.
AGILE- mezzanine floors are freestanding so they can be dismantled and relocated with more ease than a regular floor
INEXPENSIVE – when compared with other options, the cost of installing a mezzanine floor could contribute towards a capital saving that could be used elsewhere in the business.
BUSINESS RATES – mezzanine floors can be exempt from business rates. A further financial reason for this space solution
MAXIMISE ON SPACE – without relocating, a mezzanine floor will increase your square meterage of floor space allowing you to do more, employ more staff and take on more work.
NEED STORAGE? A mezzanine floor is a quick, cost efficient way to gain storage space without needing to hire external premises or relocating
NO NEED TO RELOCATE – this speaks for itself really. A mezzanine floor eliminates any need to move, change address, pay for removals etc. An obvious and clear benefit.
KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PLANNING A MEZZANINE FLOOR
VERTICAL ASPECT OF BUILDING – the building must be high enough to allow a mezzanine floor to be installed with adequate head room for staff and furniture. Conversely, if the building has ample height, more than 1 mezzanine floor could be considered.
OTHER AREAS OF THE BUILDING – it is crucial to consider where the support columns will go for a mezzanine floor in relation to floors underneath the mezzanine and any potential furniture or machinery that may be in the way. Consider and potential reorganising that may need to be factored into the project prior to starting.
PLANNING PERMISSION – this is not always as clear cut as it may seem. Under certain circumstances, planning permission may be required to install a mezzanine floor. For example:
· The mezzanine will increase the floor space when previous applications to develop the site were declined
· External alterations are required
· The extra space is to be used for office space
· The extra space is for retail use and is greater than 200sq. metres.
BUILDING REGULATIONS – Although planning permission may not be required, mezzanine floors are subject to certain building regulations, in particular:
· Part A – structural safety
· Part B – fire safety
· Part K – protection from falling
· Part M – access to and use of buildings
In conclusion a mezzanine floor is a cost effective and versatile solution to expand the useable area of any commercial (or even domestic) property. It should provide extra floor space with minimal disruption to the business. It will require proper consideration and planning prior to starting the build but once complete will extend the occupancy of that premises by a company for as long as is feasible.