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Purpose built office mezzanine floor If you’re looking to improve the organisation and efficiency or your work environment but struggle with space, it might be time you considered Mezzanine Flooring.

Whilst a fantastic solution for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and retail premises there are a number of regulation and health and safety practices both employers and employees should be aware of.

We’ve discussed these below, so read on for more information or contact our specialist team for your mezzanine flooring.

Why Consider Mezzanine Flooring?

A little cramped for space? Struggle to find inventory and stock at the snap of a finger? If so, its time you invested some thought into reorganising your warehouse or other commercial property.

Think of it like this; would you really expect an office employee to work productively and efficiently if their desk was piled high with papers, accessories, and folders? No.

Equally, you and your employees can’t run efficiently if the organisation and planning behind the scenes isn’t optimised to allow staff to do so. Quality mezzanine floors can benefit you in a number of ways including:

  • Maximise and more efficiently manage factories and warehouses
  • Avoid the hassle and expense of extension or relocation
  • Make better use of redundant space
  • A cost effective solution that can be designed to meet your specific requirements
  • Easily installed with minimal disruption

Working at Height

According to the Health and Safety Executive falls from height contribute as a significant cause of injury. Whether risks from low height or the more obvious risk of falling from a distance, mezzanine flooring is a common area of concern.

As such, employers should take this seriously and assess their workplace, workforce, and the procedures in place. Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others but it is ultimately down to you as the employer to ensure everyone complies with Health and Safety duties which generally include:

  • Must ensure that handrails are installed as well as a toe board around mezzanine floors where people are working
  • Must ensure that mezzanine floors are regularly inspected and properly maintained
  • Employers have a responsibility to identify, assess, and properly control the risks of working at height
  • All work at height must be properly planned and organised
  • All employees must be properly trained and competent
  • Risks must be regularly assessed and appropriated for the equipment provided

 Our Mezzanine Solutions

The team at Bristol Storage have more than 40 years of experience in the industry with a specialist team who can supply, fit, and design mezzanine flooring for your premises.

So, whether you’re looking for extra-storage, mezzanine floors for offices, or multi-tier mezzanine flooring we can help.

Interested? Give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information on how to maximise space for your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Case Study: Danbury Motorcaravans

Location: Bristol

Products: Mezzanine Floor & Steel Partitioning

Mezzanine Floor Example - Danbury Caravans

A bit about the Client…

Danbury Motor caravans are world renowned for their conversions of beautiful retro style VW T2's, the multi-purpose VW T5 and VW Caddy's.

With a 40,000 square foot factory in Bristol, this long established business chose Bristol Storage to fit out their warehouse and production facility with a storage mezzanine system and a single-skin steel partition screen.

Mezzanine Floor for Storage

The project required Bristol Storage to design, supply and install a mezzanine floor with fire rating and building regulations approval.

Working closely with the client to find the best solution, Bristol Storage provided a detailed quote and drawing.

This enabled the client to make a fully informed decision.

Installation took just 3 days.

Specification:
  • Number of Tiers:          1
  • Floor Size:                    19m x 17m
  • Area per Tier:               317m²
  • Floor Height:                3.6m to underside, 4.8m to top
  • Key Features:              Handrail & Kickplate, 2 staircases, 1 Pallet Gate, 1hr Fire Rating with Suspended Ceiling

Mezzanine Gallery

 

Single Skin Partition for Dividing Wall

A steel partition was required to create a dividing wall between two areas of the showroom.

The partitioning was finished in a ‘gleaming white’ in-keeping with the pristine Danbury showroom.

Technical drawings of the system were issued and once approved by the client, we could start work!

The 19m long x 3.5m high partition was installed in just one day with minimum disruption.

Completion

This project was completed within budget and on time.

This allowed Danbury to push on with their expansion plans ahead of the New Year.

The client was delighted with the project and we were then asked to provide a solution for a tyre storage racking solution in the newly refurbished workshop.

Take a look our mezzanine floors page for more information or call us on 0117 955 5211 for a free quote.

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Mezzanine Halloween Horrors

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October is the month of pumpkins, witches, ghostly ghouls and all things that scare the living daylights out of us. Love it or hate it, Halloween is looming and as children and adults look forward to dressing up and giving their neighbours a fright night, we thought we’d take a look at the story of Halloween and where it all started.

We’ve also come across a recent article detailing the potential horror that can occur in the workplace, not just at Halloween, but all year round. Therefore we thought it best to help you avoid living your own horror stories with a few safety guidelines in regards to Mezzanine Flooring.

Trick or Treat

Most Halloween traditions are thought to hark back to the ancient Celtic day of the dead and there is a history or story behind many of the mysterious customs we take part in.

Perhaps the most popular aspect of Halloween is dressing up and going door to door to ‘trick or treat’. This practice can be traced right back to the first few centuries of the Christian era. It was thought that the souls of the dead were roaming around along with ghosts, witches and demons, so people left out food and drink to placate them. Centuries later, people began dressing like these scary creatures, performing tricks in return for food and drink.

And what about carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples? Even this seems to have come from Samhain, which is a very important date in the Pagan calendar, marking the Feast of the Dead.

But it’s not just the tradition of Halloween that conjures up some scary stories. We’ve heard some terrifying tales from our own industry.

How to avoid a mezzanine horror story

Mezzanine flooring solutions are becoming increasingly popular. It’s a quick and cost effective way for businesses to increase their retail, warehouse, production or office space without the upheaval of moving locations or embarking on a substantial building programme.

Scary PumpkinHere at Bristol Storage we’ve been designing and building mezzanine floors for awide range of commercial uses for many years. Each one is an individually tailored design which takes into account our clients’ precise requirements as well as on-site conditions, building regulations, safety and access.

However, not all mezzanines are built and maintained to our exacting standards. In fact some of them are real horrors.

According to one report, a tissue manufacturer was fined £10,000 after a worker fell through a mezzanine floor, six meters above the ground. The accident happened as the 39 year old man was helping to hose down machinery during a two-week shutdown at the factory where he worked. Luckily, the man managed to cling to the hole he had fallen through and pull himself back up. Although he suffered bruising to his arms, chest and jaw, it could have been so much worse if he’d fallen onto the concrete floor below.

Following a safety at work investigation, the Health & Safety Executive found that the accident happened because a metal grating gave way as the man walked across the mezzanine floor. The company was liable because they didn’t have a suitable inspection and maintenance regime in place – despite it being in a humid area and susceptible to rust.

Thankfully, we can get to sleep at night without worrying about nightmares like this because all of our mezzanines are constructed from lightweight steel, with edge protection systems and moisture resistant decking as standard. We also supply mezzanine staircases and pallet gates designed with your employees’ safety in mind. In fact we’re one of only 20 companies nationwide to be given the SEMA seal of approval.

High standards

So here at Bristol Storage, we do all we can to ensure the highest levels of safety but there is also plenty that employers can do to ensure a safe working environment for their employees who work at height – indeed, many of these are a legal requirement.

  • All employers must ensure that handrails (top and mid rail) are installed as well as a toe board around mezzanine floors where people are working or need to access as part of their work. Similarly, these need to be provided on storage areas above offices which employees need to access.
  • All employers must ensure mezzanine floors are regularly inspected and properly maintained.
  • All employers have a responsibility to identify, assess and properly control the risks of working at height.
  • All work at height must be properly planned and organised.
  • Employees working at height must be properly trained and competent.
  • The risks from working at height must be regularly assessed and appropriate work equipment provided.
  • The risks from fragile surfaces need to be properly controlled.
  • All equipment must be properly inspected and maintained.

If you’re an employer, it’s your responsibility to consider if your employees are at risk from working at height and if necessary, put steps in place to manage these risks. After all, everyone deserves a safe working environment. If you want to find out more, you can download this handy step-by-step guide, produced by the Health & Safety Executive.

Get In Touch

We hope you all have fun this Halloween. If you’re thinking about maximising your space by installing a mezzanine floor, avoid any of the horrors by letting us handle everything for you. Just give us a call on 01179 555 211 and have a chat with our experienced and knowledgeable team.

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SEMA Seal of Approval for Bristol StorageThis month Bristol Storage Equipment Ltd are very pleased to announced that we have qualified as a member of the SEMA distributor group; The British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry.

Despite always ensuring that we comply with the latest standards of SEMA guidelines this recognition is a fantastic achievement and just another reason that our customers can rest assured that all our products and services are of the greatest quality.

As always, the Bristol Storage installation teams are SEIRS registered and all work that is carried out runs in accordance with the SEMA Codes of Practice. Every member of SEMA has achieved or is committed to achieving certification BS EN ISO 9000 in interface with a Quality Assessment Schedule (QAS 2000) which deals with the specific requirements of design, manufacture and installation of the principal products supplied by the Association members.

Who Are SEMA?

We don’t like to brag, well maybe we do a little, but it isn’t easy to get accreditation from SEMA and there are currently only a handful of businesses who hold it nationwide. Companies must have been in business for a minimum of 2 years and hold a distributorship from a recognised manufacturer of storage equipment.

This is all very well, but who are SEMA we hear you ask? Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) are an organisation committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members. Their seal of approval not only benefits customers but the industry, through the distribution of technical advice and information on trading opportunities.

SEMA have established codes of practice that must be adhered to in order to conform to the latest health and safety regulations in relation to the installation of racking, shelving and all other forms of storage equipment. SEMA guidelines also cover product design and health and safety legislation. Ensuring that standards are adopted by public and professional bodies in accordance with the interest of the industry, it is crucial that your storage system is built to meet such requirements.

Rigorous Qualifying Criteria & Independent Audits

Here at Bristol Storage Equipment we've had to demonstrate a high level of commitment to safety standards and ensure that we adhere to industry codes of practice. But did you know that members must commit to a random audit of their work in order to be accredited? What better way to truly ensure great products, installation and service than knowing a company has been professionally and independently audited, and at random too. And the whole process that is audited, from quotation to sign-off.

What Are The Benefits?

As mentioned previously SEMA ensures the provision of quality products and system as well as a systematic and well-managed delivery. Below are just a few of SEMA seal of approval benefits for our customers:

  • Products are designed and tested to recognised and approved standards
  • Consistent level of product quality and supply.
  • Quality storage equipment products and systems that meet customer requirements
  • Products are designed, manufactured and installed in accordance with a system that is subject to a 3rd party assessment.
  • Storage products designed, manufactured and installed in accordance with recognised safety standards.
  • Increased customer/operator confidence in products and systems supplied

Bristol Storage Inspection

Bristol Storage are leading inspectors of pallet racking and mezzanine flooring within Bristol and the South West. We understand the importance of keeping your pallet racking and shelving maintenance up to scratch and that the safety of your stock and personal are of the utmost importance.

Regular inspection can help reduce both insurance premiums and maintenance costs. Inspection can also induce investigations into the cause of any damage to racking which can result in improved operating methods and reduced maintenance costs. Our team recommends the Annual Pallet Racking Health Check to ensure your pallet racking meets the current health and safety regulations as well as the SEMA codes and guidelines.

Even more, the Bristol Storage installation teams are all SEIRS registered. The Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme (SEIRS) is one of the most important measure brought in by SEMA. The industry specific training programme has been designed by industry professionals in order to train installation teams in line with the SEMA installation guidelines and codes of practice. It is highly recommended that any installation, relocation or removal of storage equipment is carried out by a SEIRS qualified installer which ultimately ensures the safety of your warehouse storage equipment in adherence with SEMA guidelines.

Get in Touch

Now that you know Bristol Storage are qualified members of the SEMA distributor group, what better time to get in touch. With many years of industry experience and a track record of delivering quality warehouse racking systems and mezzanine flooring the team at Bristol Storage can help. Just give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information and advice.

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The Easter Bunny To Visit Bristol Storage

We love Easter.FREE Egg with Every Online Order

 

Apart from Christmas it is the only time of year when it is completely acceptable to eat our body weight in egg shape chocolates. And since the arrival of these delicious treats in supermarkets everywhere since February, we’ve probably already had our fair share.

 

Therefore, we’d thought we’d be generous this Easter and share our favourite treats with you. They couldn’t be easier to get your hands on. Simply purchase your order online this Easter Sunday (5th April 2015) and we’ll gift you with a free Easter egg.

 

There’s plenty of products to choose from this April, just take a look below:

Pallet Racking

Pallet racking is a great solution for small warehouses and overcoming the pitfalls of your currently unorganised system. These reliable and durable systems utilise the available space in your warehouse ensuring that you can store away high density, and high volume bulk inventory.

Why wouldn’t you want to be able to access your storage easily and conveniently? Besides, it makes economic sense to make use of every space in your warehouse, doesn’t it? And in doing so you can continue to encourage improved safety measure as employees and your inventory itself isn’t jeopardised by poorly stored items.

Mezzanine Flooring

Rather than the extortionate costs of extensions of even company relocation you could maximise the use of your current warehouse with mezzanine flooring. The additional space works great in offices, retail, and production space where you can make better use of redundant space.

Shelving

With a range of shelving options available at Bristol Storage you can organise your offices, warehouses and even homes with a variety of products. These clever storing solutions, which are simple yet effective, come in a range of designs specific for industrial use, stock rooms, mobile options and even you home garages.

Steel Partitions

Do you want to redesign the layout of your workplace, either temporarily or for the long term future? Steel Partitions are an ideal choice when you need to create designated areas within your current workplace. Whether that may be offices within factories and warehouses, clean room environments or high security cages and private work areas, Bristol Storage will provide a full site survey, design, and installation service.

More Help and Information

To receive your free Easter Egg this April, simply place an online order with Bristol Storage before midnight on Sunday 5th April 2015. For further information on any of our products give the team a call on 0117 963 7979, or alternatively find more information about our range of products on our website.

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Is Your Mezzanine Flooring Doomed To Fail?

How does your warehouse look? Is it cramped with more stock than you can handle, where staff struggle to go about their daily duties with ease? Well, quite frankly what are you doing?Make The Most Of Mezzanine Flooring

A business can’t run efficiently if the organisation and planning behind the scenes isn’t optimised to allow staff to work effectively. Think about it, would you be able to concentrate at a desk and work hard if it was littered in distractions? No, we didn’t think so.

Well, welcome to the world of mezzanine flooring where more and more companies come to solve their space issues in the workplace. Despite these excellent solutions coming to the rescue for many businesses across the country, you must ensure to follow specific requirements to ensure safety in the warehouse too. Join us in our latest blog to ensure that your mezzanine floor isn’t destined to fail you.

How Can I Benefit From Mezzanine Flooring?

As mention above, many businesses are turning to the use of mezzanine flooring to maximise space in factories and warehouse. After all they are an ideal solution to maximise the flooring area without the hassle and extravagant expense of extensions or relocation.

Built properly, mezzanine flooring can not only maximise space and allow your warehouse to run more efficiently but it can allow you to expand by making better use of redundant space above your head.

This cost effective solution can be designed to meet your specific requirements whether you need to accommodate additional offices, increased retail space, or storage areas. At a fraction of the cost to alternative solutions mezzanine levels are easily installed into a wide range of commercial, industrial and retail environments with minimal disruption.

However, as companies continue to invest in these solid systems, new safety concerns have been thrown into the mix. Just like the requirements needed to ensure pallet racking safety it is vital that you understand the safety regulations regarding a mezzanine floor, how to spot potential problems and of course how to act on these.

Have You Moved New Premises?

If you have recently moved into a new premises already installed with a mezzanine level, you may have thought that your luck was in. You’ve just moved into a building that has already made complete use of all the available space after all. Perfect!

However, you need to make sure that the mezzanine floors are suitable to use for your business. It may have previously been used as an office space and could create a very dangerous work area for industrial usage. You will therefore need to ensure that your floor is structurally sound and fit for purpose as alterations to loading characteristics may be required. You should seek expert advice from the supplier immediately where you can be assisted in ensuring that the current flooring isn’t ill-fated. An application for building regulation approval may be needed and possibly planning permission in some cases.

Mezzanine floors are very durable, but they aren’t indestructible. So don’t ever take the risk.

Working at Height

When working at height like on mezzanine floors the law requires employers to ensure a number of requirements are fulfilled. Obviously the purpose of the regulations are to prevent death and injury at work due to falling from a significant height.

Whether you are an employer or someone who is in control of any work at height activity you need to ensure the day to day running of the business is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent staff. This will include ensuring that the right equipment for working at height is used whilst assessing the risks involved. Whilst your employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could potentially be affected by their actions it is ultimately down to you as their employer to ensure they comply with health and safety duties.

These rules require employers to ensure a number of elements such as:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised
  • The risks from working at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
  • Equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained

Inspection in the Warehouse

As states above all equipment in the warehouse should be inspected on a regular basis and this includes your mezzanine floor too. Whether you assign this to a senior member of staff or employ an outside body to do so, you cannot ignore your mezzanine flooring.

If you should notice any visual defects such as dents, buckles, tears to any beams, stanchion or floor joist it must be acted upon quickly to avoid further damage or risk to employees. The same also goes for any evidence of excessive loading damage to the decking. Ensure you seek specialist advice from your supplier or specialist like our team here at Bristol Storage.

Remember that mezzanine flooring installation do not contain any user repairable parts and you should never alter the structural steel framing without reference to the supplier or qualified structural engineer.

Don’t forget to make sure both you and your employees are aware of the uniform load and maximum loads which the mezzanine floor has been designed to withstand. The supplier should supply you with a notice detailing these which we highly recommend is made visible for everyone to see and abide by.

At Bristol Storage…

…we have more than 40 years of experience in the industry and as a result our team can promptly supply, fit and design mezzanine flooring for your premises. If you’d like more information on how you can maximise space for your business give us a call on 01179 555 211.

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Do Mezzanine Floors need Building Regulations Approval?

Mezzanine Flooring Regulations - Inspection underway to ensure it complies with UK laws

Will I need Planning Permission?

Typically no formal permission from a local authority is required for the erection of a mezzanine floor. However, there are some occasions when planning permission or Building Regulation Approval is required.

Planning permission may be required if:

  • The mezzanine floor increases floor area of site when permission to develop site previously restricted
  • The Mezzanine is used for office space or work
  • External alterations are required to accommodate the floor
  • Flooring is for retail usage over 200m²

Can Bristol Storage help me obtain Planning Permission for a Mezzanine Floor?

As make certain we help our clients every step of the way we can take full responsibility to ensuring you receive the correct planning permission for your mezzanine flooring project.

What are the 2010 Requirements for Mezzanine Building Regulations?

‘The Building Regulations 2010 revoked and replaced the Building Regulations 2000 and are made up of:

  • “Procedural regulations that set out what kind of work needs Building Regulations approval and how that approval should be obtained."
  • "Technical requirements that set the standards that should be achieved by the building work.”

(Source: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations)

Building regulations are in place to promote the health and safety of stakeholders in and around a building by providing standards and requirements for the building design and construction. ‘Raised Storage Areas’ are specifically mentioned in the Building Regulations 2010 thus highlighting mezzanine flooring as potentially susceptible to Building Regulation Approval. Therefore it is important to establish whether or not a mezzanine floor may require approval as part of the design process.

Which parts of the Building Regulations apply to Mezzanine Floors?

The following aspects are applicable to Mezzanine Floor Regulations:

  • Part A – Structural Safety
  • Part B – Fire Safety
  • Part K – Protection from Falling
  • Part M – Access To and Use of Buildings

Do you cover off Structural Safety?

Part A is covered by the design and load calculations issued by the mezzanine floor supplier. As a trusted UK fitter and installer, Bristol Storage Equipment provide these structural calculations with all mezzanine floor projects, therefore compliance with Part A is a given if you work with our team.

What about Fire Safety?

Compliance with Fire Safety is summarised in Section 7 of the Building Regulations, therefore the need for fire protection can be established as follows:

Raised Storage Areas 
7.7 Raised free-standing floors (sometimes supported by racking) are frequently erected in single storey industrial and storage buildings. Whether the structure is considered as a gallery or is of sufficient size that it is considered as a floor forming an additional storey, the normal provisions for fire resistance of elements of structure may be onerous if applied to the raised storage area.
7.8 A structure which does not have the appropriate fire resistance given in Appendix A, Table A1 is acceptable provided the following conditions are satisfied:
a. the structure has only one tier and used for storage purposes only;
b. the number of persons likely to be on the floor at any one time is low and does not include members of the public;
c. the floor is not more than 10m in either width or length and does not exceed one half of the floor area of the space in which it is situated;
d. the floor is open above and below to the room or space which it is situated; and
e. the means of escape from the floor meets the relevant provisions in Sections 3, 4 and 5.

Bristol Storage supply mezzanine floors with 1 hour fire protection ensuring you comply with the required standards.

What is Part K & Part M Compliance?

In order to comply with Part K and Part M of the regulations access and protection must be considered at the design stage. All Bristol Storage supplied mezzanine floors are designed to be fully compliant with these regulations and use approved staircases, handrails and kick plates.

For more information on The Building Regulations 2010, please check out these useful links:

Do I have to Apply for Building Regulation Approval for a Mezzanine Floor Structure?

Yes you can apply for Building Regulations Approval directly with your local council authority or there is an easier way: Get in touch with an approved and independent inspector that can appraise and authorise the installation. For more information on obtaining an improved inspector, check out The Construction Industry Council website

An approved inspector will advise on how the Building Regulations apply to the project in order to provide a full understanding of what is necessary to comply. They will also check through the design and the plans of the building and inspect the work as required. Following completion of the mezzanine installation, the inspector will issue a certificate of compliance to the local authority in order to confirm completion of the work to the required standard.

How to Keep Mezzanine Flooring Regulations Simple

At Bristol Storage Equipment Ltd we can provide you full Building Regulations Approval as part of the supply and installation of the mezzanine floor. This keeps things simple for you and ensures that your project isn't delayed by to-ing and fro-ing between individuals, inspectors and authorities.

We have access to a number of approved inspectors who we work closely with to provide the full Building Regulations Approval service. 

Call us today on 01179 555211 to discuss your project and to decide if your mezzanine flooring needs to apply for Building Regulation Approval.

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Storage Mezzanine

Maximise your warehouse space using a mezzanine floor. Bristol Storage Equipment recommends installing a mezzanine floor as a means of expanding your business without the unnecessary costs of relocating or moving premises.

If you think you can make use of the redundant space overhead, then a mezzanine floor will enable you to utilise this space and increase the efficiency of your warehouse.

  • Supply and install new mezzanine floors
  • Relocate existing mezzanine floors
  • Floors for storage or office use
  • 1 Hour Fire protection available
  • Expand your business without moving, building or acquiring new premises
  • Make good use of the redundant space literally overhead

What is a mezzanine floor? - Read our quick 'Guide to Mezzanine Floors' post.

Two Tiered mezzanine Floor

The additional space created by a Mezzanine Floor can be used to accommodate offices, or increase storage and production space. Designed, approved and fitted in less time than you would imagine, Mezzanine Flooring can be easily installed into a wide range of commercial, industrial or retail environments – minimum disruption to your business whilst a new working environment is created.

For a free quotation for a mezzanine floor, contact Bristol Storage Equipment on 01179 555 211.

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Do Mezzanine Floors need Building Regulations Approval?

Mezzanine Flooring Regulations - Inspection underway to ensure it complies with UK laws

Will I need Planning Permission?

Typically no formal permission from a local authority is required for the erection of a mezzanine floor. However, there are some occasions when planning permission or Building Regulation Approval is required. Planning permission may be required if:

  • The mezzanine floor increases floor area of site when permission to develop site previously restricted
  • The Mezzanine is used for office space or work
  • External alterations are required to accommodate the floor
  • Flooring is for retail usage over 200m²

Can Bristol Storage help me obtain Planning Permission for a Mezzanine Floor?

As make certain we help our clients every step of the way we can take full responsibility to ensuring you receive the correct planning permission for your mezzanine flooring project.

What are the 2010 Requirements for Mezzanine Building Regulations?

‘The Building Regulations 2010 revoked and replaced the Building Regulations 2000 and are made up of:

  • “Procedural regulations that set out what kind of work needs Building Regulations approval and how that approval should be obtained.”
  • “Technical requirements that set the standards that should be achieved by the building work.”

(Source: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations) Building regulations are in place to promote the health and safety of stakeholders in and around a building by providing standards and requirements for the building design and construction. ‘Raised Storage Areas’ are specifically mentioned in the Building Regulations 2010 thus highlighting mezzanine flooring as potentially susceptible to Building Regulation Approval. Therefore it is important to establish whether or not a mezzanine floor may require approvalas part of the design process.

Which parts of the Building Regulations apply to Mezzanine Floors?

The following aspects are applicable to Mezzanine Floor Regulations:

  • Part A – Structural Safety
  • Part B – Fire Safety
  • Part K – Protection from Falling
  • Part M – Access To and Use of Buildings

Do you cover off Structural Safety?

Part A is covered by the design and load calculations issued by the mezzanine floor supplier. As a trusted UK fitter and installer, Bristol Storage Equipment provide these structural calculations with all mezzanine floor projects, therefore compliance with Part A is a given if you work with our team.

What about Fire Safety?

Compliance with Fire Safety is summarised in Section 7 of the Building Regulations, therefore the need for fire protection can be established as follows:

Raised Storage Areas 
7.7 Raised free-standing floors (sometimes supported by racking) are frequently erected in single storey industrial and storage buildings. Whether the structure is considered as a gallery or is of sufficient size that it is considered as a floor forming an additional storey, the normal provisions for fire resistance of elements of structure may be onerous if applied to the raised storage area.
7.8 A structure which does not have the appropriate fire resistance given in Appendix A, Table A1 is acceptable provided the following conditions are satisfied:
a. the structure has only one tier and used for storage purposes only;
b. the number of persons likely to be on the floor at any one time is low and does not include members of the public;
c. the floor is not more than 10m in either width or length and does not exceed one half of the floor area of the space in which it is situated;
d. the floor is open above and below to the room or space which it is situated; and
e. the means of escape from the floor meets the relevant provisions in Sections 3, 4 and 5.

Bristol Storage supply mezzanine floors with 1 hour fire protection ensuring you comply with the required standards.

What is Part K & Part M Compliance?

In order to comply with Part K and Part M of the regulations access and protection must be considered at the design stage. All Bristol Storage supplied mezzanine floors are designed to be fully compliant with these regulations and use approved staircases, handrails and kick plates. For more information on The Building Regulations 2010, please check out these useful links:

Do I have to Apply for Building Regulation Approval for a Mezzanine Floor Structure?

Yes you can apply for Building Regulations Approval directly with your local council authority or there is an easier way: Get in touch with an approved and independent inspector that can appraise and authorise the installation. For more information on obtaining an improved inspector, check out The Construction Industry Council websiteAn approved inspector will advise on how the Building Regulations apply to the project in order to provide a full understanding of what is necessary to comply. They will also check through the design and the plans of the building and inspect the work as required. Following completion of the mezzanine installation, the inspector will issue a certificate of compliance to the local authority in order to confirm completion of the work to the required standard.

How to Keep Mezzanine Flooring Regulations Simple

At Bristol Storage Equipment Ltd we can provide you full Building Regulations Approval as part of the supply and installation of the mezzanine floor. This keeps things simple for you and ensures that your project isn’t delayed by to-ing and fro-ing between individuals, inspectors and authorities. We have access to a number of approved inspectors who we work closely with to provide the full Building Regulations Approval service.  Call us today on 01179 555211 to discuss your project and to decide if your mezzanine flooring needs to apply for Building Regulation Approval.

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