Mezzanine floors create a bespoke space that can be tailored to suit your business. Whether you’re looking to increase your office space, expand your on-site storage, or widen your retail floor, installing an intermediate level provides a cost-effective solution. Significant changes to a property are often coupled with planning permission requirements and lengthy wait times, but building a mezzanine floor could be easier than you think.
Do Mezzanine Floors Require Planning Permission?
Many mezzanine floors are free-standing rather than fixed to the outer shell of the building, so do not require planning permission. There are, however, instances where Building Regulation approval is needed before work commences. This may concern access to buildings, use of space for retail purposes over 200㎡, or carrying a weight load of over 500kg.
In certain circumstances planning permission may be required, for example, if your design contains windows that would alter the exterior of the building. Holl & Holl Installations design all mezzanine flooring in line Building Regulations and design standards. Your representative will work with you to accurately complete all documentation to ensure that your building is legally compliant.
Building Regulations For Mezzanine Floors
All mezzanine floors need to comply with Building Regulations for adequate headroom for both floors. A ceiling height of 14ft (4.2m) ensures sufficient headroom for the ground floor, with a mezzanine built above.
The weight load for mezzanine flooring varies depending on its use. If 500kg is exceeded, Building Regulation approval will be needed. Your Holl & Holl Installation designer can discuss lighter load capacity options, including removing unnecessary dividing walls between rooms.
Mezzanine floors require railing construction as part of safety regulations. A handrail, mid-height knee rail and kick board are generally minimum requirements. The materials used and design of your chosen handrail greatly contribute to the overall look of your new floor. You can discuss your options and view examples during the design phase of your project.
Fire safety precautions will be incorporated into all designs drafted by Holl & Holl Installations in accordance with specific requirements outlined by your local fire authority. This may include fire-resistant ceiling tiles, fire rated column cladding and a smoke detection system. Various factors, including the size of your mezzanine, usage and number of people using the space, will determine what level of fire regulation you need.
Why Choose Holl & Holl Installations?
Holl & Holl Installations have designed custom-made mezzanine floors for over 30 years. Our family-run business strives to remove the hassle of building work by managing your project from start to finish, including obtaining Building Regulation approvals for mezzanine floor installations on behalf of the client. Your Holl & Holl representative will oversee the site survey, design, material sourcing, and fitting of your mezzanine floor so that you can concentrate on running your business.
To arrange a site visit, call 024 7792 0614, or email email@example.com. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will endeavour to get back to you within the same working day.
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