QYour standard mezzanine specification is different from some of your competitors. Why is this?
It is likely that you will receive quotes from companies that are based on the lowest specification they can get away with. At Magic Mezzanine our base specification for a floor and its ancillaries is that dictated by best practice within the industry, currently BRE Digest 437, and the relevant British Standards. This protects you as the customer and, most important of all, the people actually using the floor on a daily basis. So look out for companies trying to get away with inferior decking materials, insufficient bracing and lower steel specifications.
QWhat about Building Regulations, who makes sure the mezzanine design, manufacture and installation is fully compliant?
We will, if you want us to. We have approved inspectors that specialise in making sure that our floors meet all aspects of building regulations. These can be included or offered as option.
QWhat about planning permission, is this needed for a mezzanine floor?
Unless prohibited by a condition attached to a previous consent the answer is no as long as the changes are internal. The Government has, however, been trying to control the expansion of retail floor space in out-of-town developments and has brought in legislation requiring planning permission for floors above 200m2. It is permitted, however, to add several floors, each just below the 200m2 limit without requiring planning consent!
QDo I need to fire protect the floor?
This will depend on your application, However if you plan to have personal working on the floor or using the floor for offices then the answer would yes.
QDo we need to dig foundations for the uprights to sit on or in?
Not necessarily this will depend on the concrete ground slab which may need to be checked this can be arranged by Magic Mezzanine Floors.
QCan we have more than one level?
QCan we have machines and people working on the mezzanine?
Yes. Magic Mezzanine will make sure that the capacity of the structure will be sufficient to take the loads required.