Mezzanine Floor Regulations & Building Control
For nearly 30 years Fast Rack Direct have been designing, manufacturing and installing mezzanine floors. Our in-house technical team of qualified draftsmen, structural engineers and contract managers are all on hand to guide you through the appropriate regulations.
Our accreditations speak for themselves, as do our list of prestigious business clients, who use our services time and time again. We are the best in the industry and experienced in working to architects and engineers plans if provided, or from our own site surveys to design a mezzanine floor for you.
A mezzanine floor can come in many different styles with hundreds of applications. As a result a number of building control factors need to be taken into account. Sometimes this includes planning permission and fire control regulations. Fast Rack Direct can guide you through this daunting process, allowing you to utilize your time more effectively.
A typical mezzanine floor will require the following Building Regulations:
Mezzanine floor structural design to comply with BS 5950-2000
Engineering calculations need to be prepared and submitted to Building Control, in order to prove that the floor is designed to support such weights. Calculations also need to be made regarding the concrete slab that the structure will be placed on. This is all part of Building Regulations.
Mezzanine floor safe access & evacuation
Fire regulation requirements are also part of Building Control. If a mezzanine floor is over a certain size or percentage of your premises, Building Regulations require it to be fire rated. Our fire insulation teams are experts at fire compliance. We can often save you valuable time and expense, by having our design team take into account certain specification approval, prior to construction.
Mezzanine floor Disabled Discrimination Act
The DDA also requires regulations to be met regarding access and egress from a mezzanine floor. We can advise you on all of theses matters to gain Building Regulations approval.
Mezzanine floor planning permission
In most commercial and industrial applications, mezzanine floor planning permission is not required. But in retail settings it may be needed, if the external look of the building surrounding a new mezzanine floor is to be changed. Or as a result of the changes being made create additional vehicular traffic.
Fast Rack Direct use independent mezzanine floor Building Control Inspectors, who advise you on compliance of such regulations. This avoids a lot of wasted time by going to the Local Authority Building Control Department. These expert mezzanine floor inspectors provide preliminary approval and liaise with all relevant local authorities including the fire officer.
Guidance Source: Planning Portal