STORAGE - MEZZANINE FLOORS - APPROVALS
Mezzanine Accessories Fire
The installation of a mezzanine floor in most cases requires approval
under the Building Regulations, and the implications of this need
to be carefully considered at every stage of the project. Some of
the main aspects of the approval process are discussed below, however
it is important to remember that the interpretation of the regulations
can vary considerably from area to area and specific local requirements
can also be involved.
Early contact with the relevant authorities can prove very valuable
in understanding the likely requirements for a successful application
and avoid costly changes at a later stage of the project.
Full structural design calculations are provided for the floor structure
and any handrail or staircases etc. included in the installation.
These are provided for checking as part of the approval to ensure
any intended structure meets the relevant standards.
The design of the floor slab of the building will need to be confirmed
and calculations provided to prove that the additional loads imposed
by the mezzanine floor columns can be safely accommodated. Full
details of the floor structure are required including the concrete
slab and also the make-up of the ground beneath it. This information
can prove difficult to obtain in older buildings and in extreme
cases core samples may need to be taken and assessed.
Fire strategy is another key aspect of the application with the
Local Authority and Fire Department to ensure that sufficient means
of escape and fire detection / protection are in place. This will
need to be considered in conjunction with the overall fire strategy
of any building. Issues considered frequently include fire
protection to the structure, escape routes from the floor, fire
detection, alarm and fighting equipment and sprinkler installations.
Most applications are relatively routine, however it is important
to be aware that it can take a number of weeks for the application
to be progressed.
Ideally full approval is obtained prior to any manufacturing or
installation commencing however where project deadlines dictate,
installation can commence prior to receiving approval with the client
providing indemnity against any changes that may be required to
achieve approval. The experience of Storage Logic with these types
of project is crucial in minimising the risk of subsequent problems