With overheads high and businesses seeking to save money on any and all fronts, the idea of installing a complete additional country in the Facilities Management cupboard may seem like an attractive concept. However the options for businesses needing to expand are somewhat limited. Moving premises is all very well, but the cost, inconvenience and disruption to the actual day to day running of the firm make it impractical in many cases. However, installing a mezzanine floor can offer considerable advantages without the inconvenience of removal expenses – or goblins, witches and great big annoying lions messing around with the photocopier. A mezzanine floor is normally a semi-permanent additional floor, which in a commercial or retail setting can be used for extending the floor space of a building for a number of purposes.
Double Capacity, Half the Hassle
Retail businesses have faced some challenging times recently with a number of famous High Street names going online or, failing that, into administration. For those that have bravely remained on the High Street itself, the likelihood of upgrading to newer bigger premises is pretty remote. A mezzanine floor can offer additional retail space, without the costs associated with a move or the danger of losing customers during a change of address. Existing space can be freed up, or new areas for retail developed, allowing you to expand or add to your range of goods.
In industrial premises, or warehousing premises, a mezzanine floor is one of the most commonly used tricks to keep rental low and maximise the use of space. At a tiny percentage of the cost of moving, a mezzanine can be installed quickly. Most mezzanine floor suppliers and installers offer systems that can be installed at high speed, minimising the disruption to your business activities. By their nature a mezzanine is normally self-supporting and does not require large, disruptive and inconvenient levels of structural alteration.
For mixed use premises where an office space needs to be extended (or even created) a mezzanine offers the perfect solution. For a rapidly growing firm, which does not want to risk the additional outlay on new premises, a mezzanine can again offer a quick turn around on a doubling of space. This can make your existing office space far more flexible, allowing for expansion in staff numbers during seasonal peaks in business.
Low Cost Conversions
In most cases a mezzanine floor will be designed for your building – making it a highly tailored solution. Mezzanine floor suppliers can create a range of standard sized sections which can be used to create a bespoke solution for your specific building and to suit the use of the new floor. In terms of planning regulations there are no requirements when it comes to fitting a new mezzanine structure, but compliance with Building Regulations (and in some cases fire regulations) will be necessary. Again, these factors can normally be dealt with by mezzanine floor suppliers and where building and fire regulations need to be met suppliers will normally have an off-the-shelf solution to hand. In terms of costs most suppliers will offer a range of options, but the price is rarely above £120 per square meter. In general, industry experts suggest that the cost of a mezzanine is around 80 per cent cheaper than moving premises and this doesn’t take into consideration the associated disruption and potential loss of business on the way.
You can’t take it with you
Fair point, if we’re talking about your worldly wealth on that last great journey. However, when it comes to moving business premises it’s possible that you could take your mezzanine with you. The mostly likely bar to this easy option is simply that your mezzanine is likely to be designed with your existing premises in mind. A bespoke design for your mezzanine will mean that it may not fit easily into the new premises, but if you’ve planned carefully then there’s no reason why you couldn’t take your additional space with you. The cost of moving the structure may seem expensive, but as with the original installation, it could well be cheaper than buying or renting the extra space.
For expanding businesses the inconvenience of moving premises can often be removed by installing a mezzanine floor. Mezzanine floor suppliers offer a range of tailored solutions to suit most businesses and can help create the additional space for your business to grow.