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How to optimise space inside an industrial unit

How to optimise space inside an industrial unit

Planning permission for new sheds has risen 41% year-on-year as developers respond to the reality that demand now far outstrips supply. Current stock availability is thought to be around 90m sq ft. However, 10 per cent of this requires either refurbishment or conversion work. In-light-of the lack of availability and resulting rental values, some businesses will choose to stay where they are rather than expand.

What can be done to maximise shed space?

Adding mezzanine floors

Mezzanine floors are a fast, simple and cost effective way to create more space within an industrial unit. By significantly increasing floor space, it can mean that businesses can avoid having to move to larger, more expensive premises.

The addition of a mezzanine floor can increase storage facilities, allow offices to be built, or separate different functions within the business.

If your business is planning to erect a mezzanine floor within a warehouse building, there are several points to consider.

Creating an efficient layout within an industrial unit

Before considering the regulatory aspects of introducing mezzanine flooring, it’s important to be clear on the drivers for the project – will the mezzanine optimise layout and provide more space, or is the primary goal to improve design and functionality inside the unit?

If your workforce comprises two departments that regularly work together, a well-positioned mezzanine floor can improve communication between previously separate teams, increasing productivity. The same principle can be applied to production lines, where the flow of production can be optimised by installing a mezzanine floor.

Installing mezzanine floors to facilitate expansion

Mezzanine floors are a straightforward way to increase capacity in the short-term, or provide additional space for a team to expand, providing an extension to existing office space.

Regulations for installing a mezzanine

Since almost all work will take place within an existing structure, full planning permission is rarely required for mezzanine floors, unless you wish to alter the structure of the existing building. You will, however, require building regulations approval, which is straightforward and can be dealt with directly by Aztec. Almost all the work is demountable and can easily be restored to its original condition fairly-easily, avoiding dilapidations costs on vacating the building.

For more information about mezzanine floors, contact Aztec, one of the UK’s most respected and best known refurbishment, fit out and construction specialists. With more than 30 years’ experience, Aztec can help you to create a workplace that achieves your business goals and delivers results – give us a call.

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