Laura Eskrett, Author at Hi-Level Mezzanines

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Three Mezzanine Floors for Alliance Healthcare With Bowmer & Kirkland

The Client & Challenge

Hi-Level were delighted to have been successfully chosen to design, build and install three individual mezzanine floors for pharmaceutical organisation, Alliance Healthcare in Preston, Lancashire. This particular build was conducted through construction services group, Bowmer & Kirkland who Hi-Level have worked with previously on several other projects.

The Criteria

The project was divided into three individual mezzanine floors designed to sit seamlessly alongside an existing structure within the client’s warehouse.

The floor specifications were as follows:

  • Floor 1 – 700 sqm 
  • Floor 2 – 300 sqm 
  • Floor 3 – 100 sqm 

The mezzanines were part of an overall reworking of the clients materials handling program. As such, they were designed to be uniquely shaped with specific steel-work arrangements to provide support over an existing conveyor system. In addition to the floors, Hi-Level supplied fire rated columns with protection.

The Solution & Result 

The mezzanines were built out of hours to ensure no disruption to the warehouse operations workers during the daytime. Shortly after the project finished, Hi-Level designed and installed a supplementary external galvanised staircase.

As always, Hi-Level’s superior build quality and attentive installation management made for another successful project – leaving both parties happy!

Take a look at the finished product below:

Please get in touch with our sales team if you have any questions regarding previous projects.

Will My Mezzanine Floor Need Fire Protection?

We are often asked “Will my mezzanine floor need fire protection?”.

Well…the answer is more than likely, yes. But don’t hold us to that. All mezzanine floors should be assessed on an individual basis and subject to building regulations.

Fire protection is an important and necessary part of building regulations, it’s purpose is to slow the spread of fire and maintain structural integrity of the mezzanine long enough to allow safe exit for employees and entry for fire fighters.

There are still some exceptions when fire protection is not necessary, generally speaking these are if a mezzanine floor is for storage purposes only in addition to covering less 50% of the area in the building its occupying, measures less than 20m x 20m in either direction and is located in a typically low risk environment.

Mezzanine floors that are intended to be used for anything other than storage (i.e. retail/public use) will need fire protection irrespective of size.

At Hi-Level we offer several cost effective fire protection solutions including:

One Hour Fire Rated Suspended Ceiling 

Our most popular and economical method of fire protection. A suspended ceiling hangs vertically from underneath the mezzanine floor.

One Hour Fire Rated Fascia

To protect exposed edges of the mezzanine floor.

One Hour Fire Column Casings 

Fire rated column casings protect the steel work on columns against fire damage.

Other fire protection methods to consider include:

  • Fire walls
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Smoke detection systems 

We appreciate the importance of safety for our customers which is why we treat every floor uniquely. If you have any further questions or seek advice on fire protection options, please contact us directly. We are always happy to help!

 

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Warehouse Mezzanine Floor For Bullen Healthcare

The Client & Challenge

Bullen Healthcare a family owned medical supply company approached Hi-Level last year to design and install a mezzanine floor within their Liverpool warehouse.

The Criteria

The client required the mezzanine to be built above an existing shelving layout within the warehouse, with minimal disruption to the ongoing work during warehouse operating hours.

The final specfications of the mezzanine floor project were detailed as follows:

  • 700 sq metre mezzanine floor
  • Fully fire rated
  • LED lighting underneath the mezzanine structure

The Solution & Result 

In order to cause no disruption to the warehouse workers normal routine the entire build was conducted during night-time hours. As a result the project was completed swiftly over a 6 week period.

Adrian Williams, Hi-Level Operations Manager comments: “The floor construction for Bullen Healthcare ran smoothly from start to finish, with the install completed overnight no disruption was caused to the clients regular picking and packing routine, a big accomplishment for a live operating warehouse. Hi-Level and the client are extremely happy the finished mezzanine floor”.

Take a look at the finished product below:

Please get in touch with our sales team if you have any questions regarding previous projects.

Logistics Distribution Centre Mezzanine Floor With Magrock

The Client & Challenge

Building contractor Magrock invited Hi-Level to tender for this particular floor after being dissatisfied with a previous mezzanine floor supplier, who failed to meet their requirements. The end client, Clipper Logistics are a UK leading logistics solutions company.

The Criteria

Clipper Logistics required the mezzanine floor within a new distribution centre for one of their clients.

The final requirements of the project were detailed as follows:

  • Mezzanine Floor – 34m x 12m
  • Featuring 1 extra width general access staircase and 1 galvanised utility escape staircase
  • Side mounted handrail painted to the clients specification
  • Chamfered and countersunk fixing in base plates

The Solution & Result 

Despite delivery and installation being on a tight timescale, the build program was completed over a period of 9 days, finishing in December 2017.

“Hi level were appointed to carry out a single story extension within a live warehouse environment.  The project was delivered on time and to a high standard throughout.  This was our first project with Hi level and we would not hesitate using them again as their attitude from tendering the project through to completing the works was second to none.  Thank you to everyone involved” David Brewer, Construction Director – Magrock

Take a look at the finished product below:

Please get in touch with our sales team if you have any questions regarding previous projects.

The Benefits Of A Retail Mezzanine Floor

Mezzanine floors are ideal for retail environments. Whether you require an additional area for selling or increased storage capacity, a mezzanine floor is a flexible and cost-effective option which can quickly transform a retail space. In this post we discuss some of the benefits a mezzanine floor can bring to a business and the customer.

Increase Space Quickly Without Having To Relocate 

Easily the biggest benefit of a retail mezzanine floor is the potential of increased space area for selling and displaying products. Additionally, if you require extra storage for stock, a mezzanine can be a great way to expand existing storage facilities without having to move to a larger premises. Moving to new premises is costly and time consuming, having a mezzanine floor eliminates this worry, additionally they can be installed speedily without any extra cost.

Fully Customisable To Your Own Space 

Our mezzanine floors are built unique to each clients specification and designed to fit seamlessly within the stores arrangement. We encourage our clients to match the floor style to their branding, colour schemes and logo. This is particularly important within retail environments when businesses rely on aesthetics to enhance their branding and drive customers through the door.

Improve Customer Satisfaction And Increase Sales! 

An overcrowded shop-floor makes it difficult for customers to find what they are looking for and may lead to a negative and stressful experience for the customer. A mezzanine floor will allow retailers to spread their stock out and display items easily and more effectively – ultimately increasing sales!

At Hi-Level we provide everything you need for a functional and cost-effective mezzanine floor, from initial quotation through to installation – get in touch to find out how we can help you transform your retail space.

 

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Retail Mezzanine Floor For Jollyes – The Pet Food Superstore

The Client & Challenge

Hi-Level were chosen to provide the mezzanine floor element as part of a larger store refurbishment for Jollyes – The Pet Food Superstore for their branch in Tonbridge, Kent.

Jollyes are one the UK’s largest pet supplies stores. Founded in 1971, Jollyes now operates 61 chains across the country specialising in everything pets from food to accessories.

The Criteria

The client required a mezzanine to provide additional retail space whilst housing a small grooming facility ‘The Pamper & Groom Spa’. The mezzanine was also required to accommodate a new staff room and toilet facilities.

The final requirements of the mezzanine floor project were detailed as follows:

  • Mezzanine Floor – 11m x 12.5m
  • 2 Staircases – 1 Feature at the front and 1 Standard at the back
  • Glass Balustrade

The Solution & Result 

The project was completed over a week and finished in August 2017. All aspects of the build remained within the allocated time-frames and a high-quality finish resulting in a visually pleasing but practical new retail space for the client.

 

 

Please get in touch with our sales team if you have any questions regarding previous projects.

Designing Structures For Seismic Activity

Throughout our 26 years of operation we have successfully designed and installed numerous large-scale mezzanine floor systems throughout the UK. These days, we are often called upon by organisations throughout Europe to help expand their warehousing and logistics hubs. In this post we discuss some of the technical, practical and ethical factors we must consider when designing and installing a mezzanine floor abroad.

Earthquake Resistant Construction and Other Government Regulations…

Something some our customers may not know is that our estimators are fully qualified to design to seismic activity specifications. But what exactly is seismic design and how does it affect the construction of a mezzanine floor?

Seismic activity refers to earthquakes, the vibrations they cause on the earth and its crust. In certain countries where this type of activity is more prevalent local authorities require engineers to adhere to guidelines which allow for this type of activity when designing structures.

Our estimator Georgios comments on the seismic design process,  “In order to design for seismic according to Eurocode 8 – EC8 information regarding the specific area of the floor is required, such as the soil type, the ground peak acceleration and the overall importance of the structure. Seismic loads are quite significant as they add a relative high horizontal load to the structure. We use a dynamic analysis software to calculate the total horizontal loads acting on the structure, these forces are then taken into consideration during the final design“.

Here at Hi-Level we have the technology and expertise to design for seismic activity, which allows us to install our floors across the globe!

In addition, other government building regulations to consider may include specific health & safety laws and working hour restrictions.

Conducting Business Abroad 

We understand that cultural differences can impact business negotiations abroad, we must consider a number of elements such as potential language barriers and behavioural differences to avoid confusion and conflict. We always work to the following guidelines;

  1. Understand The Clients Requirements – Having a clear understanding of the client’s needs from the outset is crucial to delivering a successful build, we ensure communication is consistent throughout the design and build process to ensure the clients expectations are managed and met without disappointment.
  2. Familiarise Ourselves With The Country’s Culture – With endless resources and online information it’s easier than ever to educate ourselves on a particular country’s cultural differences, having even a slight understanding can set us apart from competitors and leave a positive impact on our client.
  3. Communication Is Key It goes without saying that communication is key for business, but the ability to  communicate effectively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds can sometimes prove difficult, particularly if there is a language barrier. Here at Hi-Level some of our in-house staff are bilingual in several languages, but we also believe it’s important to learn the basics of the language within a new market, additionally visual communication can be a powerful tool for interacting when language barriers arise.

 

 

 

We are currently one of the only and most competitive UK based mezzanine floor companies that can design for seismic activity.

For International business enquires or more information on our floors please call us on +44 (0) 1730 190

Our Favourite Posts Of The Past Year

With the new year approaching we want to highlight some of our favourite articles we have posted over the past year. Take a look below…

iQD The App – Interview With The Developer

In November 2016 we launched the first version of iQD The App, a pocket version of our full iQD Pro system. We sat down to chat with the developer behind the motives of creating the App and what the future holds for the development team at Hi-Level. A year on and the App has been a success for Hi-Level, it allows our sales managers to produce an accurate budget cost in seconds making it easier for them to present quotes to our customers, Malcolm Plum Business Development Manager at Hi-Level comments “It’s extremely convenient that I can produce a budget quote on the move, my customers are always very impressed with the Apps speed and accuracy!”.

 

  

 

How A Mezzanine Floor Can Benefit Restaurants and Bars

Sometimes we design and install floors within restaurants and bars across the country. This post specifically focuses on the restaurant industry, and outlines why a mezzanine floor is often the best option over relocation.

 

Why Should You Use A Pallet Gate To Safely Access A Mezzanine Floor?

We outline the the ways in which pallet gates provide safety in conjunction with our mezzanine floors.

  

 

4 Strategies To Increase Your Production Capacity

In this discuss some of the ways in which you can meet increased demand from customers and clients, including optimising your warehouse by improving layout and increasing storage capacity. Fun Fact – this is one of our most read posts to date!

Get in touch with us today – Request a quote or call us on +44 (0) 1730 190

2017 Xmas Shutdown Dates

With the end of the year nearing we want to make you aware of our annual office shutdown dates. The Hi-Level Offices will be closed from 1.00pm Thursday 21st Dec until 8.30am Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our customers a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

 

Welcome To Our New Website!

After months of planning and organising we are happy to announce the launch of our new website which went live last week.

It still has the same great features as our previous site including the budget calculator and quote request but with a fresh updated look that is easier to navigate and also mobile responsive.

We wanted the site to be simplistic but modern and somewhere our customers can find information easily and quickly without a hassle!

We always value feedback so please contact us directly to let us know what you think of the new site: sales@hi-level.co.uk 

Many thanks,

The Hi-Level Team

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What our clients say

“Hi-Level worked with Tesco 2014/15 on a Clothing Project and installed two 8100sqm mezzanine floors. Hi-Level delivered a smooth installation programme on time, within the agreed budget and to a very high standard, we are currently working with Hi-Level on other projects in 2016 / 2017″.
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