Tileflair Transforms Industrial Unit into a Retail Store


The Challenge

As part of Tileflair’s ongoing plans to expand across the UK, they recently moved into an empty industrial unit in Oxford. Hi-Level were contracted by Locators once the initial shop fit-out was completed to create an additional shop floor area.

A bespoke design was required to provide a mezzanine that could support product displays and provide storage space for stock. It was particularly important to minimise the number of columns used to keep the ground floor area clear.

The Criteria

The final requirements of the project were detailed as follows:

  • 11.54×8.55m² floor size
  • 4.8kNm² point load
  • Ancillaries: feature staircase
  • Fire protection

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The Solution and Result

Our expert engineers worked closely with Tileflair to understand all the unique requirements of their store. This included minimising obstructions on the underside of the floor to maximise space for product placement. The final design limited the number of columns installed whilst ensuring the mezzanine could maintain its structural integrity. In addition, we used OSB decking; a lightweight, easy-to-handle board that provides maximum strength and stability.

The aesthetic finish of the floor was equally as important to ensure it was in line with Tileflair’s brand and store presentation. Taking that into consideration, we used our feature handrail made from polished stainless steel. This is complemented by toughened glass panels, creating a contemporary, clean look.

 “We are delighted to have been a part of this fit-out project and working alongside Locators. Our team was able to overcome the challenges posed by the site and deliver an optimal solution”.

Jason Alexander – Hi-Level Project Manager

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