A GUIDE TO DESIGNING MEZZANINE FLOOR OFFICE SPACE

When designing an office mezzanine floor solution there are a lot of considerations, from building regulations to your office layout. Here's everything you need to think about.

DESIGNING
YOUR OFFICE
MEZZANINE
SPACE

In recent years mezzanine floors have become a popular solution within industrial warehouse environments when new or additional office space is required.  They can accommodate office space both below and above the mezzanine floor and are suitable for a range of applications from single person offices to multi room purpose-built office blocks.

Due to their flexible and cost effective nature, mezzanine floors have overtaken the traditional ‘block and beam’ solution for the construction of office blocks within warehouses. This is in part due to the fact that business owners can work directly with contractors to design the office space, alleviating the requirement for an architect and thus eliminating a large part of the expense. At the same time they can discover feasibility costs and implement the final build at a fraction of the cost of a block and beam solution and in a much more timely manner.

Mezzanine floors are also used to supplement existing office space. Often when a company occupies a building, the office space isn’t large enough to accommodate their requirements. By installing a mezzanine floor adjacent to the existing offices, the office space can be extended easily and affordably by simply knocking through the existing wall and linking up the floor space. The additional office space can be used for a range of applications such as additional meeting space, breakout spaces, open and closed plan office spaces or communal areas such as canteen areas, WC areas or locker rooms.

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Office & Storage Mezzanine Blackburn Distribution

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR OFFICE MEZZANINE FLOOR

To design a mezzanine floor for office space, a key part of the process is the creation of the initial brief. The brief should be a description for prospective contractors to understand the requirements of the floor from the client who will be occupying the floor.

WHAT ROOMS ARE
REQUIRED?

You should inform your chosen contractor of the rooms required to be situated below or above the mezzanine floor. Examples of such areas are reception areas, breakout spaces, meeting areas, office requirements (open plan and individual office space) WC areas, storerooms, locker rooms and production rooms.

LIST OF
DEPARTMENTS

You should provide a list of departments to be housed on the mezzanine floor such as Accounts, IT, Marketing, Sales etc, alongside current numbers and anticipated growth numbers for the future. Including information about which departments interact with each other is beneficial as well as providing information on which departments do not wish to be within the vicinity of each other.

STORAGE
REQUIREMENTS

New office space can be an excellent time to review storage requirements for paperwork and other office equipment. Perhaps the new office space is the ideal time to even move more towards a paperless office, therefore eliminating storage space for archived documents. The more information you can provide at the design stage, the better.

HOW THE OFFICE WILL LOOK

Thought should be given to the overall look and feel of the office space. Mezzanine offices spaces can offer both functional office space as well as a modern and creative environment. The more functional the workspace, the more budget friendly it will be, but all design options are available to you when choosing an office mezzanine floor solution. A mood board or Pinterest board can be beneficial to the designer, to help them to understand your requirements for the space.

MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS

You should disclose your mechanical and electrical requirements with consideration to your power and data needs. The position and capability of your data cabinets and the extent of your wi-fi provisions must be thought through and communicated too. Thought should also be given to heating. Whether that’s provided by electric radiators, wet systems (involving a boiler) or an air conditioning system.

INDICATIONS OF YOUR BUDGET

Providing a budget is difficult but can be a key driver in allowing your designer to meet your expectations. Providing a budget to suppliers allows the designer to create the best design to suit your desired budget. Designing and costing an office block can be a timely process, so by speaking about your budget from the outset, you can reduce design and lead times. When speaking with contractors, stipulate that the prices associated with the project are itemised. This allows you to evaluate all costs and remove or add any elements you choose. 

DETERMINE YOUR TIMESCALES

Give an indication as to when the project needs to be implemented by. This allows the designer to anticipate lead times and meet your expectations. Also tell the designer if the pricing is a feasibility exercise as they may be able to provide evidence of similar projects which will give an indication of cost.

KW Digital Office Mezzanine Floor
Mezzanine Office
Simply Biz Office Fit Out
Open Plan Office For Move Dance
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Meeting table with quotes, drawings, business cards and brochure

FINAL THOUGHTS
WHEN DESIGNING
YOUR MEZZANINE &
OFFICE SPACE

As you can see there is a lot to consider when implementing a mezzanine floor and office space into your business. Hopefully after reading this article you feel better prepared to engage with suppliers. We at Nexus offer a full design and build solution for these types of projects and we would be more than happy to discuss your project to see if we can help you implement a successful mezzanine floor and office build into your business.

Key checklist

  • Write a detailed brief of requirements.
  • Research existing projects to help you determine your budget.
  • Ensure a thorough survey takes place, so you don’t get any nasty surprises down the road.
  • Get to know your designer and ask for their portfolio.
  • Ensure you are covering your bases from a principal contractor and designer perspective.
  • Ask for an itemised quotation.
  • Lastly, Have fun! This is a unique opportunity to build a working environment that works for you and your company. Put the effort in at the beginning and save a lot of headache down the line.

OUR DEDICATED MEZZANINE FLOOR PROCESS

Organising a mezzanine floor construction project can be a stressful experience, that’s why here at Nexus, we’ve created our very own process called Nexsteps™. Our dedicated and simple five step process takes care of your project from the initial site survey right through to the build of your project.

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