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December 11, 2010

How mezzanine floors can make you money

Single storey Edwardian industrial building

Building before alterations

A shrewd and visionary client has demonstrated how quality mezzanine floors can be profitable even in today’s tough trading conditions.

We were approached by a long standing client who had purchased an Edwardian industrial building. The building was an old single storey warehouse building with a low eaves height and a steel trussed rafter roof.

The previous owners had attempted to make use of the roof void by fitting two secondhand mezzanine floors, one made of scaffolding and domestic 18mm chipboard, the second from a modified used industrial mezzanine, neither compliant with building regulations and therefore presenting a number of issues. The bottom chords of the roof trusses were located at waist height, making the roof space difficult to use, and one chord had been cut out to enable a staircase to be fitted. The building was severely compromised by these shortcomings enabling our client to obtain it on favourable terms.

Whilst negotiations were underway our client approached us and asked us to look at the feasibility of redesigning the building to incorporate a raised roof and new mezzanine flooring in compliance with or exceeding the latest standards with a view to commercial letting of the completed unit.

Llonsson Ltd provided a design for a flexible scheme based around a new steel building frame with integral mezzanine floor, offering a good quality finish and enabling the building to be used in many different ways to make it attractive to as wide a potential market as possible, and provided budget costings.

The proposal was accepted, and Llonsson submitted a planning and building regulations application for the scheme, which received approval in due course from the local authority.

The new design retained the original London stock brick building structure and steel roof trusses (repaired) to maintain the character of the original building, but raised the roof by eight feet. The redesign also offered the latest thermal performance and disabled access arrangements.

Llonsson manufactured and installed the steel frame and mezzanine floor and project managed construction and fit out in accordance with our design.

The CDM (Construction Design & Management) regulations applied to this project and Llonsson Ltd worked alongside our advisors, D&E Associates, and client to ensure that the project was undertaken in compliance with all statutory obligations.

Single storey buiding with new steel frame and integral mezzanine

After refurbishment

Upon completion the building was put on the market and let shortly afterwards. The tenants were attracted by the quality and flexibility offered by the space which could not be matched in the location, and the unit remains let in the face of current economic circumstances, having given our client a development profit and continues to contribute to his pension fund at a rate exceeding 10% per annum.

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