WSL was recently approached by a longstanding client with an exciting new project. The client is an extremely successful company that has cornered a niche in the performance and entertainment market.
The client recently ordered a new storage mezzanine floor, to be used to hold stages, cars and stands for bands and shows. This was a large-scale mezzanine, at 40 x 50 metres with two sets of staircases and was designed to be tall with a large set of doors underneath and further storage below. There was also a requirement for four-metre-high mesh separation underneath the mezzanine to separate further storage. Timing was an important factor, as the client was imminently expecting a number of extra stages to store from a show that was about to finish.
WSL was chosen for the work due to their clever design of larger column spans, providing an optimisation of the space along with a secure way of storing the required items. Expert WSL designers were able to engineer the steel work to take the weight of the very large mezzanine along with the extra weight that would be stored on in, producing AutoCAD mezzanine floor plans for the clients to approve prior to work commencing. Site surveys were carried out to ensure that the current floor could take the weight of the mezzanine platform. Building regulations and fire regulations were all incorporated into the design, so that the clients could be sure that the project would be in line with all legislation.
The main steel work for the mezzanine was fabricated and quality checked in the WSL Leeds factory, where mezzanine manufacture is CE rated throughout all parts of the process. It was installed on site over several weeks, with the mezzanine being completed first and then the mesh being installed the following month.
A team that was three or four people strong was on site throughout the installation process, with a project manager visiting twice a week and a site foreman on site at all times to ensure that everything ran smoothly. All Health and Safety practice was adhered to throughout, with a method and risk assessment planned beforehand and provided to the warehouse manager. The customer barrier-ed off the area to ensure that the construction area remained safe throughout.
WSL understands that when running a business, work cannot simply stop while construction work is done. Therefore, on this occasion, WSL pushed back the start date of the installation by three or four days to accommodate the client as they had some work that they needed to complete in the relevant area. WSL also adapted to several design changes as requested by the client through the course of the production.
The end result is a quality mezzanine that is suitable for the storage of large stages and vehicles. This was completed within the three weeks stipulated by the client, meaning that they were able to store the equipment that they had arriving on a deadline. The client is delighted with the quality of the work and the service that they received from WSL throughout the project. They are planning to expand the mezzanine still further and are in talks with the WSL team regarding the best design for their requirements.
Our design consultant David Hollies said
“ We over exceeded the clients expectations and brought the contract in on time and on budget”