Active Supply & Design have recently added a major retailer to their enviable client list. This relatively new entrant to the home goods retail sector is looking to quickly expand throughout the country, and was seeking a new partner for the supply and installation of mezzanine floors within their newly opened stores. In addition to seeking more cost effective solutions to their requirements, this major retailer was looking for a company that are able to deliver projects within specific timeframes and to budget. The time aspect is vital to the retail industry, ensuring that other contractors are not compromised and possible delays don’t impact on opening schedules.

Over the last 12 months Active have supplied several floors to this national retailer, varying in size from 1,000m2 up to 2,500m2 in various locations throughout the country. Due to the nature of the retail environment large column spans of more than 6 metres are required in addition to decorative stainless steel and glass handrail to the perimeters of floors. Also factored in to the design of the floors were special support beams, to accept the various loads imposed by escalators.

All the design work including structural calculations was performed at Active’s Cheshire based office, with timescales and specification being agreed with the client prior to manufacture of the steelwork. Lead times were critical, with steelwork required to be on site three weeks from the client taking possession of the buildings. This three-week period allowed other trades to prepare the buildings for Active’s arrival and the subsequent installation of the mezzanine floor.

Active commenced work at the appointed time, with all works being completed within the allotted timescales and to CDM regulations. As always, various safety measures were implemented during the build of the floors including safety netting and temporary handrail. Site-specific risk assessments and method statements were produced for each site, with inductions for the installation teams to help ensure health and safety matters are addressed correctly.

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