Mezzanine Floor Guide

Installation phases

Mezzanine flooring projects involve many phases — from site inspection and design through to installation and finishing. Projects run smoother, quicker and more successfully when all these aspects are fully integrated.

In this example project Vanguard tripled the anticipated storage for goods handling at a new £9million facility while maintaining efficiency and meeting building regulations.

Mezzanine floor features

Mezzanine floor diagram

Base plates

Hot-rolled steel with plate size dictated by column load and ground conditions.


Rolled hollow section or structural universal ‘I’ columns. Typically just 100mm2.

Main beam

Universal ‘I’ beams with depth dictated by the design. Can be as little as 152mm.

All the above painted in an air drying enamel paint.

Secondary joists

Inward lipped pre-galvanised ‘C’ section joists cleated into the depth of the main beam.


Standard decking options include 38mm moisture resistant particle board, steel plate and open mesh.

Pallet gates

Up-and-over gates provide a safe loading solution. Steel protection plates with front edge protection are also recommended.


The Building Regulations require safe access, means of escape and DDA compliance.


How the floor is to be used determines the handrail system — from polished stainless steel, industrial, mesh or solid.

Fire rating

The mezzanine structure can be protected via ceilings, fascia boards and column cladding. Fire rating regulations are complex and need to be assessed on an individual basis.

Building regulations

All mezzanine floors require Building Regulation approval.

Vanguard can apply and liaise on your behalf, dealing with Approved Inspectors or direct with Local Authority Building Control.

Mezzanine floor prices

With so many variables it's impossible to give a meaningful mezzanine floor quote without a firm understanding of your aims, site and specific requirements. All Vanguard mezzanine floors are designed and engineered to the highest standards — the price of your mezzanine floor is largely driven by the finish and fittings.

From economical and functional

Baseplates, columns, joists and decking to handle 'normal' loading. Stairs feature rolled stringers and Durbar treads for safe, accessible stairs. Handrails are powder-coated welded steel with composite partitioning.

… to beautifully functional

Columns and joists are higher load bearing. Countersunk baseplates are flush to the floor and decking is moisture-resistant. Stairs feature concealed fixings and flat plate treads, handrails are stainless steel with glass partitioning.

Cost-effective mezzanine floors by design

Our expert team guide you through the decisions you need to make for maximum effectiveness at minimum cost without compromising on quality. Here’s how Vanguard do it:

  • Purchasing power that means better deals on raw material, plant and labour costs.
  • Design and compliance as standard — no hidden charges.
  • Expert advice on location, size and design decisions — from optimised loads/ spans to number/ location of stairs.
  • A dedicated project manager will ensure a smoothly run installation & contract cost control.
  • Building Control applications and regulations compliance expertise at minimal cost.
  • Our designs where possible will negate the need for unnecessary fire protection costs, arising from over-sized floors or excessive travel distances.
  • We are happy to advise on future-proofing your mezzanine flooring to make considerable savings should you need to extend later.

Above all, the best way to reduce the cost of your mezzanine floor is working with Vanguard's design-to-installation experts from the very beginning of your project.

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