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Education Facility Meets Latest DDA Requirements

Extra: Paragon and ITE Training

Hampshire Mezzanine Floors (HMF) of Southampton carried out the complete fitout of a building for the Paragon and ITE Training Group to comply to the latest Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and energy efficiency standard.

Paragon also used HMF for their Weymouth and Yeovil branches recently.

HMF fitted a platform lift to enable wheelchair access to the mezzanine first floor.

An ambulant staircase was also introduced as the main reception staircase with closed treads and ambulant mid-landing.

Disabled toilet facilities and access consideration was also designed into the project by HMF to ensure Paragon and ITE comply with the latest DDA standards.

HMF had to design and build the entire project, including the complete electrical and mechanical installation for the building with energy saving invertor type air conditioning systems, saving Paragon and ITE in future running costs and also helping to protect the environment.

The work included the introduction of a large mezzanine floor within half the building to double the effective classroom and educational requirements.

24The £400K project included the complete conversion of an old fabrication works into these state of the art educational premises in only 14 weeks.

Building Regulation Approval & Planning Permissions for all the work was also administrated by Hampshire Mezzanine Floors within this short period.

The mezzanine floor was a very high specification with a service void incorporating air conditioning & ventilation to meet Building Regulations requirements.

HMF modified the outside of the building to accommodate new windows for natural light & ventilation on the first mezzanine floor level of the building.

Over a quarter of a mile of partitions were erected by HMF and a massive acoustic ceiling was fitted to form new classrooms, offices, toilets and stores, complete with over 5 miles of power and trucking fitted and hundreds of lights.

The project has now been completed both on time and on budget.

HMF’s Managing Director Angus Rewcastle advised that “this achievement was a credit to the HMF team and sub-contractors who worked on the site.  Also, to the professional approach to the project by the Paragon and ITE management team”.