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Three Tiers of Success

Extra: SIVA Group

Image002aA Hampshire Company has successfully installed a three tier plant platform for SIVA Group in Southampton over an existing pallet conveyor system. This feat of Project Management and Design was done by Hampshire Mezzanine Floors, the local Mezzanine and Plant floor specialists.

The main challenge to both the client and Hampshire Mezzanine was to ensure that all aspects of health and safety were incorporated into a fast track programme. This enabled Siva sufficient time to utilise the additional space on all levels to install their new production plant equipment, which is part of their major investment programme at their Woolston site.

SIVA GROUP 019aThe Plant included plastic processing hoppers stored at over 12m high within the actual roof steels of the building, these feed plastic component down through special holes in the floor to the lower tiers for mixing and distribution. When the original Plans were submitted to Hampshire Mezzanine of the required structure it resembled something that NASA may have designed for the next space station mission rather than a three tier mezzanine floor!

SIVA GROUP 004The platform was pre-fabricated away from site by HMF to enable a quick installation time on site to minimise disruption to SIVA. HMF utilised mechanical handling and scissor lifts to erect the structure safely. HMF carry out major projects nationally to CDM Standards and often are the Main Contractor on a complete building re-fit.

The in-house design team at Hampshire Mezzanine overcame not only health and safety considerations but also designed the structure to comply with the Governments BRE Digest 437 which ensures all Mezzanine Floors and Plant Platforms are of safe engineered design principals forming a stable free standing structure. This is one of the largest three tier plant platforms in the Southampton Area and has been designed to be extended should additional space be required in the future.

Hampshire Mezzanine Sales Director advised that “any resemblance to the next NASA Space Station is purely co-incidental”