Avanta UK have recently completed a large scale mezzanine floor project for the Louth cardboard packaging plant of a leading packaging company.

About The Customer
The Client is not only one of the Europe’s leading producers of customer-specific packaging solutions, they are also are Europe’s second largest producer of containerboard. They operate along the whole supply-cycle, from the raw materials to the high-quality finished product. The emphasis is on state-of-the-art design and local service close to food, non food and industrial customer facilities in Europe.

The Requirement
As part of of a wider scheme to increase production, storage and office space in a 24 hour site that was operating to capacity, Avanta UK were set the task of designing and installing 3x mezzanine floors to create office space and additional storage.
The main challenge of this project was to integrate the floor columns into a revised conveyor layout whilst the site was still operational 24/7. This meant a comprehensive detailed column design was required to fit with existing and the new conveyors whilst maintaining the load capacity of the floor. This meant having to lose columns in certain areases and using different beams.

Avanta designed and supplied the following 3x floors: –
Floor 1 = 560 Sq Metres
Floor 2 = 160 Sq Metres
Floor 3 = 83 Sq Metres

Floor number 1 had to have a 90 degree stair case for access within restricted space and floors 2 and 3 were joined together. One of the Avanta floors was joined to an existing floor.

The office space on the upper floor level was created using double skin steel partitioning with a suspended ceiling supported by “c” section purlins. The upstairs layout incorporated individual and communal offices and meeting rooms. The front of the office was finished in steel / glass / steel partitions.

A complex and challenging project with the position of the existing machines and the integration of the new machines and conveyors all achieved within timescales and budgets set.

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