Stainless Steel Access Platforms and Gantries

Key benefits

  • 50 years of manufacturing platforms
  • Platform design, manufacture and installation
  • Safety is paramount to our designs
  • We calculate the loads and weights
  • Providing easy access to maintain your equipment
  • Using high grade materials to ensure longevity
  • All platforms, mezzanines and gantries designed and fabricated by the Cox & Plant team

Our proven designs of almost 50 years manufacturing our platforms and gantries from high quality, robust and hygienic materials that can safely be used in food production or pharmaceutical environments to compliment our processing and packing lines.

All platforms, mezzanines and gantries designed and fabricated by the Cox & Plant team submit to structural computations at the project design phase safeguarding our design is appropriately ‘fit for purpose’ for loads that may affect the structure.

  • Installation and site management by our own team
  • Often used in high care environments they are designed with hygiene in mind allowing easy cleaning and minimising bug traps
  • Designed incorporating handrails, staircases, gutters, downpipes and sloped “floating” floors we ensure our gantries and platforms are the complete solution for any food processing environment.
  • A mezzanine/gantry or platform floor offers an affordable and effective solution for creating additional space.
  • You can easily double the floor area of a processor or packing hall, warehouse, or storage unit.
  • A Mezzanine floor is either bolted directly and connected to the existing portal frame of the building or is free-standing (conventional mezzanine)
  • Can be dismantled at a later date and rebuilt if required.
  • The Staircases of a mezzanine floor provide adequate safety for people using the platform levels.
  • Quality bead blast finishes to all stainless steel structures.
  • High-quality powder finish in a RAL-colour of choice to mild steel structures
  • Column grids to 18 meters
  • Loading up to 4,000 kg/m2
  • Guaranteed CE-marked on request
  • All new mezzanine floors are now required to have a minimum of one General Access Stair.

Floor specifications shape

  • Square
  • L-shape
  • U-shape
  • Your own desired layout
  • Custom designs to suit customer requirements
  • We design, manufacture and install in-house
  • Stainless steel construction and fully welded to the highest standards
  • Low maintenance ensures low cost of ownership
  • Industry-standard safety measures taken in design and installation
  • Robust construction

The ground floor slab in modern industrial facilities is specifically designed to withstand substantial heavy static and dynamic loading’s from forklift trucks etc and therefore can readily support the imposed loading’s from a mezzanine floor installation, Cox & Plant recommend a specialist company are engaged to embark on a core sample analysis to ascertain the composition and strength of the slab and the sub soil, for suitability of load.

The Staircases of a mezzanine floor provide adequate safety for people using the platform levels. The stairs need to conform to approved British Standards, particularly when it provides a means of escape in the case of a fire. The stairs should never be used under any circumstances for moving heavy loads. Special lifting equipment should be provided for this purpose (package conveyors or goods lifts ) for example.

The staircase design is covered by  BS5395: Part 1, BS5395: Part 3 and BS5950: Part 5.

All new mezzanine floors are now required to have a minimum of one General Access Stair. Where a floor has only one access stair, it MUST be of the General Access stair. Where a floor has more than one staircase, at least one must be of a General Access type. All other stairs can be deemed to be for escape purposes only and be of the Utility ‘Escape’ stair type.

The width and number of stairs required is dependent on the number of persons using the floor area and travel distances. Where the floor is a plant platform and the only access required is for maintenance, a Utility ‘Access’ stair is acceptable.

Materials for treads should not present a slip hazard, especially when wet.

  • Tread nosing’s should be highlighted with a permanently contrasting material 55mm wide on both the tread and the riser.
  • No doors should swing across landings.
  • The overlap of treads should be no more than 25mm and avoided if possible.
  • There is a continuous handrail on each side of a flight and landings.
  • The vertical height to the top of the upper handrail from the pitch line of the flight of stairs is between 900mm and 1100mm, and from the surface of a landing is between 900mm and 1100mm.
  • The clearance between the handrail and any adjacent wall surface is between 60 and 75 mm.
For more information about our platforms and gantries, or to request a quote for your business, call us now on +44 (0)1384 895 121.