If you are in the process of planning a new factory or warehouse, there is a lot to take into account; design, functionality and, of course, safety, are all aspects to include and in this article, we will offer some tips to ensure that your new commercial premises are always safe and secure and are designed for productivity.
- Fire Escapes – There must be adequate fire escapes according to the size of the building, which are clearly marked in case of emergency. Of course, the local authority will have to approve the plans and they would be looking at fire safety and would likely inform you of the regulations. For more information, contact your local government office.
- Electrical Safety – If you are using a top-quality electrical switchboard from SQD, your power system will be state of the art and would more than comply with government regulations. This company supplies electrical components for big and small projects, with rated safety cut-out switches and circuit breakers. Fire blankets and foam fire extinguishers should also be present, as electrical fires can break out if the system is overloaded. It is essential to use a qualified and experienced team of electricians to wire up the building
- Fire Resistant Materials – The cladding and roofing should be made from a fire-resistant material that also has good insulation properties and any local commercial builder can recommend aluminium or steel that is fore-resistant. Click here for innovative ways to raise business capital, which might prove useful.
- HVAC Climate Control – Talk to a commercial HVAC company who can actually design the system around the building and with cutting edge technology, your energy use will be acceptable. We have made a lot of progress in the field of heating and ventilation, with very energy efficient systems that require low energy.
- The Future – If an expansion is on the cards within the next 5 years, then you should design the building with space for extending, so you can increase your capacity without having to relocate. If you add 15% to your expected output and build with enough space to install more machinery, it will be much easier to expand your operation, should it become necessary.
- Extra Land – Even if you never use it, land never drops in value and never will and if you can afford an extra few acres, you will one day be very pleased that you had the foresight to do that. It could be used to host a small warehouse for secure storage, something we all need from time to time and if things go really well, there’s enough room for a second plant.
- Solar Energy – Perhaps the best time to install solar panels is when you are building the facility and if your budget allows for even partial use of solar power, this will save you a lot of money in the long term. It is likely that the government would offer some kind of financial incentive to switch to clean and renewable energy, as we are all trying to reduce fossil fuel processes and any business that wishes to use clean energy would be given a grant or some form of concession.
- Mobility – Your new business premises should be disabled-friendly, with ramps in all the right places, while also having at least one disabled toilet. People with mobility issues are often overlooked and when at the design stage, you should ensure that you have this covered. There are local government guidelines for mobility-friendly practices and this information will be on their website.
- Waste Products – If your facility generates waste, this must be taken into consideration when designing the plant and if you contract a local waste management company to collect waste, then create bays at the right locations for easy waste removal.
- The Grounds – You want your exterior to look appealing, with some natural green if possible, with more than ample parking space and a lawn would be nice. Solar powered floor level lighting will be both functional and attractive, indeed, your new facility should be a model for green solutions; people like doing business with green, caring companies and leading by example is always the best way to go.
Make sure you use experienced contractors that have the resources necessary for such a project and don’t rush the design stage and bear all of the above in mind. Your facility will look great, be very energy efficient and require low maintenance and let’s not forget the décor and furnishings.
Planning a commercial build requires a lot of forethought and planning and by making good use of composite materials and solar energy, your new facility will be designed specifically for your business. This will be one of the company’s major investments and will hopefully host your business for many years and the time you spent thinking about design was well worth it.