Modern offices are designed for optimum efficiency and convenience, whilst maintaining the wellbeing of the occupants. Increasingly complex building services need to be accommodated and easily accessible as business needs change or technology advances. Raised access floor systems are the perfect solution for today’s fast paced office environments.
The basic requirements for commercial offices forms a lengthy list. Extensive computer networks, power, the latest communications systems, comfortable heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as security systems and plumbing are all essential. Leased offices are subject to regular reconfiguration as tenants change. Owner occupied spaces need regular maintenance of building services, or reconfiguration as business needs develop.
The provision of an easily accessed void below the floor is ideal for rapid, cost effective service. It ensures minimum disruption to office functions, compared to routing services through ceiling voids. Working at height within ceilings also presents associated health and safety considerations, which are effectively eliminated by access flooring.
Full access raised floor systems, such as Indigo and Crimson, offer optimum flexibility. Every panel can provide access to the service void. Even the most extensive cabling infrastructure can be maintained easily and quickly. From call centres and trading rooms, through to commercial and public sector offices, raised access floors offer perfect versatility. Power and data outlet boxes can be quickly relocated. The associated cables can be added or re-routed with ease, with little or no disruption to the office tasks.
The service void created can also be used for natural and forced ventilation systems. AFD supplies a wide range of perforated panels and purpose made air grilles to replace floor panels, for full control of air distribution with the office environment.
For core areas such as reception, lift lobbies, washrooms and corridors, AFD offers Knauf GIFAfloor from stock. This partial access hollow floor system continues to provide void access through service hatches. Knauf GIFAfloor also provides a stable, monolithic surface that is ideal for premium, continuous floor finishes. So stone or wood surface finishes can be used without concerns of floor movement.
AFD offers raised access floors with a wide choice of finishes. As standard, panels are factory bonded with hard wearing vinyl or high pressure laminate from stock. Bare panels are also available to accept loose lay carpet tiles. In addition, a wide range of other materials can be factory bonded on request. This includes rubber, natural timber, ceramic, carpet and metal chequer plate, suitable for public spaces through to executive offices and boardrooms.
Take a look at the RIBA NBS guide to discover more about applications using raised access floors.
AFD’s extensive range includes full access raised floor systems, partial access hollow floor systems and dry screed boards - all from stock. Plus all the essential items required to complete any project, from pedestals and stringers through to adhesives and lifters. We can even offer spares for existing and legacy systems. Take a closer look at our wide range of products below.
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