ACCESS FLOORS

Access flooring is a construction element which can be adapted to suit any type of building, be it new or under redevelopment. It is much praised by architects because it is easy to manage and flexible, both in the design stage and when work is underway. This means that planning is not restricted by the limitations of traditional systems and architects can give free rein to their creativity.
Although architects will continue to act as co-ordinators for groups of specialists responsible for different systems, access flooring offers them new freedom as they are no longer forced to interact continually with these specialists, nor follow rigid plans and fixed programmes.


The efficiency of an organized building is conditioned by the funkctionality of its services. For a rational use of the spaces it is of fundamental importance to create an adequate system of networks for services distribution (electricity, lighting, water, conditioned air, hot and chilled water for the air conditioning plant, etc.) for signal transmission (telephone, intercom, telex, data, etc.) and building automation (controls, security systems, fire detection, etc.).
However there is a basic contradiction between the building itself, built to last, unchanged for an extended period of time, and the building services which, of necessity, must change and adapt to the needs of the building user.
The traditional technique of building the services into the structure at least in part (cables, pipes, ducts, etc.) places a very severe restriction on the dynamic evolution of the offices.
Uniflair raised access floor provides a radical and uncompromising solution to these problems by creating, beneath its surface, a giant services duct, as big as each floor itself, free from constrains and accessible at any point at any moment.
The networks of building services can be freely planned and installed with optimum layouts, on the sub-floor itself, and even after the buildersī work is completed. Apart from simplifying and rendering more accurate the building programme, this new way of working can dramatically reduce construction and fitout times. Moving any services outlet becomes cheap amd simple operation, accomplished in minutes with minimum disruption.
It is therefore easy to understand why access floor, a synthesis of high quality prefabrication techniques without aesthetic or functional sacrifices, permits construction and fit-out costs to be significantly reduced in comparison with traditional methods.
The refurbishment of existing buildings, or conversion of industrial buildings to office accomodation, can often be more demanding than trying to build from scratch. The need to accommodate all the new services, copes with differnces in levels and other physical constrains, frequently requires extensive demolition and rebuilding work above and beyond that budgeted, both in terms of cost and time.
The cavity under a Uniflair raised floor, on the other hand, can accommodate all the services without adversely affecting the building work, and can be laid after all the “wet” trades have finished (plasters, painters, etc.), providing a level finished floor surface on every floor.
The components of Uniflair access floor have been designed with particular attention to detail when it comes to all aspects of safety. The properties of fire resistance (up to 100 minutes of direct exposure, depending on panel type), electrical continuity (the substructure can be used as an earthing grid), static and dynamic load – bearing, as well as antistatic properties, are all of the highest order, and documented by the appropriate laboratory test certificates.

 

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