Various sectors, from manufacturing to warehouse distribution and storage, often find that they need to maximise the space available to them. Whether it’s to cope with increased business demands or to accommodate a new facet of the business, companies need simple yet effective solutions to provide them with the space they need.
One common option that is often considered is a conventional extension and expansion project. However, Westgate have seen companies including Kingsland Drinks, Hydram and Egger UK all maximise internal space to overcome the changing needs of the business.
In this article we review the disadvantages of extensions and discuss how Flexiwall partitioning from Westgate overcomes problems associated with traditional partitioning methods; offering an alternative option to create the space you need.
Disadvantages of extensions
Depending on the size and scale of the expansion, it can take up to a year to prepare (including finalising the plans and then submitting planning permission if required) and then several months to build. This is of course no good if time is of the essence and the space is needed much before this.
Often when things take up a lot of time, they often take up a lot of cost and a traditional expansion is no different. It is a large investment for any business and can be tricky if tight budgets need to be adhered to.
Choosing to expand your premises is a permanent consideration and one not available if you are hiring premises, something regularly seen in the warehouse sector. Once in place the extension is a permanent feature that cannot easily be adapted if the needs of the business change.
A traditional extension requires extensive groundworks which can be majorly disruptive to existing processes, lengthen the project timescales and in-turn, prove costly.
Advantages of a Flexiwall partition for maximising space
Using a Flexiwall partition for space segregation is beneficial because unlike a typical extension, the installation process is quick. Additionally, there is minimal disruption when installation occurs which means normal processes can remain unaffected and carry on as usual. A typical Flexiwall installation can happen in a number of days rather than weeks or even months.
Flexiwall is manufactured from reinforced PVC or glass cloth material making it a cost effective solution in comparison to traditional partitioning methods and certainly more cost effective then an extension project!
Permanent but relocatable
One of the main benefits of a Flexiwall partition is that whilst they are permanent, they are also easily relocatable and adaptable. This provides much needed flexibility and means that should the needs of the business change further they can adapt without major disruption.
Uses minimal floor space once installed
Traditional partitions, especially in tall buildings require a reasonable footprint to support the structure, thus reducing floor space rather than maximising it! A Flexiwall partition removes this problem as it is lightweight and suspended from the ceiling. At ground level battens are used to tension the wall, which only require millimetres of floor space.
Can be used for specialised purposes
Industrial partitioning can be produced to cope with certain situations that can be specific to some sectors. For example the materials used have various properties that can be beneficial in various areas such as anti-fungal, food safety, flame resistant (BS5438-1976), thermal and anti-static.