is Raised Access Flooring?
The cabling and cooling requirements of early mainframe computers
led to the birth of Raised Access Flooring - in simple terms panels (which
are normally 600mm square) supported at the corners with pedestals
down to the structural floor. This creates an accessible under floor
void through which cables, ventilation and other services can be
The increasing demands for flexibility and information technology
in the workplace have brought Raised Access Flooring into offices, Police
Stations, colleges, hospitals and many other environments.
Why do I need raised access flooring?
The office environment has changed in the way that employees work.
These changes include fewer private offices, more open-plan workstations,
more modular furniture systems, and more shared areas for project
teams. Today’s office worker typically requires access to
data cables as well as telephone and power outlets. All of these
requirements and changes need increased flexibility and a strategy
to reduce the rate of churn and the cost of continually reconfiguring
Raised access flooring provides the answer by creating a fully accessible
floor void in the room through which cables and/or ventilation can
be run. Telephone, data, and power outlets can be mounted directly
in floor panels, and these panels can be relocated quickly and easily
for rapid reconfiguration.
Raised access floors are designed into new buildings and can usually be
accommodated into existing buildings, built before the demands of
the modern workplace, as part of a refurbishment project.
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for the most suitable raised access system for your application.