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KINGSPAN ACCESS FLOORS - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

Kingspan Access Floors – the world leader in the access flooring sector and the only access flooring company in the UK that has been in existence long enough to be able to stand by our 25 year Total System Warranty.

Their history goes right back to 1903 and our workforce of today now has a combined total of more than 2,000 years of service and experience in the industry. They have a proud tradition of helping to add the finishing touches to some of the most prestigious buildings in the UK and throughout the world.

Kingspan Access Floors is ISO 9001:2008 accredited for both its manufacturing and installation operations. Their highly automated factory in Hull can produce more than 170,000 floor panels per week – all designed and manufactured to the latest industry standards and backed up by our industry-leading in-house product testing and technical support facilities.

Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build for a scheme that incopratates a home office or as a central hub for many smart control & media systems.  

Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

Raised Access Floors: Four Benefits

Here are four reasons you'll love Raised Access Floors:


Since maintaining a highly optimized temperature is critical, raised access floors provide unique cooling capabilities. Basically, raised access floor can act as a plenum for cool, conditioned air to distribute uniformly beneath the equipment center. They reduce contact between the floor and the concrete foundation, and allow conditioned air to be dispersed upward more effectively and accurately through carefully-spaced diffuser tiles and ducts. Cool air can also be harnessed from chilled pipes running beneath the floor.

Fire Suppression

Let's face it-what's inside your data center is precious and often mission-critical, and you can't just rely on smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler heads to protect it. Unfortunately, since data centers require such an enormous amount of power to run continually, and since the centers maintain such a high density of cables and circuits, fire-risk will almost invariably be high. 

Raised access floors help suppress fire risk in two primary ways:

  • The flooring is noncombustible, providing an excellent fire barrier between the equipment up top and the cables below. Automatic fire shutoffs can be installed underneath to keep fires from spreading.
  • The floors provide exceptional copper grid grounding capabilities and electrical continuity.


Since most raised access floors are built with a series of lightweight and interchangeable tiles, the design provides a tremendous amount of flexibility and adaptability. In data centers, where equipment is frequently added and updated, this flexibility makes it easy to improve, modify and adapt data center design without a major disruption to operations. Wire management and repairs can be done without ladders.


Raised access floors are modern, sleek, and clean-providing ample space for sub-floor power cabling-which is especially important for facility tours with important clients and customers. In other words, instead of a mass of tangled cords and power lines, your data center will look efficient and professional.