Furniture and machinery requires floor or bench space, sometimes
space for moving parts and (crucially) a safe working area (SWA) for
the operator. Many of these details are the subject of statutory
guidance. After initial consultation meetings, TechSoft will prepare
outline layouts and machine specifications to meet the agreed design
Due regard will be taken of statutory regulations and
particularly DfES Building Bulletin 81. Initial layouts will
highlight where additional services are required, and further
drawings and specifications will be prepared for M&E contractors if
appropriate. Where services are fixed, layouts will be created to
optimise work space and minimise costs. After further consultation
(and amendment if needed) we will prepare agreed layout drawings for
TechSoft have ready-prepared CAD drawings showing the ‘footprint’ and SWA (safe working area) for all items on this website where
these dimensions are critical. FF&E contractors, design managers and consultants preparing room layouts themselves will find
these an invaluable tool. A CD containing all the drawings in DXF, DWG & 3VS/DTD (TechSoft Design V3) formats. format is available from TechSoft on
Overlap of Space
These areas can be overlapped and shared between items of the same type (ie., machines or furniture). N.B. All dimensions are in mm.
Clear Working Space
These areas should be kept clear at all times. The exception to this rule is Prep room machines where clear
working spaces can overlap (based on the assumption that only one machine will be operated at a time).
Mechanical & Electrical Specifications
Where appropriate, TechSoft will supply full specification sheets for all machines under consideration. These sheets contain technical specifications for calculating electrical loadings and determining any additional services required.
An installation drawing is also included and, for ease of reference, this shows key electrical specifications and the detail of specific M&E provision needed.