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Office Fit Out

As part of our award-winning expertise, we provide office fit out services in Manchester and Liverpool across a range of industries and sectors. We get to know your specific requirements and then apply our user-focused, end-to-end approach to plan, design and deliver innovative workspaces which enhance collaboration, efficiency, productivity, ergonomics and employee wellbeing.

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Why we’re one of the leading office fit out companies in the North West

We combine our expertise and experience with leading insight into current interior design trends and an extensive knowledge of product development to truly transform workspaces. Our research and knowledge are an integral part of how we continually innovate our offering and improve the modern working environment.

Many people worry that a workplace fit out or office refurbishment will cause disruption and impact the daily running of the business but our dedicated team of experts strive to ensure this isn’t the case. Your Penketh Group Project Manager will be your single point of contact to handle every detail and ensure that your project is delivered on time and within budget. We will be with you every step of the way to provide you with peace of mind throughout the process and then become a partner beyond the project, offering value-added support and aftercare services.

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The different types of office interior fit out

Category A fit out

Cat A office fit out is the first stage in the development of the space and offers a standard level of finish before implementing Cat B elements. This process typically includes bespoke features such as suspended ceilings, raised floors and partition walls, as well as mechanical and electrical installations such as fire alarms and air conditioning. This part of the process enables you to evaluate and maximise the use of the space and introduce new work settings such as breakout areas and social spaces.

Read more about the new CAT A+ trend.

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Category B fit out

Cat B fit out is where personalisation of the space really comes into place with things like fabrics, colour, specialist lighting and brand manifestation. It’s at this point that the installation of office furniture, kitchens and any AV or technology will take place. This is when your workspace comes to life and initial concepts become a reality.

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Frequently asked questions


What is an office fit out?

An office fit out is the process through which a commercial interior space is made suitable for use. It comes in three main categories: Shell & Core, Cat A and Cat B, each of which denotes varying levels of finish and specification. Fit out covers everything from raised flooring and suspended ceilings to air conditioning systems, specialist lighting and the final snagging process.


How much can a workplace fit out cost?

No two projects are ever the same which means there isn’t one prescriptive price list to refer to. However, costs can usually be broken down into three main categories – Standard, Mid-Level and High Spec – which can range from around £10-15 per sq. ft to more than £50 per sq. ft, plus the costs of furniture and technology. Pricing is normally done on a project by project basis.

Read our blog on typical office fit out costs to find out more.


What type of office fit out do I need?

Deciding between Shell & Core, Cat A, Cat B or even the new Cat A+ is the first challenge in the fit out process. Analysing your current workplace issues, the state of your existing space and framing your ambitions for the future is a great way to hone in on exactly what it is you need. Perhaps it’s a full reconfiguration of the workspace layout, or maybe it’s just a refresh of your furniture portfolio.

Read more about CAT A+ on the blog.


How long will my office refit take?

There isn’t a strict set of timescales to refer to as the length of time it takes to complete a fit out will vary from project to project. A typical project can take anything from 6-12 weeks, depending on the scale, requirements and any hurdles that are experienced along the way. The fit-out process isn’t just about the physical elements – it also encompasses aspects such as workshopping, creating briefs, picking fabrics & finishes as well as sign off and snagging.

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Come and enjoy a coffee with us at our showroom in the heart of central Manchester, where you can explore innovative workspace settings, industry trends and the latest product developments in action.

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Head Office: 0151 737 5000 Manchester Showroom: 0161 200 6990

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