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Office Fit Out

An office fit out describes the process by which an interior space is made suitable for people to move into and utilise. It is the stage which follows base construction and is normally completed by a specialist who has been selected by the owner or occupant of the workspace.

A fit out enables the tenants to transform the space from an empty shell into a working environment which has been designed and configured in a way which will improve factors such as productivity, ergonomics, collaboration and wellbeing.

Depending on the specification or level of requirement, this process typically takes between 6 and 12 weeks and differs significantly from an office refurbishment project. Although fit out and refurb are two phrases which are commonly used interchangeably, they actually have different procedures and objectives. While a fit out is about designing and building a new space, a refurbishment is more about rethinking the aesthetic or function of an existing space.

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As part of our award-winning service and expertise, we provide office fit out 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 and staff wellbeing.

Many people worry that an office fit out will cause a great deal of 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.

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Types of 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.

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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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How much does an office fit out cost?

No two projects are ever the same which means there isn’t one prescriptive price list to refer to. One client may be looking to create and furnish a breakout area into their existing space, while another might be moving into whole new premises which needs new ceilings and electrics.

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.

For more information on price guidelines, get in touch to speak to one of our Manchester and Liverpool based office fit out experts. Alternatively, head over to our blog for more detail on typical office fit out prices.

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