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How much does an office fit-out cost?

Typically, we say that costs are from £40 – £70 per square foot. However, there are a number of key factors that can affect how much your office fit-out ends up costing.

When budgeting we firstly point towards a cost calculator which helps give you an idea of all the different costs associated with an office fit-out. This quick calculation helps you obtain a cost for your project and is a great place to start to initially sense check whether your budget will meet your expectations.

By inputting data, it provides a specific idea of what cost you’d be looking at to complete the works selected. Try Officeinsight’s new office fit-out calculator tool today.

It’s also helpful to be mindful of what other aspects of an office fit-out can significantly affect the cost of a fit-out project:

  • Type of project
  • Level of specification required
  • M&E elements

At Officeinsight, our service caters for a variety of different needs, from refurbishing a completely new office space to completing a refit of an existing space. Check out more what we do here.

Definition of an office refurbishment:

An office refurbishment is a refreshing of an existing space. Usually, this space has become outdated and is no longer meeting your business’ needs, whether these be a need to increase suitability towards sustainable practices or prepare for a new era of working trends such as flexible working or remote working. The aim of a refurbishment is to upgrade your existing space into a totally new and improved space so that your business is no longer hindered by a lack of productivity or low morale.

Definition of an office fit-out:

An office fit-out includes both an office refurbishment (an upgrading of an existing space) and also when a business moves into a new space which they want fitting out with new furniture. There are three main types of office fit-outs that we deal with and these are CAT A, CAT B and CAT A+. 

Generally, a basic specification of furniture can be an effective cost saving method as bespoke items such as joinery, washrooms and specialist lighting can increase costs. However, there is a diverse selection of different fittings that would fall into the average specification which can be worked together to create a stunning office space.

Mechanical and electrical elements (M&E) can have quite a large impact on your fit-out costs, depending on what state existing systems are in. Examples of mechanical systems include plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems and electrical systems include lighting and power supply, electrical equipment. With M&E being such an important part of a building, there is often at least one aspect that is replaced in order to ensure that the end product is at the highest quality.

Carlie Dunbar

Written on the 23rd May 2024 by

Working behind the scenes, Carlie assists with the purchasing and setting up of new projects and looks after day-to-day tasks within the office.

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