There are three types of fit out; shell and core, Category A and Category B, let's look at each in more detail:
Shell & Core
A developer may complete a building without any type of interior fit out. In this case you will be left with the empty shell of an office with exposed concrete ceilings and wiring with only communal areas finished to any particular standard. A Category A or B fit-out will be necessary in this scenario in order to turn your office into an environment which can meet your needs.
You will need a category A fit-out if only the shell & core of your building has been completed or your building infrastructure is no longer fit for your business needs. ‘Cat A’ fit-outs only cover your basic needs such as:
- Mechanical and electrical services – i.e. network cable wiring, power outlets etc.
- Basic internal finishes such as floor coverings and ceilings.
- Fire safety features such as alarms and extinguishers
A category A is typically what a landlord would complete to be able to let or sell a space to a new occupier. This enables each occupier to complete a Category B fit-out to their own requirements.
A ‘Cat B’ fit-out is where a company designs and builds a space around their specific requirements. No two office fit-out projects are the same and therefore a Cat B fit-out gives a company the flexibility to design a space as they wish.
Cat B fit outs would normally include:
- Power and data installations
- Partitions and doors
- Bespoke joinery such as meeting booths and bars
- Breakout and kitchen spaces
- Brand signage and detailing
- Modifications to existing lighting and HVAC systems
- Meeting and collaborative areas
- Specialist lighting and AV equipment
- Furniture and flooring/carpeting
This is not a comprehensive list by any means and each of these fittings can be of a varying standard, from functional to bespoke, tailored to your business requirements depending on your budget. A ‘Cat B’ fit out is an opportunity to create a space which truly reflects your company’s vision and branding, incorporating design elements which can maximise productivity meanwhile nurturing employee wellbeing and ensuring your employees won’t want to go home!