Moving into a new office workspace can be both exciting but equally daunting as it will have an impact on your company’s financials, stress and operations. Before you even think of signing the contract and booking your removal van, you need to be clear on what level your new building will be passed over to you. Asking the right questions and identifying the category can make a huge difference both financially and for meeting deadline dates.
Here at SPF Projects, we like to keep things simple, ensuring our clients have full awareness of the workflow from start to finish. Office fit out jargon is great if you are in the industry and can plan accordingly but outside of that, it can become a confusing bubble with massive consequences attached.
Let us take you through some simple terms for category A and category B for your office fit out, making you more confident to be prepared for your office fit out project.
The Shell and Core Fit Out Stage
If you hear this term from the developer, landlord or contractor, this basically means that the building has been completed from the exterior look but internally, it is a space which is basically an empty shell inside.
You will need to design your office from a fit out point of view, based on concrete floors and exposed ceilings. The office area will basically be stripped to the minimum but shared areas such as reception, lifts and communal toilets may be completed however, it is best to check with the developer or landlord.
Note: this is a good blank canvas start but overall, you will need to factory into your budget and allow for more work to be completed.
Category A Fit Out Stage
If your office area has been completed to category A level, this means that the finish is to basic level. Typical work will include raised floors or flooring, suspended ceilings, fire detection services, air-conditioning, ventilation and internal surfaces. The office space will include mechanical and electrical installation services.
Note: It is always good to take photographs of any building prior to any work commencing. Retain in your files for future use as your landlord may request for the space to be returned back to the category A level before vacating. This way you have guidance and evidence for future planning.
Category B Fit Out Stage
If you are informed the office workspace is completed to category B stage, this will mean the area is completed and ready for your staff to move into. This doesn’t mean that the workspace is fit for your operations with regards to your demands or needs, it purely means that the fittings and floorings are complete.
This is where you will need to look at designs and how you will maximise the space for your day to day functions, considering staff, privacy, storage, safety, welfare facilities and company image such as branding.
If your category B workspace has the basic needs, you will then be required to consider your operational outputs and how you will adapt this space to create a better working environment for your staff.
A good contractor will work with you to offer support on:
- Making the best out of your space for storage solutions
- Design and guide best practice for installing office partitioning for training rooms, hot desk areas or confidential rooms
- Improve or add welfare areas such as tea breaks or canteen, offering your workspace an inviting and place to relax for break time
- Check sockets, lighting and IT infrastructure to ensure they are placed appropriately and to meet the needs of your workers, technology and operations. This can be adapted and added within the office fit out design
Note: design, planning and expertise is vital to completing a successful office fit out project whether it is shell, category A or category B stage.
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