When someone mentions the term ‘commercial fit out’, one would understandably assume office fit-out, but on the contrary commercial fit-outs represent not only offices but all businesses such as retail, hospitality, restaurant, gym, dental, medical, pharmacy, veterinary, bar & club, barber & salon, childcare.
But what exactly is a commercial fit-out?
It’s a construction term for getting a space ready for an occupant. This includes elements such as interior walls, electrical, lighting, flooring, furnishings, and any other improvements necessary.
There are 3 different types of fit-outs. These include:
- Shell & Core
This refers to the bare concrete walls and floor and exposed ceiling. From here, the tenant/owner would have to decide between a Category A or Category B fit-out to finish the space.
- CATEGORY A
This is a basic landlord fit-out, which gives the tenant a blank canvas to work with. It usually includes raised floors, suspended ceilings, basic mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, fire detection, internal surface finishes, and blinds.
- CATEGORY B
This is when a tenant puts their stamp on the space; adding in bespoke areas and workspaces they need in order to function/ grow and creating their personal culture within the space. Category B usually includes partitioning, carpeting, lighting, furniture, air-conditioning, kitchens, reception, meeting rooms and breakout spaces, IT services, finishes & branding.
Why should I hire a designer for a commercial fit-out?
In short, an Architect/ Interior Designer really knows what they’re doing when it comes to fit-outs. They possess the technical skills and industry knowledge necessary to get the job done to the highest standard and on time and on budget, meeting build codes and regulations. They will know how to make the most out of your space- with top furniture solutions selected depending on the way your company works, and also know what materials should be used for particular areas (i.e. wipeable fabrics, anti-stain fabrics, non-slip tiles etc.) They will also know the best approach for your project, working with timelines and coordination with construction teams. They will also be on hand in the final stages to check everything built, installed, and procured is up to the intended standards.
In hiring a professional, you will save a lot of stress, time, and money.