Landlord's CAT A Refurbishment

Deciding to undertake an office refurbishment for your property is no small decision, but a Category A fit out can transform a building into a space that is more attractive to potential occupants.

An office refurbishment can alter a basic shell into a habitable workspace by upgrading facilities such as the toilets and kitchens and ensuring that the suspended ceilings, lighting and raised floors are all compliant with building regulations. 

Office renovation is an investment, but by using Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees’ office refurbishment services and consultancy, we’ll help you identify where you need to spend money, where you can save money and how to maximise the returns on the office refurbishment costs.

For your Category A office alterations, you need to consider:

  • The raised floors and suspended ceilings
  • Mechanical and electrical services including air-conditioning and ventilation (HVAC)
  • Fire detection services and smoke alarms
  • Plumbing
  • Basic decoration

There’s a lot to think about, but your potential tenants will notice any shortcomings in the office refurb, and so for your property to be an attractive prospect for them, quality is essential. 

Before You Start

To get the most from your Category A fit out, you need to have a comprehensive understanding of how the building is likely to be used by tenants. Research how local properties are being used, contact property agents to see where the demand lies in the neighbourhood.

1. How will the local economy utilise the space?

2. Who is looking to rent?

3. What needs do they have that aren’t currently met by buildings in the local area?

The answers to these questions will dictate the level of office refurbishment service that you require.

Landlord's CAT A Fit Out & Refurbishment

Where to Save

Depending on the scope of works, the location of the building and other factors, the average costs for a Category A fit out can cost between £40 to £60 per sq ft. You need to be able to determine what is vital to the office refurb, and where you can make savings.

Ceilings: With the minimalist trend towards more skeletal buildings, you may be able to create a more interesting space by leaving them out and exposing pipework, etc.

Doors: A set of doors can cost between £600 and £1,000, but painting and applying graphics can rejuvenate and restore them to their former glory.

Washrooms: Although they may need a makeover, older styles of bathroom fittings can be re-used and incorporated into the design. 

Where to Add Value

There are some aspects of an office refurb that you cannot afford to get wrong, and they require investment.

Lighting: Good lighting is essential for an office environment, and your office refurb should do everything to maximise the reach of the natural daylight.

Air conditioning or comfort cooling: An office that is too hot in summer or too cold in winter is one way to lose tenants. Temperature control is essential for the modern office space.  A full air conditioning installation will typically cost 25% of your overall project value.

Floor finishes: Other than the walls, the floors are the most visible part of your property, and a poor choice on floor finishes will make your property look shabby and therefore less appealing.

Category A fit outs provide the bare bones of a working space, a blank canvas which can then be utilised by your tenants for their own business needs. Tenants now have higher expectations and more choice as to where they locate their business. You need your building to go above and beyond to attract and keep tenants.

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