Add value to your workplace by making the most of our consultancy services. We’ll help identify areas to invest and where to save.

The Category A fit out has come of age. Gone are the days when a landlord or property agent can simply add a fresh lick of paint and be ready to rent or sell a commercial building.

These days, users are savvy and will pay close attention to the quality of a fit out.  After all, they’re investing in the building, too – both financially and emotionally – so they need to be sure they are selecting the right space for their needs.

Getting the most from a Category A fit out requires a degree of forethought and a little extra in terms of cost, but you’ll generate better yields for your buildings and happier tenants, too.

Every project is different, which is why ThreeHundredAndSixtyDegrees offers full consultancy on Category A fit outs. That said, there are certain things in common that you should think about.

Before You Start

Changes to a Category A fit out can be costly once a project is already underway, so take the time to research the likely requirements of the building’s users before deciding on specification.

1. How will the local economy use the space? 

2. Who is looking to rent? 

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

Where to Save

With typical costs for a Category A fit out running between £40 to £60 per sq ft (depending on the scope of works, the location of the building and other factors), determine what is truly essential and where you can cut back.

Ceilings – do you need to install them?  With the minimalist trend towards more skeletal buildings you may be able to create a more interesting space by leaving them out, with a potential saving of up to £40/m

Doors - this can often be an expensive part of a Category A fit out project but in some instances painting and applying graphics can breathe new life into old doors, saving around £600 to £1000 per set of doors.

Washrooms – they may need a makeover, but can you retain and re-use any of the existing fittings?

Where to Add Value

Lighting – daylight is a critical factor.  Don’t try and skimp on the artificial lighting, especially if you have limited daylight.

Air conditioning or comfort cooling –  temperature control is always a point of contention, and it will pay to do your research on what a prospective tenant will be expecting, including how they may want to subdivide your space.  A full Air Conditioning installation will typically cost 25% of your overall project value.

Floor finishes – in circulation spaces, a poor choice on floor finishes will make your property look shabby and therefore less appealing.  Plan to invest around £28-£35/m² for better quality materials.

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