As with any industry, the office fit out, refurbishment and relocation sector has its own selection of industry terminology that can be confusing to those not familiar with the project phases that take place. We would like to explain, in good old plain English, what these terms mean and how they affect office fit outs of all shapes and sizes.
Shell & Core Fit Out
The Shell & Core phase is the initial phase of any building fit out. It is a vital part of any project and covers the essential elements that must be in place prior to the bespoke requirements. The Shell & Core phase will apply to the basic structure of your building and usually encompasses most communal areas including stairwells, lifts, toilets, lobbies and receptions.
Once this first phase is complete you will be left with a bare ‘shell’ that is prepared and ready for phase 2 to commence.
Category A Fit Out
The Category A (Cat A) fit out is the second phase of your office refurbishment. It is important to remember that each and every project differs in size and requirements, therefore the Cat A elements may vary depending on the client’s wishes and any site or landlord restrictions.
Generally the Cat A phase is where the building structure itself starts to take shape in preparation for the final stages. It could involve items such as:
- Raised floors
- Suspended ceilings
- Mechanical and electrical services including air conditioning and lighting
- Health and safety features such as fire detection and protection
- General decoration to the perimeter walls
All these vital tasks must be completed as planned before the more visible office fit out installation can take place.
Category B Fit Out
The Category B (Cat B) fit out is usually the most exciting part for our clients. This is where you can clearly see your vision become reality as your new working environment is created. Again, each and every project is different and we tailor our services accordingly, but the final Cat B phase will usually include the installation of:
- Reception areas
- Cellular offices
- Meeting and conference rooms
- Communication rooms
- Refreshment and break out areas
- Partitions and doors
- Floor finishes
- Electrical elements including power and data, specialist lighting and AV equipment
- Branding and graphics
Once this final phase is complete there can be some post project tasks to consider such as snagging and maintenance, but at this point you should be enjoying the many benefits of your newly refurbished working area.
As with any major project, planning and communication are both key to a successful conclusion. Here at Zentura our experienced project managers are prepared to offer invaluable advice and guide you through each phase of your project. They will work in close partnership with your team to deliver a methodical and tightly managed office fit out, causing minimal disruption to your day-to-day business.
To find out more about how we can alleviate much of the stress and inconvenience often associated with major projects of this kind, please contact us today. Let our years of experience ensure that your office relocation or refurbishment runs smoothly and results in a greatly improved working environment with tangible benefits to your business operation.