Before we talk about the difference between the categories,it's also important to mention the shell and core. This refers to the completed framework of the building; the concrete and metal frame of an enclosed space, with nothing else inside. If you were to look at the building from the exterior, everything looks completed and intact. The interior though is completely bare (save for the shell and core we've just mentioned). This gives office designers the perfect opportunity to paint on a blank canvas, helping the business to realise its ideal design without any restrictions.
Category A fit out refers to a 'basic landlord fit out'. This includes the installation of the building's electrical and mechanical services(the air conditioning, heating, lighting etc), fire detection systems,bathrooms/toilets, suspended ceilings, raised access facilities and finishes applied to interior walls. In short, it is the easel to the canvas; it provides the crucial support for the painter to work their artistry.
This is where a Category B fit out comes in. It refers to the additional decorations, features and furniture that breathe life into the building, laying out a practicality and sense of style that the business needs for its day-to-day operations. With a Cat B fit out, the business will work closely with office design professionals to identify the different elements they need, as well as how they're able to portray their company culture throughout the design.
It isn't just paint or posters on the walls or the types of chairs and desks that can show a business to be unique and functional though. A Cat B office fit out also includes:
- Doors and partitions.
- Floor finishes.
- Private office spaces.
- Reception and waiting areas.
- Conference and meeting rooms.
- Audio/visual equipment.
- IT rooms.
- Kitchen, breakout and cafe areas.
Now that you're fully adept at what constitutes a Cat A and Cat B office fit outs, you're much closer to understanding if one would be of benefit to your business. Why not get in touch with the professionals to help your ideas turn into reality?