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Office Fit Out vs Office Refurbishment What's the Difference

Office Fit Out vs Office Refurbishment: What’s the Difference?

In today’s world, the need for a comfortable, practical and aesthetically pleasing working environment is critical to business success. 

So, when the time comes to update your office space, two terms frequently surface: office fit out and office refurbishment. While they might sound similar, these two concepts are in fact distinct in their objectives and scope. 

In this article, we will delve into the nuances of each, helping you understand the key differences and decide which option aligns with your business needs.

What is an Office Fit Out? 

An office fit out encompasses the transformation of a bare, often unfinished workspace into a functional area ready for occupation. This process can be broken down into three main categories:

Shell & Core: This is the foundational stage, where the basic structure of the space is prepared. Walls, floors, ceilings, and essential services like plumbing and electrical systems are installed.

Category A (Cat A): Once the shell is in place, the Category A phase commences. In this stage, the space is made occupiable with features such as raised floors, suspended ceilings, lighting, toilets and air conditioning systems.

Category B (Cat B): The final touch is given in the Category B phase. This is where the workspace gets its unique identity. Interior design, partitions, furniture, and any other elements that align with your brand and workflow are added. 

What is an Office Refurbishment? 

On the other hand, an office refurbishment focuses on revamping an existing workspace without altering the fundamental structure. This comprehensive process involves:

Interior Design: This may refer to new furniture, flooring, décor and layout to help you make the most of your space, address any issues, and enhance the overall look of the office for employees and clients. 

Mechanical and Electrical Works: Upgrading electrical systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and other utilities ensures a more energy-efficient and comfortable working environment.

IT & Office Equipment: With technology at the core of modern business operations, an office refurbishment often involves integrating the latest IT infrastructure and office equipment for improved productivity.

Choosing the Right Path: Office Fit Out or Refurbishment?

Now that we understand the distinctions, let’s address the question at hand: When do you need an office fit out, and when is an office refurbishment the better choice?

Opt for an Office Fit Out if:

  • You’re moving into a new space that is currently unfinished or needs significant alterations for expansion. 
  • Your business needs specialised workspaces. For example, tech companies might require dedicated server rooms. 
  • You’re seeking a blank canvas to create a space that is optimised for  functionality and truly works for your needs.

Choose an Office Refurbishment if:

  • Your current workspace lacks efficiency, space, aesthetics, or modern amenities. 
  • A complete overhaul isn’t necessary, and you want to breathe new life into your existing space by repainting or updating furnishings. 
  • Your workspace should meet current technology, energy efficiency, accessibility and safety regulations.

Bespoke Office Fit Outs & Refurbishments from Hebs Group 

Whether you’re starting from scratch, or aiming to elevate your current setup, Hebs Group provides the perfect workspace solutions. Serving Liverpool, Manchester, and other Northern regions, we specialise in bespoke office fit outs and refurbishments.

Our experienced commercial fit out professionals ensure every project is finished to the highest standards; so that all you have left to worry about is running your core business.

For all enquiries, call 0151 2360707 or send us a message at  

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Waterloo,Liverpool,L22 9QG

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