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What is the difference between Cat A and Cat B fit outs?
In short; Cat A is a very basic, operational fit out that will provide you with an empty but finished space, ready to move into but that will need interior design completion.
A workplace with a Cat B fit out will be a fully functional workplace that is complete with flooring, furniture and planting- a lot of the interior design is done for you!
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Shell and Core Fit Outs
A shell and core fit out will include the basic framework of a building. The building will look complete from the outside but is actually just an empty shell and core of a building. With this level of fit out there will most likely be exposed walls and surfaces, as well as concrete floors. This will have at most a basic finishing, with no lighting or facilities.
A shell and core fit out should still include safety features such as smoke alarms, fire alarms and fire detection, to prevent any accidents occurring within the internal space, and to ensure to comply with building regulations. At this stage, the space will not be usable, and it is likely there will be internal structuring, such as metal framework, visible.
CAT A office refurbishments include:
- Replacement of floor coverings
- Repair and replacement of suspended ceilings
- Reconfiguring lighting, air conditioning, heating, ventilation and mechanical items to a pre-lease configuration
- Fire detection services and smoke alarms
- Replacement of wall finishes
- Raised flooring
- Removal of interior partitions and anything which formed part of the Category B fit-out
- Basic mechanical and electrical services
What a Cat A+ fit out includes:
- Fitted kitchens
- Partitioning including meeting rooms, offices and breakout spaces
- Furniture and workspaces
- Air conditioning
- IT installation and infrastructure design
Cat B fit out may include:
- Design specific alterations of the existing Category A and B fit-out to suit the occupier’s requirements including M&E services
- Partitioning systems and doors
- Individual offices
- Conference and meeting rooms and facilities
- Tea points, staff areas, breakout rooms and canteens
- Flooring and floor finishes
- Decoration and wall finishes
- New office furniture and workstations
- Brand detailing and design
- Specialist lighting
- Air conditioning and heating
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