Typical costs of an office fit out

On this page you’ll find out what you might expect to pay for typical aspects of an office fit out, including:

Design

At Dale, when it’s clear that investing in a design service will give the client the best outcome, our fees are typically around 2% to 4% of the total estimated project value. This, of course, depends on the type, scale and complexity of the project. By comparison, architects’ fees are commonly quoted at between 8% and 12%.

So, for example, if the fit-out project was estimated to be £250,000 we could charge between £5,000 and £10,000 for design, which is carried out in full collaboration with the client, who could expect outline or concept design, detailed design for estimating and construction phase detail drawings for the project delivery.

Preparation and build

It is difficult to give precise values for this until the design has been nailed down because it depends on starting condition of the space to be fitted out.

But to give a typical example, for a £250,000 fit out project that includes the following elements:

  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Meeting rooms
  • Reception
  • Kitchen area
  • Furniture

…approximately £160,000 of this amount would be allocated to the preparation and building work.

Of course, this is just one scenario and costs are subject to change according to the individual client and project.

Furniture, fittings and equipment

You can typically expect to pay upwards of £500 to £600 per head or user for furniture of a reasonable standard. Typically, this would include a desk, chair, some personal storage and a shared desk screen/divider. In addition, allowances should be calculated for:

  • Meeting room furniture
  • Breakout and 3rd space furniture
  • Peripherals, such as monitor arms, cabling extensions and solutions.

So, be prepared to factor those things into your budget separately.

Temporary onsite cabins and facilities

Although the need to move staff during the fit-out process depends on the scale of the project and nature of the space, we aim to avoid it where possible by carrying out work in phases and by working in zones on site to minimise disruption.

But if the smartest option is to relocate staff temporarily, we plan this with you in advance and work in partnership with a specialist temporary modular office and facilities provider.

A typical cost for hiring temporary cabins onsite for 40 people over a 12-week period would be £19,500.

Typical costs of successful projects

The below table sets out a number of successful fit out projects carried out by Dale Office Interiors to give you an idea of what you might expect to pay based on your office’s size and location and depending on your specifications. However, these costs are purely to provide a guideline: every project is unique and we will carry out individual costings and quotations for your particular project upon request. 

Lancashire

 

Project sector/location

 

Logistics, Manchester

Food and beverage, Blackburn

Construction materials, Preston

Area (square feet)

18,200

6,500

1,800

Structural alterations

no no yes

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

yes no yes

Power and data

yes no yes

New build: walls

yes yes yes

New build: ceilings

yes no yes

Bespoke joinery

no yes yes

Kitchen/teapoint

yes no yes

Flooring

yes no yes

Furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E)

yes yes yes

Project value per square foot

£28.00

£10.00

£65.00

West Yorkshire

 

Project sector/location

 

Manufacturer, Leeds

Cosmetics, Keighley

Professional services, Leeds

Area (square feet)

14,000

10,700

9,600

Structural alterations

yes yes no

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

yes yes no

Power and data

yes yes no

New build: walls

yes yes yes

New build: ceilings

yes yes yes

Bespoke joinery

yes yes no

Kitchen/teapoint

yes yes yes

Flooring

yes yes yes

Furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E)

yes yes yes

Project value per square foot

£53.00

£66.00

£31.00

South Yorkshire

 

Project sector/location

 

IT/tech, Sheffield

Professional services, Doncaster

Construction, Barnsley

Logistics, Sheffield

Area (square feet)

7,900

3,000

2,600

300

Structural alterations

no no no no

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

yes no no no

Power and data

yes no no yes

New build: walls

yes yes no no

New build: ceilings

no no no yes

Bespoke joinery

yes yes no no

Kitchen/teapoint

yes yes no no

Flooring

yes no no yes

Furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E)

yes yes yes yes

Project value per square foot

£28.00

£21.00

£8.00

£58.00

Midlands

 

Project sector/location

 

Construction, Nottingham

Insurance, Nottingham

Insurance, Nottingham

IT/tech, Shropshire

Area (square feet)

7,500

3,800

3,800

2,000

Structural alterations

no no no no

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

yes no no yes

Power and data

yes yes yes yes

New build: walls

yes yes yes yes

New build: ceilings

yes no yes yes

Bespoke joinery

no no no no

Kitchen/teapoint

no yes yes yes

Flooring

yes yes yes no

Furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E)

no no no no

Project value per square foot

£17.00

£15.00

£27.00

£39.00

Interested in obtaining a quote? Contact the Dale team here or call us on 0114 233 1115.

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