Put simply, a Commercial ‘fit out’ can be defined as the process in which an interior space is made suitable for occupation. Offices and other commercial spaces will firstly have the base construction carried out by the developer and then the final fit can be carried out by the occupant. A fit out can be extremely diverse, working with the electrical and mechanical aspects of the space as well as furnishing and decorating to the occupant’s specification.
Depending on what is required in terms of construction in the space, the fit out can take a number of forms which we will be discussing below.
Shell & Core
In most cases, the landlord will provide the ‘shell’ which is referred to as the shell and core. This work is generally comprised of the structure, cladding as well as internal and external works and common areas. From the exterior, the building will look complete but will be bare inside consisting of basic areas such as lobbies, car parks, elevators/escalators, toilets, receptions etc.