Planning an office fit-out can be an exciting project, but it can also be overwhelming. There are many things to consider, including the schedule of work. A well-planned schedule of work can ensure that the fit-out project runs smoothly and is completed on time. In this article, we will discuss things to consider when planning your office fit-out schedule of works.
One of the first things to consider when planning a schedule of works for your office fit-out is your budget. It is important to clearly understand how much you can afford to spend on the project, including any unexpected expenses that may arise. Your budget will impact the project’s timeline, as certain materials and services may take longer to obtain or require additional costs.
Design and Planning
Before beginning any physical work, it is important to complete the design and planning phase of the project. This includes creating a detailed floor plan, selecting materials and finishes, and determining the scope of the project. This phase can take several weeks or even months, depending on the size and complexity of the project, and should be factored into the schedule of works.
Permits and Approvals
Depending on the scope of your fit-out project, you may need to obtain permits and approvals from local authorities. This can include building permits, fire safety approvals, and other regulatory requirements. It is important to factor in the time needed to obtain these permits and approvals when planning your schedule of works.
Construction and Installation
Once the design and planning phase is complete and all necessary permits and approvals have been obtained, the construction and installation phase can begin. This includes tasks such as demolition, construction of walls and partitions, installation of flooring and ceiling systems, and installation of electrical and mechanical systems. This phase can take several weeks or even months, depending on the size and complexity of the project.
Furniture and Equipment Installation
After the construction and installation phase is complete, the project’s final phase is the installation of furniture and equipment. This includes desks, chairs, storage units, and any other necessary equipment. It is important to factor in the time needed to order and receive these items and the time needed for installation.
Testing and Commissioning
Once the furniture and equipment installation is complete, testing and commissioning all systems is important to ensure they are functioning properly. This includes testing electrical and mechanical systems and ensuring that all furniture and equipment are in good working order.
The project’s final phase is occupancy, which includes moving in and setting up the new office space. This includes organising files and supplies, setting up computer systems, and ensuring all employees have the necessary skills to work effectively in the new space.
Planning a schedule of works for your office fit-out project is an important part of the planning process. It is important to consider factors such as budget, design and planning, permits and approvals, construction and installation, furniture and equipment installation, testing and commissioning, and occupancy. At Anchorpoint we carefully plan and schedule each phase of the project for you, essentially managing the entire process from beginning to completion.
Anchorpoint Interiors offers commercial office refurbishment that improve productivity, elevate brands, and engage teams. We are one of the UK’s leading corporate and commercial workplace design and build companies. Please do feel free to get in touch with one of the team who would be happy to walk you through the process..