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One lazy afternoon while taking a dip in the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands hotel something caught my attention. Looking at the vast expanse of office buildings at the Central Business District wondering everything should be booming in the corporate real estate market. Office design and renovation should be at its peak. Interior Design companies should be so busy and the staff should have lots of sleepless nights.

The Office Designer serviced office

ARID Builders has been renovating office space for the past 10 years. To satisfy the clients need for an office renovation budget or immediate cost estimate, we came up with a fast and nearly accurate assumption of a complete office fit-out from bare to a semi-fitted take-up of an office space in Singapore.

Check out JLL's report on the cost of office fit-out HERE and Knight Franks report HERE

The Office Designer - Cost of Fitting out an Office Space

Almost every city in the world has a different office fit-out process. However, in Singapore, the procedures are quite straightforward. ARID Builders have prepared a quick guide to an office renovation project from inception to completion.

The Planning Stage

  • The client and designer will arrange for a preliminary meeting to establish the office requirements.
  • Furthermore, the design and build company will perform a site audit to study the space, verify site measurements, take photos and investigate the M&E systems.
  • Next, The team will provide preliminary test-fits and space plans for the office design.
  • Upon approval of the test-fit the design and build company will prepare an (LOA) Letter of Appointment for client endorsement.
  • After acceptance of the LOA, the company will conduct an assessment of the building management and (QP) Qualified Personnel requirement for submission and vetting purposes.

planning stage

Office reinstatement has been on a rise recently due to companies and businesses downsizing and settling in a serviced office or co-working space. In our company, we have been receiving constant inquiries for office reinstatement and furniture disposal. Some are also requesting to package a design and build contract with the reinstatement of their old premises to minimize cost. Others are turning to rental office furniture for more flexibility. To address these inquiries, I have written this blog to help tenants and businesses to deal with office reinstatement and furniture disposal issues.

Before taking over the office unit

  1. Ask for the original construction / as-built plans from the facilities or building management and make a copy for safekeeping. It will come in handy come reinstatement time.
  2. Take actual photos of the unit during the site handover and keep these copies for filing. You may also ask your appointed design and build contractor to take as many reference photos and provide you with a copy for your reference.
  3. Talk to your property agent and building management to highlight future reinstatement concerns, if possible can keep this documented.
  4. Discuss the office design and layout with your design and build contractor with reinstatement in mind.
  5. Minimize construction elements that will increase reinstatement cost. Like ceiling finishes, fire protection system, airconditioning, and lighting layout.
  6. Maintain the office properly, the tenant may be able to convince the landlord to take over the current fit-out if space is well maintained, clean and nicely designed.

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