Commercial fit outs

Commercial fit outs

Interior fit outs

When you decide to look for a fit out contractor, you need to work with a company that knows its Cat A from its Cat B.  Here at Oakwhite, we provide both services so we can handle either or both depending on your requirements.  Read on to find out what you need to get your space finished.

Cat A

When a landlord acquires new space or builds on their portfolio the next step is to seek a tenant.  In order to get the place rented as soon as possible, landlords usually need a commercial fit out to turn the premises into a blank canvas for the occupier to furnish.

The works required often include:

  • Flooring
  • Ceiling
  • Electrics
  • Fire health and safety
  • Mechanical services
  • Toilets
  • Walls

Once the space has been developed the occupant can add their own finishing touches.

Cat B

The Cat B fit out is the next step in developing the space to make it fully functional and get the business working.  Usually, this will begin with commercial space planning to ensure the space being transformed is maximised and suitable for use.

Choosing cutting edge designs and furnishings can mean that no further renovations are needed years later.  A modern working environment can also help boost staff morale and attract potential new employees and customers.

A Cat B commercial fit out usually comprises:

  • Kitchens
  • Communal areas
  • Workstations
  • Furniture
  • Equipment
  • Soft furnishings such as carpets

If you are looking for a trusted, reliable company to undertake either or both elements of your commercial fit out, then talk to us on 01403 259225.


If you are looking for a trusted, reliable company to undertake either or both elements of your commercial fit out, then talk to us on 07973 806757.

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Which fit out do I need?

Cat A and Cat B are the most commonly discussed types of fit out and they refer to the development of the commercial space. Depending whether a building needs a total overhaul or just new furnishing will decided which category fit out is required.

A Cat A fit out is generally commissioned by landlords, and can include the installation of internal walls, reception areas and lift lobbies. It gets a space ready for decoration, furniture and making an area functionable which is what is known as Cat B.

What is shell and core?

This refers to the state of a building before any type of fit out occurs. The space won’t be usable at this stage as its utilities like water and lighting generally won’t be working or installed yet.

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Over the past 10 years Oakwhite have been a Main Contractor on fit outs of leisure Facilities that I have been involved with. They are professional, friendly team with a “can do” attitude that always delivery a good product on time, on budget, and make our site openings successful. Jeremy Philips, Property Director, The Climbing Hanger