Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I start if I need a new Fit Out or Refurbishment?
After our initial consultation, we are equipped with the knowledge of your business and its requirements. From there, we begin the space planning process where we provide you with sketch plans that explore all options. This ensures that your new office fit out meets your needs, both aesthetically and in form and function. We provide a comprehensive cost assessment of the works involved before you sign off the works.
What projects can you take on?
We can take on any project, large or small. We are big enough to handle very large contracts and large refurbishments but we are small enough to take on smaller projects such as a simple painting job. Whatever your needs, we are sure we can meet them. If you are unsure of anything please ask us.
Can we continue working in our existing space while our office refurbishment is carried out?
Yes. We can carry out full office refurbishments while you continue to operate throughout the project. We take all necessary precautions to ensure all areas are made safe which enables the staff to be confident that they can still carry out their daily duties. All noisy works are carried out after hours and weekends to maintain a functional working environment.
How much will my Fit Out or Refurbishment cost?
While other companies will provide you with a square metre rate, this is often inaccurate. There are a number of variables including the type of building and quality of finishes & specifications that can affect the cost of the fit out. Our approach is to assess each site as an individual form and price each item accordingly. This ensures an accurate figure is provided with no hidden surprises during the fit out process, ensuring clients are satisfied with not only the fit-out quality but also the final cost on completion.
How long will the work last for from start to finish of the project?
The design, quoting and approval stage can take between 1 – 2 weeks, depending on the size of the project. The fit out or refurbishment work is dependent on the amount of type work and finishes selected. As a general rule for the fit out is 3 to 8 weeks, depending on size of the project.
What about Health and Safety, who will manage that?
At Divo Interiors we take Health and Safety seriously. We work with an external health and safety partner to ensure that comprehensive risk assessments and method statements are submitted for all of our works. They us provide us with all the training to stay current with all regulations. We deliver any refurbishment or fit-out project in full compliance with all current safety legislation and CDM regulations
Will our office refurbishment require Building Regulation Approval?
Depending upon the scope of works your project may require building regulation approval. We will advise you accordingly, however, as a general rule of thumb if the means of escape, in the case of fire, are being affected in any way then yes it will be required. However, we can advise on a project basis and can deal with the building regulation application on your behalf.
Do we need the Landlords permission to do the works?
Yes. You will need to inform the Landlord of the works and get a sign off prior to works commencing. This occurs once the floor layout has been approved and finalised.
Can I see examples of your work?
We’re proud of what we do and happily invite clients to see jobs in progress and completed projects. Let us know and we can arrange a viewing at your convenience.
Will someone oversee the project from start to finish?
Yes, a dedicated project manager will be appointed to your office fitout or refurbishment and will be your main point of contact on throughout the project.
What is the difference between Shell & Core, Cat A & Cat B office fit-out?
Shell & Core Fit Out
The Shell & Core phase will apply to the basic structure of your building and usually encompasses most communal areas including stairwells, lifts, toilets, lobbies and receptions.
Once this first phase is complete you will be left with a bare ‘shell’ that is prepared and ready for either Category A or B fit out.
Category A Fit Out
The Category A (Cat A) fit out is the second phase of your office refurbishment. It is important to remember that each and every project differs in size and requirements, therefore the Cat A elements may vary depending on the client’s wishes and any site or landlord restrictions.
It could involve items such as:
Raised floors, Suspended ceilings, Mechanical and electrical services, Fire Detection, Decorations.
Category B Fit Out
The Category B (Cat B) fit out is usually the most exciting part for our clients. This is where you can clearly see your vision become reality as your new working environment is created. Again, each and every project is different and we tailor our services accordingly, but the final Cat B phase will usually include the installation of:
Reception areas , Offices, Meeting and conference rooms, Break out areas, Partitions and doors, Floor finishes, power and data, lighting , Furniture