Office Refurbishment Costs

How Much Does a London Office Refurbishment Cost?

Office refurbishment costs in London vary from £35 per Sq. Ft. for a basic office refurbishment project right up to over £100 per Sq. Ft. where quality is the top priority and expense is less of an issue. The table below is a rough guide of how much an office refurbishment costs in London:

Costs per sq foot Basic Mid High
Construction £35-40 £45-60 £65+
Furniture £12 £16 £22


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Factors Affecting the Cost of a Refurbishment

When you select a refurbishment partner they should be able to help you to create some top-level budgeting. The costs of the refurb will vary based on the size and complexity of the project. Factors affecting the refurbishment costs include:

• The type of building and space being refurbished
• The age of the building
• Services such as the heating, air-conditioners and ventilation
• Finishes and furniture required (which vary in terms of quality)
• IT and AV upgrade costs

How Does a Refurbishment Differ from a Fit Out?

An office refurbishment refers to the renovation of the existing office build including, but not restricted to, walls, plumbing, ventilation and AC, room separators, ceilings, floors, windows and walls. It is essentially breathing new life and purpose into an existing space. It doesn’t involve rebuilding the entire structure from scratch, which is characteristic of the fit out.

Why Invest in an Office Refurbishment?

In recent months some of the reasons companies (and indeed our clients) have tended to renovate their office include the following:

  1. Encouraging a Post-Covid Return to the Office – Encouraging staff to return to the office post-covid is a common reason and one cited by many of our clients. Factors to consider here are increased separation between desks to create a greater sense of privacy; more agile open spaces; and inclusion of collaborative spaces to make the office an exciting and engaging place to be.
  2. Tired Office Space that Needs a Refresh –  It may be that your office space has become a bit dilapidated and outdated. It needs a refresh with an injection of modern office ideas and designs. Adding colour to the layout and furniture and planning for hybrid office working is a common trend.
  3. Improving Wellbeing and Productivity –  the wellbeing and general happiness of staff is crucial for retention. To keep staff happy some of the things you might want to consider is incorporating natural light,  a good selection of colours, having ample ventilation, ergonomic furniture (such as sit-stand desks), green plants (see our article on biophilia office design) and the provision of a range of workspaces and breakout areas (including amenities such as showers and bike storage).

Office fit out Contractors will generally provide estimated costs per sq. Ft. It is crucial that you know the dimensions and size of your new space to help your fit out company provide you with the best estimates and time frames for completing the refurb. Take a look at our refurbishment guide which is pack with useful information.

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