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Cat A/Cat B Fit Out Guide

If you’re looking to finish the interior of your space, it’s vital to enlist a fit out specialist who can bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations. Whether you’re putting the finishing touches to a newly built office, or updating an existing space, Eden London are experienced fit out contractors who can create a tailored fit out experience to meet your needs.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on Cat A and Cat B fit outs, so you can determine what kind of fit out your interior space requires, and what is involved in the process.

What is a fit out? 

Fit out is a term used in the construction industry. Essentially, a fit out is a service which includes activities that prepare an interior space suitable for occupation. The extent to which the interior space is prepared is determined by the level of fit out supplied.

The two main fit outs provided by contractors are:

  • Category A fit out
  • Category B fit out

What is a Cat A fit out?

Cat A fit outs are the level of fit out provided for residential and commercial landlords who are offering property in what is often referred to as a ‘white box’ or ‘shell’ state.

There’s no set checklist for what a Cat A fit out should and shouldn’t include, but it generally describes the level of fit out which brings the property up to the standard where it can be handed over for final completion in the form of decoration and furnishing. This means that spaces with a Cat A fit out are usually ‘empty’, ready for the tenant to put their personal stamp on.

Commonly, Cat A fit outs include:

  • Raised flooring
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) 
  • HVAC
  • Flooring
  • Kitchens and tea points
  • Tiling
  • Decorating
  • Ceiling
  • Partitions
  • Cubicle systems
  • Lift installation
  • DDA compliance
  • Structural steel
  • Staircases

What is a Cat B fit out?

A Cat B fit out is the level of finish that follows on from a Cat A fit out. Once the interior of a property has reached the ‘white box’ stage, everything that comes after is part of a Cat B fit out.

Cat B fit outs bring your interior space up to a liveable and serviceable condition, which is fully finished ready for the tenant to move straight in. Cat B fit outs are generally considered the full-package, with everything from furniture to paint included.

Cat B fit outs include:

  • Final finishes and branding
  • Installation of offices
  • Installation of specialist lighting
  • Installation of furniture
  • Raised flooring
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Bespoke joinery
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) 
  • HVAC
  • Flooring
  • Kitchens and tea points
  • Tiling
  • Decorating
  • Ceiling
  • Partitions
  • Cubicle systems
  • Lift installation
  • DDA compliance
  • Structural steel
  • Staircases
  • Reception desks

What fit out do I require?

If you require fit out services, it’s important to determine what level of fit out you need.

If you are a landlord looking to rent your space to tenants, the level of finish disclosed in the tenancy contract will determine the fit out required.

  • If you are offering your property in an ‘empty’ state, which the tenant can put their stamp on, this will be a Cat A fit out.
  • If you are offering your property in a ready-to-move-in state, then this will be a Cat B fit out.

Find out more

Eden London is a trusted fit out specialist operating across the UK. If you require assistance determining which fit out service you require, get in touch today.