At SKK Design we manage office fit out and refurbishment across the country. We understand the balance between budget, time and evolving business needs. Skilful design can help blend these differing requirements.
Wondering how to get the most out of your space, with the minimum of down time? We maximise the potential of your existing space through innovative design, experience and standalone interiors know-how or via a solid team of contractors and consultants should you require a one stop consultancy. If you’re concerned about wasting resources managing office fit out, our experienced team can greatly assist taking ownership of responsibilities of the refurbishment from start to finish.
Not sure where to invest your budget for its best return on investment? We utilise your construction budget where it’s needed most ensuring you get the most out your Capex.
The key stages of SKK Design’s office fit out and refurbishment projects can be summarised as follows:
Preparation and Brief
This is where we want to gain detailed understanding of your needs. Examples of these are:
- What are the principal reasons for the refurbishment?
- Open plan vs cellular
- Collaborative partnerships
- Green initiatives
- Do you intend to vacate whilst the project progresses?
- What is the perception of staff and visitors’ others that they want it to be?
- Are there any specific requirements such as meeting spaces, new facilities for staff, lifts, external upgrades, heating lighting and cooling
- Breakout spaces
- Key inter-departmental considerations
The concept design stage is where our designers start to bring ideas and solutions to life through sketch proposals and visuals.
The concept design phase will include all elements of the interior including flooring, walls, furniture, artwork and both interior and (where applicable) exterior design.
It is at this stage where we can provide sensible budget fit out costs to see if items need to be added or omitted from the scheme.
Our design team will interrogate brand guidelines and corporate identify to understand whether you have specific requirements when it comes to furniture colours, carpets, blinds and AV screens. The concept design phase will also cover key points such as sustainability objectives, health and safety strategies, green initiatives and accessibility for disabled staff members and visitors.
We can help you to envisage the final interior design using mood boards, sketch proposals and visuals created on our expert design software and VR technology.
“When you work with SKK Design you know that they’ll automatically get the technical side right. They excel because they know what jobs require and what their clients need.”
Paul Body, Managing Partner – Bruce Shaw
This takes the concept on to a stage that can meaningfully involve other consultants and builders. Building Regulations and British Standards considerations are factored into an evolving design, the various elements of the scheme are broken down into packages and the integration of technical considerations and usability of the building are streamlined into the architectural pack.
SKK Design are happy to recommend and manage specialist design team consultants as required – these may be cost managers, MEP and catering consultants and structural engineers.
Our designs not only look resolved and authentic; the services design and installation, which can cause ongoing problems if not thought through at an early stage, are co-ordinated with the architectural process, allowing practical operation and maintenance.
The finishes palette and FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) items are cross referenced and scheduled at this stage, thus adding clarity to budget and. If required, a tender set of drawings to allow comparable contractor quotes.
If required, SKK Design are happy to invite known and trusted contractors to tender for the works.
The Detailed Design information is evolved into a comprehensive For Construction pack that can be built, and may include numerous drawings, data sheets and schedules.
It is at this stage that contractor’s queries are answered via a series of workshops and site appraisals if needs be – we excel and communication with the client, design and construction team.
“Making best use of an existing space needs pragmatism and an innovative approach to making the space work for your team and your budget.”
Andrew Crocker, Director – SKK Design
We then move onto the construction phase of the interior design project; this is where the SKK team can:
- Manage RFIs, analyse tender returns and recommend contractor to client team,
- Manage contractors and specialists including services team
- Coordination and resolution of site challenges
- Coordinate with Building Control and Planning officers as required
Handover and Close Out
The final stage is the handover and close out, this is where we will collate necessary documentation and review the project. We will also review and manage construction quality and in the case of any defects, our team will handle this and organise the next steps accordingly.
We manage the sub-contract team and collate and issue a consolidated detailed As Built and operations & maintenance files to you, so your team have the long term benefit of knowing what was installed where.
Want to find out more about our previous office fit out, design and refurbishment projects across London and Essex? Check out our case studies…