This is the part that will be of most interest to your finance director: What's it going to cost?

However, all jokes aside - it is important to have a realistic understanding of what your project is going to cost before getting underway. It'll make sure that you don't over-promise on the scope of works when negotiating a budget with your internal stakeholders, and also ensure that you're getting realistic value from your design partners.

Agree on a budget

  • Get a fixed estimate before your project starts

    A good office design and build company will give you a detailed estimate before the project begins and before any invoices come your way.

  • Ask for different estimates for each premises you're considering

    Design and fit out costs can vary greatly from building to building. A space that needs more capital works could considerably increase the costs compared to just delivering a Cat B fit out in a modern development.

  • Investigate enhanced capital allowances

    Investing in energy-saving equipment for your office can be more tax efficient. Check out the Enhanced Capital Allowances scheme through the Carbon Trust.