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 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.