At Consensus Workspace, we believe that a well-designed office can significantly enhance your business’s productivity and employee satisfaction. Specialising in comprehensive office refurbishment and design services, we transform ordinary spaces into dynamic and inspiring environments tailored to your unique needs.

What is Office Refurbishment?

Office refurbishment refers to the process of renovating and updating an office space to improve its functionality, aesthetics, and efficiency. This can include anything from minor cosmetic changes, such as new paint and flooring, to major structural alterations like reconfiguring the layout or installing new systems. The goal is to create a workspace that meets the current and future needs of your business.


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Office Fit Out vs. Refurbishment: What’s the Difference?

While both office fit outs and refurbishments aim to enhance a workspace, they differ in scope and purpose. An office fit out typically involves preparing a new or empty space for occupation, including installing necessary infrastructure, furniture, and fittings. In contrast, office refurbishment involves upgrading an existing workspace to improve its functionality and appearance without starting from scratch. Learn more about our office fit out services.

What is the Difference Between Renovation and Refurbishment?

Renovation and refurbishment are terms often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings in the context of office design. Renovation generally refers to more extensive structural work, which may include tearing down walls, adding extensions, or making significant alterations to the building’s infrastructure. Refurbishment, on the other hand, focuses on updating and improving the existing space without major structural changes. It includes activities like repainting, replacing flooring, and updating fixtures and fittings to enhance the office’s overall look and functionality.

Is Office Refurbishment Tax Deductible?

Office refurbishment costs can often be tax deductible, depending on the nature of the work and local tax laws. Typically, expenses that enhance the value or extend the life of the office building might qualify for capital allowances. It’s advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand the specific deductions available for your refurbishment project.

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Examples of Refurbishment Work

Office refurbishment can take many forms, depending on the desired outcome and the current state of the workspace. Here are three common types of refurbishment work:

  1. Facelift: This involves minor upgrades such as repainting walls, replacing carpets, and updating furniture to give the office a fresh look without major structural changes.
  2. Pull and Replace: This approach includes removing outdated fixtures and fittings and replacing them with new, modern equivalents, often improving both aesthetics and functionality.
  3. Full-Scale Renovation: This comprehensive refurbishment involves significant structural changes, such as reconfiguring the layout, upgrading electrical and plumbing systems, and possibly expanding the workspace.
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The Impact of Office Refurbishment

The benefits of office refurbishment extend beyond mere aesthetics. Here are some significant impacts of a well-executed refurbishment:

  • Enhanced Employee Productivity: A thoughtfully designed workspace can boost employee morale and productivity by creating a more comfortable and functional environment.
  • Attracting and Retaining Talent: A modern and attractive office can help attract top talent and improve employee retention by providing a workspace that employees are proud to be part of.
  • Improved Client Impressions: A refurbished office can make a positive impression on clients and visitors, reflecting your company’s professionalism and attention to detail.
  • Optimised Space Utilisation: By reconfiguring the office layout, you can make better use of the available space, accommodating more employees or creating additional meeting rooms and collaboration areas.
  • Increased Property Value: Office refurbishment can increase the value of your property, making it a more valuable asset.
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Our Approach to Office Design

At Consensus Workspace, our approach to office design is rooted in understanding your business’s unique needs and culture. We begin with a detailed consultation to learn about your goals, preferences, and operational requirements. This insight informs our design process, allowing us to create spaces that enhance productivity, foster collaboration, and reflect your brand identity. Discover more about our workplace consultancy services.

Industry Trends in Office Refurbishment

The office refurbishment landscape is continually evolving, influenced by emerging trends and changing business needs. According to a recent survey by Deloitte, 37 office refurbishment projects were started in recent months – a figure not seen since Deloitte first started tracking this data almost 20 years ago. Overall, 50 refurbs and new-builds have been registered in a six-month period this year. Compared to 2022’s figure of 31, this marks a significant 76% rise, highlighting the growing demand for modern, efficient office spaces.

Our Office Refurbishment Process

Refurbishing an office involves several key steps to ensure a successful transformation. Here’s an outline of the process:

  1. Initial Consultation: The process begins with an in-depth consultation to understand your business needs, goals, and the current challenges with your existing office space.
  2. Site Survey and Analysis: A detailed survey of your office space helps identify structural limitations and opportunities for improvement. This step includes assessing electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
  3. Design and Planning: Based on the findings from the consultation and survey, our design team creates 2D space plans and 3D visualisations to present potential layouts and design concepts. This stage also includes selecting materials, finishes, and furniture.
  4. Budgeting and Scheduling: We provide a detailed budget and project timeline, ensuring transparency and setting clear expectations for the refurbishment.
  5. Implementation: Our skilled craftsmen and technicians carry out the refurbishment work, adhering to the highest standards of quality and efficiency. This phase involves coordination of various trades to ensure seamless execution.
  6. Final Touches and Inspection: After the main construction work is completed, we add the final touches, such as décor and furniture placement. A thorough inspection ensures that everything meets your specifications and our quality standards.
  7. Handover and Aftercare: Once the refurbishment is complete, we hand over the finished office space and provide aftercare services to address any post-completion needs or adjustments.
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Contact Us

Ready to transform your workspace? Contact Consensus Workspace today to schedule a consultation and start your journey toward a better office environment. Our team is here to provide expert guidance and support every step of the way.

For additional services and detailed information, visit our office fit out page and workplace consultancy page.

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