Zhoosh https://zhoosh.co.nz Nationwide Commercial Refurbishments Fri, 03 Jul 2020 01:00:08 +0000 en-NZ hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://zhoosh.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-Zhoosh_Retail-Brand-Builders-block-Small-32x32.jpg Zhoosh https://zhoosh.co.nz 32 32 Is design-build for an office fit out a good idea? https://zhoosh.co.nz/design-build-office-fit-out/ https://zhoosh.co.nz/design-build-office-fit-out/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:57:04 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=965

Is design – build office refurbishments a good idea?

 

Design build office fit out and refurbishenment in Auckland is often not considered as an option by companies when they are planning a new Auckland office fit out or refurbishment.

There are many benefits to a design build office fit out approach however one of the main reasons for offering design build office fit out and refurbishment in Auckland is because we genuinely believe our clients receive a better outcome.

Many times we have be involved with projects of all sizes where we have been presented construction drawings to price from and having submitted out tender we get the feedback form the client that all the project pricing is come in over budget. When this happens you have to think to yourself who was it that set the office fit out or office refurbishment budget? Mostly this happens as a result of an architect’s vision not been aligned with the client’s project budget expectations.

On the other hand, clients are concerned that if they use a design build office fit out company that they will be ripped off and cannot be sure they are getting the best price in the market. This is totally understandable and below is our process that we use to ensure that you get the best design build office fit out project outcome:

Design:

With an office fit out and refurbishment ,the design very very important, poor design not only results in a poor functional space it costs money, persons that design buildings with little practical building experiance will more often than not design something that is complicated to build or expensive and had they engaged with a builder or office fit out specialist earlier and got real-life feed back on the best and most efficient methods to construct buildings in NZ they would save the client $1000s of dollars.

Our Design Build Office Fit Out Process:

Step 1 – We engage with our clients early and find out what it is you want and need, we look at your desired outcomes and devlope an initial office fit out or refurbishement client brief.

Step 2 – We then establish a design build office fit out or refurbishment budget. This is where we rely on you to be open and provide as much clarity as possible as to what your budget is and what your willing to spend. By being open and honest we can then design to suit your budget you need to worry about being ripped off as we will put the project out to tender and provide you a firm quote that will get you best market pricing.

Step 3 – We provide initial concept drawings for the design build offiice fit out project, this normally consists of a floor plan, elevations and a 3D render. Along with the concept we provide project budget pricing so you know that the concept is within or under your design build office fit out project budget.

Step 4 – Once we have finalised the concept details we move to working drawings drawings were develop tender drawings and use these plans to put the office fit out project out to tender and obtain the best market pricing.

Step 5 – Once we have the pricing confirmed and contract value agreed we sign a design build office fit out contract; we then request additional drawings needed for consent and lodge the project with the Auckland the council to start the consent application process.

Step 6 – Once the consent is issued, we commence construction.

 

Want to find out how much your project could cost?

 

 

Try our project cost calculator below.

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The best construction companies in Hamilton. https://zhoosh.co.nz/the-best-construction-companies-in-hamilton/ Wed, 06 May 2020 08:37:36 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=881

What to look for when looking for construction companies in Hamilton.

Commercial construction and commercial fit outs are complex and if you are looking for construction companies in Hamilton or a commercial fit out company you want to be certain that the company is good and trustworthy.

Many times, have we heard of someone’s experience when dealing with other construction companies in Hamilton and sadly its often the same story. “The construction project went over budget” “the construction project took longer than expected”, “my construction site was left in a mess” and so the list goes on.

As a construction, commercial fit out and refurbishment company serving Hamilton we understand the frustrations that can be experienced with a commercial construction, commercial fit out or refurbishment project. To help you search for trustworthy construction companies in Hamilton, we have put together a simple guide that will help you identify what to look for when choosing from the best construction companies in Hamilton.

NO#1 TRANSPARENCY

No one likes surprises and no one likes to be kept in the dark.  We believe that if you want a successful outcome with any construction project of any size both parties need to be transparent. This doesn’t mean that you bear all to each other, but it simply means that you are open and clear about what it is you want to achieve and why. Below is a list of items we feel that you and your chosen construction or commercial fit out company should be transparent about:

  • Construction program (The construction company provides a realistic project program that reflects the true work require to complete the project, not just some fanciful 3-month time frame that is used to win your heart over in order to secure the contract)
  • Specifications (If an item has be specified and the construction company is able to provide an alternative solution that meets your need for less cost or that will result in a better end user experience, be open and honest and provide the details to the client help them save money or delivery a better product)
  • Costs (Look for construction companies in Hamilton that provide open pricing, this is not to screw the construction company down its to provide you with clarity on what each stage or trade of the project is costing and will allow you as the client to choose between what’s important and what’s not, where you can save and where you can’t).

NO# 2 PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE

When choosing from a list of construction companies in Hamilton to work with, there is nothing more important than the project manager and management of the construction company. An in experienced project manager will end up costing you money for the following reasons:

  • They don’t have the experience to save costs through out the project and therefore any cost savings can not be passed onto the client.
  • Inexperience will almost always fail to deliver on time meaning additional storage, rent or lease costs for the client.
  • A bad project manager is normally a poor communicator, little of no communication leads to client frustration and stress which in turn leads to a bad customer experience.
  • If a project manager incapable of running a project successfully its highly likely that his or her health and safety management will be lacking, this could cause project health and safety breaches resulting in fines, delays or worse injury or death.

NO# 3 PRESENTATION

Some say “why does the construction company I choose have to be well presented” let us explain. Any construction companies in Hamilton that are prepared to invest in their brand and present themselves well is sure sign they can be trusted. They clearly mean businesses and if they have invested, they want to be here to stay. You could argue, I have seen plenty of good looking and well-presented companies fold, that is true but in presentation we mean more than fancy logos and branded vehicles.

Below is our presentation check list for trustworthy construction companies in Hamilton.

  • Do they dress like they mean business? They turn up to you dressed for business not as though the have just been to the local pub or shopping.
  • Do they have quality branding and imagery? This tells a lot about a company do they have a professional brand and photos, or have they copied or pulled images from google.
  • Do they have a professional proposal presentation? This should be well presented on a quality proposal document that is clear to read and broken down for cost clarity.
  • Will they provide you with supporting information with their quote or proposal? If you are going to spend $000s of dollars with any construction companies in Hamilton it is important to know if they are willing to invest a bit in, you. This means when they present the proposal it should be accompanied by plans, specifications, product data sheets etc, this shows that they care, and they are willing to invest a bit of time and money to provide you the best construction, commercial fit out or refurbishment outcome possible.

In conclusion a construction, commercial fit out or refurbishment project big or small is often a large investment and careful consideration needs to be taken when selecting from the many construction companies in Hamilton. At Zhoosh we help business with the design and construction of commercial property, helping our clients save time, money and delivering a true turnkey project delivers great outcomes from our clients.

 

 

Contact James:

E: james.fisher@zhoosh.co.nz

M: 021 242 6057

Contact Simon:

E: simon.carr@zhoosh.co.nz

M: 022 167 9123

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Fast, efficient, transparent Auckland Construction Company https://zhoosh.co.nz/fast-efficient-transparent-auckland-construction-company/ https://zhoosh.co.nz/fast-efficient-transparent-auckland-construction-company/#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 05:27:38 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=867

Auckland Construction Company

Commercial construction is complex thing and if you are looking for an Auckland construction company you want to be sure it’s a good one.

Many times, have we heard of someone’s experience when dealing with another Auckland construction company and sadly its often the same story. “The construction project went over budget” “the construction project took longer than expected”, “my construction site was left in a mess” and so the list goes on.

As an Auckland construction company we understand the frustrations that can be experienced so we have put together a simple step by step process to help you choose what to look for when choosing an Auckland construction company to partner with for you next Auckland construction project.

NO#1 TRANSPARENCY

No one likes surprises and no one likes to be kept in the dark.  We believe that if you want a successful outcome with any construction project of any size both parties need to be transparent. This doesn’t mean that you bear all to each other, but it simply means that you are open and clear about what it is you want to achieve and why. Below is a list of items we feel that you and your chosen Auckland construction company should be transparent about:

  1. Construction program (The construction company provides a realistic project program that reflects the true work require to complete the project, not just some fanciful 3-month time frame that is used to win your heart over in order to secure the contract)
  2. Specifications (If an item has be specified and the Auckland construction company is able to provide an alternative solution that meets your need for less cost or that will result in a better end user experience, be open and honest and provide the details to the client help them save money or delivery a better product)
  3. Costs (Look for an Auckland construction company that provides open pricing, this is not to screw the construction company down its to provide you with clarity on what each stage or trade of the project is costing and will allow you as the client to choose between what’s important and what’s not, where you can save and where you can’t).

NO# 2 PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE

When choosing an Auckland construction company to work with, there is nothing more important than the project manager and management of the project. The old saying goes, “money is made of lost before you get to the site”. A in experienced project manager will end up costing you money for the following reasons:

  1. They don’t have the experience to save costs through out the project and therefore any cost savings can not be passed onto the client.
  2. Inexperience will almost always fail to deliver on time meaning additional storage, rent or lease costs for the client.
  3. A bad project manager is normally a poor communicator, little of no communication leads to client frustration and stress which in turn leads to a bad customer experience.
  4. If a project manager incapable of running a project successfully its highly likely that his or her health and safety management will be lacking, this could cause project health and safety breaches resulting in fines, delays or worse injury or death.

NO# 3 PRESENTATION

Some say “why does the Auckland construction company I choose have to be well presented” well to us is obvious. An Auckland construction company that is prepared to invest in its brand and present itself well is one you can trust. They clearly mean businesses and if they have invested, they want to be here to stay. You could argue, I have seen plenty of good looking and well-presented companies fold, that is true but in presentation we mean more than fancy logos and branded Utes.

Below is our presentation list for a good and trustworthy Auckland construction company.

  1. Dress like they mean business. (This is that they turn up to you dressed for business not as though the have just been to the local pub or shopping complex).
  2. Quality branding and imagery, this tells a lot about a company do they have a professional brand and photos, or have they copied or pulled images from a 5 minute google search.
  3. Proposal presentation, this should be well presented on a quality proposal document that is clear to read and broken down for cost clarity.
  4. Supporting information, if you are going to spend $000s of dollars with an Auckland construction company, the construction company can invest a bit in you. This means than when they present the proposal it should be accompanied by plans, specifications, product data sheets etc, this shows that they care, and they are willing to invest a bit of time and money to provide you the best construction outcome possible.

In conclusion a construction project big or small is often a large investment and careful consideration needs to be taken when selecting your Auckland construction company. At Zhoosh we help business with the design and construction of commercial property, helping our clients save time, money and delivering a true turnkey project delivers great outcomes from our clients.

 

 

Contact James:

E: james.fisher@zhoosh.co.nz

M: 021 242 6057

Contact Simon:

E: simon.carr@zhoosh.co.nz

M: 022 167 9123

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6 steps to an innovative learning environment at your school https://zhoosh.co.nz/6-steps-to-an-innovative-learning-environment-at-your-school/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 03:32:50 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=843

What’s involved in converting your classroom into an innovative learning environment?

 

A question often asked is “what’s involved in creating an innovative learning environment”. We have set out to set out in clear terms what’s involved in converting your existing classrooms into modern and innovative learning environments.

The Government wants all New Zealand schools to provide quality innovative learning environments by 2030. This innovative learning environment target is about the physical elements of the learning environment, and how well the property is aligned to the needs of teaching and learning at each school.

With over 2100 schools in New Zealand this is a big ask but not an unachievable or very much needed requirement. What better hope and future can we give the young generation than a quality education and part of this is the building of quality innovative learning environment buildings at our schools.

What’s important when refurbishing a classroom and converting it into an innovative learning environment?

 

The following items are the critical items that you must get right in order to meet the ministry’s guidelines.

  • Acoustics
  • Ventilation and indoor air quality
  • Heating and insulation
  • Lighting

The above elements are the four primary pillars that make up a quality innovative learning environment, of course, there are many other elements such as IT, fire protection etc that are all important and requirement but a study has shown that if you get the building acoustics right, the ventilation with maximum indoor air quality, correct heating and lighting levels the teaching and learning experience is improved dramatically.

Where to start?

 

Step 1 – Complete a learning environment assessment using the online tool (if not already done as part of your 10 YPP.

Step 2 – Complete your 5YA funding plan and budget.

Step 3 – Engage a project manager, depending on the size and complexity of your project you may need to engage an external project manager to assist with the project design and tender process. If your project is budgeted to cost less than $100,000 we recommend that you save costs and work directly with a design-build construction or refurbishment company that specialises in schools and education facilities.

Step 3 – Start the design phase, one of the most critical aspects of any project but especially a school refurbishment of an existing classroom to an innovative learning environment is the design. Poor design not only delivery’s a bad user experience it can also cost more in construction costs.

Step 4 – Project costings, once you have the design sorted put it out to the market to get a competitive market price for the project, if you use a design-build company (recommended) this will be done by the design-build contractor, the pricing is open book so you have clarity around what each aspect of the project is costing.

Step 5 – Start the building project, award the project to the most competitive contractor but be sure that the specification matches your requirements and when comparing building or construction company proposals be sure to check that there is no hidden terms or tags that have been excluded from the proposals that could leave you exposed to additional variation charges.

Step 6 – Move into your new space!

 

Want to find out how much your project could cost?

 

 

Try our project cost calculator below.

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Cost-effective end of lease office make good & strip out options https://zhoosh.co.nz/cost-effective-end-of-lease-office-make-good-strip-out-options/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 22:48:52 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=804

Cost-Effective End of Lease Office Make Good & Strip out Options

At times like these people are always looking to minimise expenses and save on unnecessary costs. For some companies this could often mean their current lease will be reviewed and moving out of their existing office might be a reality.

Lots of companies face the challenge of “Making good” or “De-fitting” their current office which is required in most lease agreements.

Typically, a lease will have and end of lease agreement where the tenant is required to make good the office of any fit-out or tenant works that have been done by the tenant during the tenancy. The make good settlement is often settled in one of two ways:

Option 1 – The tenant pays the landlord an agreed amount of money which passes the responsibly of the office make good back to the owner and you walk away.

Option 2 – The tenant returns the tenancy back to original condition and makes good the office such as walls, flooring, ceiling etc.

Option 1 at first glance may seem the simplest and easiest option however as a word of caution this option is often a lot more expensive and normally the benefits are slanted to the landlord rather than the tenant. Landlords will often get quotes from contractors (often ones they are very familiar with) at what could be slightly inflated prices and use this pricing to inflate the overall cost of make good meaning you pay a high price in settlement costs and more often than not the landlords don’t actually do the work meaning you have effectively gifted them $1000s of dollars.

The most cost-effective option is to manage the office make good yourself, however, this means contacting many various trades, getting quotes, ensuring these quotes are all apples for apples, checking if the contractors can complete the work in the timeframe required and then overseeing the office make  good project.

Issues businesses can face are;

  • Clearly scoping the works required
  • Not having the contact details for trusted contractors
  • Unsure if they are getting value for money
  • Lack of time to do this while still maintaining their normal business activities.

It is highly recommended so that you save time and money that you engage an external company that specialises in these sorts of projects, refurbishment contractors will clearly scope the minimum work that needs to be done to achieve the most cost-effective make good solution, obtain the markets most competitive contractor pricing and then manage the project through to completion.

The first place to start is with your landlord or land agent. Get a written confirmation what the make good expectations are, be prepared to negotiate as most landlords will claim more than what is required.

Next, engage a reputable company with knowledge of these sorts of projects, there are many companies out there and vary in size, cost and quality. Yes, websites and past jobs are a good place to start but also trust your gut.

Have a meeting with them, explain what you need and let them explain how they can help. They should ask you questions like, “what are the landlord requirements” “what is your budget” “what is your timeframe for works”

Once you have selected your preferred office make good refurbishment contractor, the company you engage will clarify the scope, draw up any working drawings if required and work with other specialist consultants such as fire engineers or HVAC technicians if required. They will engage their trusted network of contractors and develop a project plan. A trusted office refurbishment and make good contractor typically has open book transparent pricing so you can see the costs of each aspect of the job.

The office refurbishment make good project plan should always include, the timeframe, which contractor starts and finishes when i.e You cannot have the painter starting before the walls are repaired. Who will be your go-to contact for the project, giving you updates etc and of course a health and safety plan including a SSSP (Site Specific Safety Plan).

The right office refurbishment make good contractor should make this whole process easy, affordable and hassle-free. When moving the last thing you want to worry about is a call from your landlord saying your old site is not up to scratch.

Remember, be open about what is needed and more importantly trust your instincts.

Simon Carr – Sales and Marketing Manager Zhoosh.

Download our make good cost saving guide FREE.

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How much does it cost to refurbish an aged care interior? https://zhoosh.co.nz/how-much-does-it-cost-to-refurbish-an-aged-care-interior/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 03:43:56 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=745

A question often asked by property and procurement managers in the healthcare and aged care sectors is — how much does it cost to refurb a typical room, wing or ward? There is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. However, we can provide pricing guides and cost indications for some of the variables that are encountered in a healthcare refurbishment project.

NOTE: All costs listed below are possible examples and are exclusive of GST.

Basic Refurbishment Design Costs:

Typically for a basic healthcare refurbishment, there is no alteration to the specified systems of the building. This means that the need to obtain a building consent is unlikely. However, there are occasions when a landlord may require a building consent exemption, and that typically costs around $500 in council fees.

In addition to the cost of the consent exemption, a fire engineers report must be factored into your budget, a fee that typically ranges from $1800 – $2500. Further, the cost for the ventilation report can vary from $700 – $3000 depending on the scale and scope of the refurbishment.

Additional design time will be required to compile the consent documentation, and this typically costs $2000 – $3000. This particular design time is over and above the concept designs and construction drawings that are detailed below.

Almost all refurbishments except for a one-off room or apartment type refurbishment will require some level of planning and design. These may include selections of interior finishes and design schemes, colour coordination, construction drawings, and detailing plans. As a standard rule of thumb, a basic refurbishment would require a floor plan, finishes plan, electrical plan, elevations, and construction details. The design cost for an average project would range from $2,000 – $7,000, depending on the complexity of the individual project.

Major Refurbishment Project Design Costs:

A new building consent will be required for the following circumstances:

  1. A more complex refurbishment.
  2. A more extensive project that contains proposals to change, alter or modify specified systems such as new or modified fire protection, ventilation, sanitary works, or structural changes.

Below are the indicative design costs associated with a new or major refurbishment project:

  • Architectural and interior design $80/m2
  • Ceiling design and engineering $13/m2 (If suspended ceilings which is unlikely)
  • Ventilation design & engineering $6/m2
  • Fire design & engineering $12/m2
  • Furniture layout design $4/m2
  • Council consent fees $18/m2

Construction Costs:

In this section, we will look at the typical building costs for a refurbishment project. As with the design component, any indicative costs listed in this section are to be regarded as a rough guide, and they exclude GST, project management fees, preliminary expenses, and general costs.

In a typical refurbishment, the general scope allows for new or altered walls and ceilings, generally with new timber trims/skirtings. Further, the refurbishment typically includes upgrades to electrical and lighting, plumbing fittings, repaint of the internal walls, ceiling, trims and floor coverings. This results in an average refurbishment cost of around $300-$640/m2.

Additional costs to update or modify the following:

  • Fire protection upgrade $80/m2
  • Ventilation modification and upgrades $50/m2

Project Management & Preliminary & General:

Several items are frequently included under the title P & G or contractors’ margin. However, to simplify things, we have bundled those items together as one item in this guide.

Project management costs are the main contractor’s fee for managing the project. These costs include the coordination of the sub-contractors. Further, the project manager is responsible for maintaining health and safety and ensuring quality, project budget, and timeline.

P & G or Preliminary and General are costs such as waste bins, temporary power supplies, cleaning of buildings, temporary hoarding, protection of fencing, access, or any other project-related expenses that are not directly related to any one trade in particular. The main contractor usually allows for these costs to save each trade from the need to charge individually for their own items.

As a rule of thumb, the  P & G project management cost for a simple refurbishment project is between $15-$20 /m2

Conclusion:

To summarise, there are usually one of two scenarios:

  1. A basic room or apartment refurbishment with an ensuite bathroom including, repaint, new floor coverings, upgrade to electrical and plumbing fittings. No consent required.
  2. A major refurbishment where consent would be necessary, involving structure or specified system modifications including wall alterations, flooring upgrades, electrical and plumbing upgrades, painting.

Scenario 1 – A basic refurbishment would typically cost $350 – $450/m2

Scenario 2 – A major refurbishment could cost between $650 – $1000/m2

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Things To Consider When Planning A Building Rennovation https://zhoosh.co.nz/things-to-consider-when-planning-a-building-rennovation/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 03:31:04 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=379 The renovation of a building is often a significant financial investment. Being well-informed and aware of the challenges that lie ahead with a large-scale project can help to minimise potential obstacles and disappointment.

The following is a guide that advises you of areas that must be taken into consideration as you plan a building renovation of any size. Following this set of guidelines should provide an improved final result – one that both you and your client will be proud of.

Consideration 1: Assessing the core reason for the building renovation.

Before embarking on a building renovation journey, it is vital that you understand the core reason for undertaking the planned work. This is an essential step since it helps you to prioritise what you have to spend and focuses your attention on what matters the most to you.

For example, if you have a 30-year-old building that has a long-standing tenant, and it is in a good location, it may have out-of-date aluminium joinery that has failed, thus allowing water to leak into the building. In this instance, you would focus your renovation budget on upgrading the façade and windows, rather than recladding the roof, redoing the landscaping, or replacing the HVAC.

In any building renovation project, it is easy to get carried away with a wish list of bright-and-shiny items, thus losing sight of the core reason for the project. Losing focus may cause undue stress when the wish list causes the original budget for the project to be exceeded. If the scope of the project is clear from the beginning and the core reason for the project is adhered to, undue financial pressure can be lessened or eliminated.

Key take away: Thoroughly brainstorm the core reason for your building renovation ahead of time. Then ensure that each follow-on decision is made according to the pre-established core reason.

Consideration 2: Understanding the implications of altering or modifying specified systems.

Let’s begin by establishing what a specified system is. A specified system is a building component or system that is specified and required to meet the New Zealand building code. Any alteration or modification to a specified system will generally require a building consent.

Example: If you modify a building’s internal layout, and that results in the existing fire alarm and sprinklers becoming non-compliant with the current standards of building codes, you will need a building consent to modify the fire protection systems, thus ensuring that they are compliant with the New Zealand Building Code.

Now that you understand what a specified system is, it is critical also to understand that alterations or modifications to specified systems can have significant cost implications relating to the planned building renovation costs that were initially laid out.

For example, a 50-years-old building may have single-glazing and lightweight cement-based cladding, and you plan to modernise the building and update the façade, glazing, and cladding. By doing so, you may trigger the requirements under the New Zealand building code to meet the current building code legislation for external moisture, structural changes, seismic bracing, insulation, and noise prevention. The result could be that what you considered to be a simple re-clad could end up as an expensive project requiring upgrades on bracing, insulation, flashings, and the need to obtain new permits so that the building meets current codes.

Key take away: Before diving into flashy concept design, it’s worthwhile engaging a licensed building consultant or building compliance specialist to discuss your proposals. They can then explain the implications, potential costs, and areas of concern.

Consideration 3: Understanding how long a building refurbishment takes.

The actual time that it takes to plan out, design properly, and complete a building refurbishment project is often overlooked. Below, we’ll examine the necessary steps and provide a typical timeline for a building refurbishment project.

Concept Development – This part of the process is often the slowest, but it is critical in getting the rest of the project done correctly. Depending on the complexity of the project and how detailed the design brief is, the concept development phase can typically take up to three months. This time period allows the developer to understand the client’s core reason, research the potential concept options or storyboard ideas, produce two or three conceptual designs, and develop the final concept designs. This is all done before moving to the working drawing stage.

Working Drawings – At this stage, the detailed designs are completed, and the involvement of engineers is required to produce project-specific designs and all necessary documentation for essential areas such as fire, structural, and ventilation planning. Depending on the complexity of the design, this process can take between two to four months.

Consent – Obtaining consent is the biggest unknown factor. It is often the primary cause for delay in a project. It is a well-known fact that councils have 20 days to process a building consent application. However, the mostly unknown fact is that as soon as the council sends out an RFI or request for information document, the clock stops on the application process and the 20-day rule limit is extended. It would be wise to allow two full months for a consent application to be processed

Construction – This varies widely from project to project and will largely depend on the scale and complexity of the individual project.

However, we can give some well-informed construction times based on the project cost.

  • $10,000 to $20,000 — from 3 days to 2 weeks
  • $20,000 to $40,000 – from 3 to 5 weeks
  • $40,000 to $60,000 – from 5 to 8 weeks
  • $60,000 to $90,000 – from 8 to 12 weeks
  • $90,000 to $150,000 – from 3 to 4 months

Key take away – Be prepared ahead of time by understanding how long things take to reach completion. It can be stressful to have expectations of the completion time for a project, only to discover that it will take a full month longer to reach the end date. Knowing that, it’s better to begin planning as early as possible, and always allow for unexpected contingencies.

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What does a office refurbishment or fit out cost? https://zhoosh.co.nz/what-does-a-office-refurbishment-or-fit-out-cost/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:34 +0000 https://zhoosh.co.nz/?p=370

Office Refurbishment & Fit-out Costs.

This is a question that we are asked frequently — how much does an office fit-out cost? There is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. However, we can provide pricing guides and cost indications for some of the variables that are encountered in a commercial fit-out project.

Like anything involved in business solutions achieved through building improvements, a fit-out project is primarily determined by what you would like to achieve for your business. To assist you in your decisions, we can provide the typical costs involved in the four main areas of a commercial office fit-out or refurbishment project.

NOTE: All costs listed below are possible examples and are exclusive of GST.

Basic Refurbishment Design Costs:

Typically for a basic commercial refurbishment, there is no alteration to the specified systems of the building. This means that the need to obtain a building consent is unlikely. However, there are occasions when a landlord may require a building consent exemption, and that typically costs around $500 in council fees.

In addition to the cost of the consent exemption, a fire engineers report must be factored into your budget, a fee that typically ranges from $1800 – $2500. Further, the cost for the ventilation report can vary from $700 – $3000 depending on the scale and scope of the refurbishment.

Additional design time will be required to compile the consent documentation, and this typically costs $2000 – $3000. This particular design time is over and above the concept designs and construction drawings that are detailed below.

Almost all office refurbishments will require some level of planning and design. These may include selections of interior finishes and design schemes, colour coordination, construction drawings, and detailed plans. As a standard rule of thumb, a basic office refurbishment would require a floor plan, finishes plan, electrical and data plan, elevations, and construction details. This results in a design cost for an average office of 400m2 that would range from $4,000 – $7,000, depending on the complexity of the individual project.

Major Refurbishment or New Fit-Out Project Design Costs:

A new building consent will be required for the following circumstances:

  1. A more complex refurbishment.
  2. A more extensive project that contains proposals to change, alter or modify specified systems such as new or modified fire protection, ventilation, sanitary works, or structural changes.

Below are the indicative design costs associated with a new or major refurbishment project:

  • Architectural and interior design $80/m2
  • Ceiling design and engineering $13/m2
  • Ventilation design & engineering $6/m2
  • Fire design & engineering $12/m2
  • Furniture layout design $4/m2
  • Council consent fees $18/m2

 Construction Costs:

In this section, we will look at the typical building costs for a refurbishment or fit-out project. As with the design component, any indicative costs listed in this section are to be regarded as a rough guide, and they exclude GST, project management fees, preliminary expenses, and general costs.

In a typical refurbishment, the general scope allows for new or altered partition walls, generally with floor-to-ceiling glazing. Further, the refurbishment typically includes upgrades to electrical and data systems and a repaint of the internal walls. This results in an average office interior cost of around $140-$240/m2.

Additional costs to update or modify the following:

  • Lay new carpet tiles $80/m2
  • Install new suspended grid ceiling $65/m2
  • Update lighting $50/m2
  • Fire protection upgrade $80/m2
  • Ventilation modification and upgrades $50/m2
  • Furniture supply & installation $140/m2

Project Management & Preliminary & General:

Several items are frequently included under the title P & G or contractors’ margin. However, to simplify things, we have bundled those items together as one item in this guide.

Project management costs are the main contractor’s fee for managing the project. These costs include the coordination of the sub-contractors. Further, the project manager is responsible for maintaining health and safety and ensuring quality, project budget, and timeline.

P & G or Preliminary and General are costs such as waste bins, temporary power supplies, cleaning of buildings, temporary hoarding, protection of fencing, access, or any other project-related expenses that are not directly related to any one trade in particular. The main contractor usually allows for these costs to save each trade from the need to charge individually for their own items.

As a rule of thumb, the  P & G project management cost for a simple refurbishment project is between $15-$20 /m2

Conclusion:

To summarise, there are usually one of two scenarios:

  1. A basic office or commercial fit-out that modifies an existing space, reuses existing furniture, and is comprised of work that would not require consent.
  2. A new fit-out or major refurbishment where consent would be necessary, and new office furniture would be purchased as part of the project.

Scenario 1 – A basic refurbishment would typically cost $250 – $400/m2

Scenario 2 – A major refurbishment or new fit-out could cost between $650 – $900/m2

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