How much does a complete turnkey design and fit out cost?

The design and fit out budget required to transform a space to support your business is a key factor to achieving commercial success. Determining your budget is variable across all commercial sectors. And, the type of space you lease or purchase is a contributing factor when deciding on the interior you want to create.

Bellfort can help you achieve your ideal commercial interior design and fit out – no matter what your budget may be.

Outline budgets for commercial interior fit outs across the different sectors are as follows.

Offices from $650 – $1,800 and upwards per m²
Cafes from $950 per m²
Restaurants from $1,350 and upwards per m²
Schools and childcare centres from $850 per m²
Healthcare such as doctor surgeries, chiropractors, etc from $1,400 per m²
Government such as youth centres etc from $800 per m²

To make more sense of these outline budgets, we’ve compiled the following tables which may be of further help.

Offices

 Service

Design & fit out per m² 

 Make good

Reconfiguration 

  $600-$800 $800-$1,200 $1,200+ $75-$145 $150-$450
Architectural interior design ♦  ♦  ♦   ♦ 
Services consultant design         
Statutory approvals for building permit  ♦    
Landlord approval  ♦
Project management  ♦
Site supervision  ♦
Demolition / strip out      
Offices – 20% of floor area  ♦    
Offices – 40 to 60% of floor area        
Alter existing offices         ♦ 
Kitchen / breakout  ♦    
Timber doors  ♦    
Glass doors    ♦    
Plasterboard walls  ♦  ♦    
Glass walls with std window film  ♦  ♦    
Sound insulation above walls    ♦    
Feature window film    ♦    
Feature plasterboard ceilings    ♦    
Open plan workstations & furniture ♦   ♦    
Furniture in offices ♦   ♦    
Furniture in meeting rooms ♦   ♦    
Reception desk    ♦    
New power & data  ♦  ♦    
Alter existing lighting  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦
Alter existing power & data          ♦
Supplementary & feature lighting    ♦    
Alteration of AC & ventilation  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦
Supplementary AC – comms room    ♦    
Supplementary AC – meeting rooms etc        
Audio visual        
Access control alteration    ♦    ♦
New access control        
Alteration to fire services – smoke detection  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦
Alteration of fire services – sprinklers    ♦  ♦  ♦
New fire services – smoke & sprinklers        
Standard plumbing services  ♦    
Hot & cold filtered water unit        
New security services        
Standard level of finishes  ♦        ♦
Mid to high level of finishes   ♦       
High level of finishes      ♦    
Window treatments / blinds    ♦  ♦    
Signage ♦   ♦    
Illuminated signage    ♦    
Paint new surfaces  ♦    
Paint existing surfaces    ♦
Feature wall finishes    ♦    
Feature ceiling finishes      ♦    
Make good – floor & ceiling finishes        ♦  ♦
Builders clean  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦

Assumptions to the above information

  • All services are in good working order and comply with current standards.
  • Typical floor area is +500m².
  • Floor coverings and suspended ceilings are in place and in good condition.
  • Reconfiguration assumes alterations to an existing fit out.

Cafes and restaurants

Service

Cafe design & fit out 
per m²

Restaurant design &
fit out per m²

Make good
per m²

  $1,200-$1,500 $1,500-$2,500 $1,500-$2,500 $2,500-$3,500 $125-$250
Architectural interior design  ♦  
Services consultant design      
Statutory approvals for building permit  ♦  
Landlord approval  ♦
Project management  ♦
Site supervision  ♦
Demolition & strip out        
Dining area  ♦  
Kitchen including steel benches  ♦  
Cooking equipment & extract      
Refridgeration      
Feature plasterboard ceilings      
Back office      
Fixtures & fittings ♦   ♦  
New power ♦   ♦  
Alter existing lighting ♦   ♦
Supplementary & feature lighting      
Alterations to AC & ventilation  ♦
Supplementary ventilation to kitchen      
Fire services alteration – smoke detection
Fire services alteration – sprinklers    
Standard plumbing services  
Hot & cold filtered water unit   ♦     
Standard level of finishes      
Mid to high level of finishes      
Window treatments – window film      
Signage  ♦  
Illuminated signage      
Paint new surfaces  ♦  
Paint existing surfaces      ♦
Feature wall finishes      
Safety flooring      
Make good floor & ceiling finishes          ♦
Builders clean  ♦ ♦   ♦

Assumptions to the above information

  • All services are in good working order and comply with current standard.
  • Typical floor area is +200m².
  • Floorcovering and suspended ceilings are in place and in good condition.

Schools and childcare centres

Service

Design & fit out per m²

Make good per m²

  $800-$1,200 $1,200+ $95-$185
Architectural interior design  ♦  ♦  
Services consultant design    ♦  
Statutory approvals for building permit  ♦  ♦  
Landlord approval  ♦  ♦  ♦
Project management  ♦  ♦  ♦
Site supervision  ♦  ♦  ♦
Demolition & strip out      ♦
Play areas  ♦  ♦  
Kitchen & dining  ♦  ♦  
Timber doors  ♦  ♦  
Glass doors    ♦  
Plasterboard walls  ♦  ♦  
Glazed walls with standard window film  ♦  ♦  
Feature window film  ♦  ♦  
Feature plasterboard ceilings    ♦  
Joinery  ♦  ♦  
Furniture    ♦  
Reception area    ♦  
New power & data  ♦  ♦  
Alter existing lighting  ♦  ♦  ♦
Supplementary & feature lighting    ♦  
Alteration of AC & ventilation  ♦  ♦  ♦
Supplementary AC    ♦  
Audio visual    ♦  
New access control    ♦  
Alteration of fire services – smoke detection  ♦  ♦  ♦
Alteration of existing toilet facilities  ♦    
New toilet facilities    ♦  
Standard plumbing services  ♦  ♦  
Hot & cold filtered water unit    ♦  
New security services    ♦  
Standard level of finishes  ♦    
Mid to high level of finishes    ♦  
Window treatments – blinds  ♦  ♦  
Signage  ♦  ♦  
Illuminated signage    ♦  
Paint new surfaces  ♦  ♦  
Paint existing surfaces  ♦  ♦  ♦
Feature wall finishes    ♦  
Feature ceiling finishes    ♦  
Make good floor & ceiling finishes      ♦
Builders clean  ♦  ♦  ♦

Assumptions to the above information

  • All services are in good working order and comply with current standards.
  • Typical floor area is +800m².
  • Floorcoverings and suspended ceilings are in place and in good condition.

Doctors surgeries & chiropractors

Services

Design & fit out per m²

Make good per m²

  $1,400-$1,800 $1,800+ $125-$185
Architectural interior design  
Services consultant design    
Statutory approvals for building permit  
Landlord approval
Project management
Site supervision
Demolition & strip out    
Consultant rooms – 40% of floor area    
Consultant rooms – 80% of floor area    
Tea point    
Breakout space    
Timber doors  
Glass doors    
Plasterboard walls  
Glazed walls with standard window film  
Feature window film    
Feature plasterboard ceilings    
Joinery  
Loose furniture    
Reception area    
New power & data  
Alter existing lighting
Supplementary & feature lighting    
Alteration of AC & ventilation
Supplementary AC    
New access control    
Alteration of fire services – smoke detection
Alteration of existing toilet facilities    
New toilet facilities    
Standard plumbing services  
Hot & cold filtered water unit    
New security services    
Standard level of finishes    
Mid to high level of finishes    
Window treatments – blinds  
Signage  
Illuminated signage    
Paint new surfaces  
Paint existing surfaces
Feature wall finishes    
Feature ceiling finishes    
Make good of floor and ceiling finishes    
Builders clean

Assumptions to the above information

  • All services are in good working order and comply with current standards.
  • Typical floor area is +400m².
  • Floorcoverings and suspended ceilings are in place and in good condition.

Retail & shops

Services

Design & fit out per m²

Make good per m²

  $1,200-$1,500 $1,500-$2,500 $125-$215
Architectural interior design  ♦  ♦  
Services consultant design    ♦  
Statutory approvals for building permit  ♦  ♦  
Landlord approval  ♦  ♦  ♦
Project management  ♦  ♦  ♦
Site supervision  ♦  ♦  ♦
Demolition & strip out      ♦
Display equipment    ♦  
Feature plasterboard ceilings    ♦  
Back office    ♦  
Fixtures & fittings  ♦  ♦  
Joinery    ♦  
New power  ♦  ♦  
Alter existing lighting  ♦  ♦  ♦
Supplementary & feature lighting    ♦  
Alterations to AC & ventilation  ♦  ♦  ♦
Alterations to fire services – smoke detection  ♦  ♦  ♦
Alterations to fire services – sprinklers    ♦  ♦
Tea point    ♦  
Standard level of finishes  ♦    
Mid to high level of finishes    ♦  
Window treatments – window film    ♦  
Signage  ♦  ♦  
Illuminated signage    ♦  
Paint new surfaces  ♦  ♦  
Paint existing surfaces  ♦  ♦  ♦
Feature wall finishes    ♦  
Feature flooring    ♦  
Make good of floor & ceiling finishes      ♦
Builders clean  ♦  ♦  ♦

Assumptions to the above information

  • All services are in good working order and comply with current standards.
  • Typical floor area is +200m².
  • Floorcoverings and suspended ceilings are in place and in good condition.

Now that you have your budget sorted, you may wish to read some of our other useful information blogs such as “How can I make my office more productive” or “Signing a lease – What do I need to think about?”.

Alternatively, you may be seeking inspiration for your commercial interior design and fit out. Check out our project gallery for further interior design ideas.

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