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Making Your Space Work for You: Navigating the Complexities of Commercial Fit-outs with JCVA

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

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You know what they say: a happy workspace equals a happy workforce, but what does it take to create a workspace that really works for you? Welcome to the world of commercial fit-outs, where designing and constructing a workspace is more than just slapping on a coat of paint and calling it a day.

Commercial fit-outs involve comprehensive customization of your workspace, from the layout and furniture to the lighting and color scheme. It's a collaborative effort with the project stakeholders to create a space that enhances productivity, boosts efficiency, and supports your business goals.

Fit-outs 101

When it comes to commercial fit-outs, one size certainly does not fit all. Depending on the level of customization and amenities required, fit-outs can be categorized into several different types. Understanding these can be instrumental in identifying the most suitable fit-out for your business needs. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of commercial fit-outs.

Shell and Core Fit-Out

Shell and core fit-outs are like a blank canvas - the basic structure is there, but the tenant gets to customize the space to their heart's content. This type of fit-out includes the building's exterior elements, including walls, roof, windows, doors, elevators, stairs, and restrooms. From there, the tenant can add their finishing touches to create a space that's uniquely theirs. This is ideal for businesses that require large interior spaces.

Category A (Cat A) Fit-Out

This type of fit-out involves the bare necessities to get your space up and running. It is usually handled by landlords or property owners, and it’s intended for spaces that are ready to be rented out. The Cat A fit-out is like a starter kit of commercial fit-outs as it provides the bare necessities for a space to be functional. It typically includes essential utilities such as lighting, power, air conditioning, plumbing, and ventilation, but they lack the customized features that make a space truly work for your business.

Category B (Cat B) Fit-Out

The Cat B fit-out is a comprehensive fit-out carried out by the tenant after the landlord has completed a Cat A fit-out. This allows tenants to unleash their creativity and turn a bland space into a unique work of art. In addition to the standard interior walls and flooring, the Cat B fit-out includes partitioning, customized lighting, data and telecoms infrastructure, and specialized features like meeting rooms, breakout areas, and kitchens. It's the perfect fit for businesses that want to showcase their brand and create a unique working environment that inspires creativity and collaboration.

Revitalize Your Workspace

Choosing the right type of commercial fit-out for your business can be daunting. In JCVA, we believe every business deserves a workspace tailor-made to their unique requirements. That's why we offer bespoke commercial fit-out solutions that are designed to transform your workspace into a hub of productivity and creativity.

Our team brings passion, creativity, and expertise to every project, resulting in workspaces that are both functional and visually stunning. For every project, we actively collaborate with our clients to understand their needs and preferences. From there, we engage in meticulous planning to ensure that every aspect of the fit-out is executed flawlessly.

JCVA’s commitment to providing workspaces that surpass our clients' expectations is unwavering. We take pride in our impressive history of outstanding commercial projects, such as the ING Business Shared Services Office Expansion, Lazada Project NOAH, Angkas Headquarters, and CWC Design Center.

Whether you need a basic fit-out or a more customized solution, our team of experts can guide you through the process from start to finish. Contact us today at or visit to learn more about how we can help you make your space work for you.


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