When it comes to an office fit-out, there are many specialist terms that can take a while to get your head around, and many ways you can go about your project. In this blog, we will cover the key differences between traditional, design and build, and evidence-based design and build.


Your internal project team takes responsibility for coordinating all project elements, although you may appoint a third-party project manager to oversee the whole project on your behalf.

This project manager then engages with architects, designers, furniture specialists, and quantity surveyors to take your brief and develop the project scheme accordingly.

A formal tender process is then used to coordinate a number of quotes on each discipline from individual contractors. Successful communication can be difficult to maintain as there are multiple independent parties, often with conflicting interests and aims.

Design & Build

Usually after a ‘beauty parade’, a shortlist of design and build companies are selected based on their previous experience and other credentials.

The shortlisted companies then take your brief and present back a solution with associated costs. Designs will be based on the assumed best fit for your company with little or no background knowledge or research.

Once a preferred company is selected, and the design and cost are agreed upon, then the project is managed in its entirety by the design and build company’s team.

Evidence-based Design & Build

This method is similar to design and build, however, the design brief is formed based on evidence and research. It takes account of what the organisation is trying to achieve, both in terms of daily activities and long-term objectives.

Evidence-based design uses facts and data from analysis to advise on the best workspace for optimum productivity and ROI.

An evidence-based workspace design and build company will still offer the full level of project management and implementation and gives the added benefit of a sustainable design that is based on data rather than design assumptions.

To understand more about the different processes and what might suit your needs best, get in touch with our team of experts at [email protected], we’d love to hear from you!

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