For the average Aussie, the idea of starting a commercial or medical practice fit-out may seem quite daunting. Whether you’re looking to revamp a run-down dental practice in need of some TLC or set up a shiny new commercial space, the fit-out journey is one that is filled with many options, decisions and exciting possibilities. At Medelec, we specialise in guiding people from all walks of life through fit-outs for offices, facilities and medical practices of all shapes and sizes.
First, let’s explore what a fit-out is.
The term “fit-out” refers to the process of making an interior space ready for occupation. This term is commonplace in the construction and commercial worlds as well as in the medical practice environment. Typically, a fit-out will occur when you’re moving into a new space, but it’s also commonly used to describe an interior upgrade. Ideally, fit-outs allow a business or medical practice to establish and create the environment in which they plan to work.
Fit-out refers largely to interior areas and includes things like ceilings, floors and furnishings. Fit-out also includes critical items such as IT connections, communication arrangements and of course our favourites: Electrical technologies! Things like lighting, sound and equipment are a critical piece of the fit-out puzzle.
So, where do I start?
From the get go, you will need to start building a collection of specialised traders to bring your vision to life. Depending on how much of a vision you have, you can either choose to bring on a design team or simply start bringing in the specialists and consult as you go. At Medelec, we always work in a fully consultative way, with the project driven by you from beginning to end with our expert assistance available to you every step of the way. Each stage in the process is approved by you, in line with your unique electrical needs.
Before any large scale fit-out project you will need to get all of your chosen providers in to inspect the area and provide a quote for the work. You will need to ensure that you have design briefs in place, technical plans on hand and an idea of how much of the project management you would like your tradies to be responsible for. Once you have received the quotes from all providers, take your time to review them carefully and in full. Ask questions and make sure you are comfortable with all elements in the quote.
One of the most important parts of this initial process is to find a team that you gel with and who you feel you can trust. Fit-out can be a very personal experience and it is important that the team you choose is on board with your vision and are also industry experts in their field.
Once the fit out has commenced, be sure to engage with the team regularly. You have the power to make decisions and ensure that your commercial space or medical practice is coming together exactly the way you pictured it. At Medelec, we understand that all projects are custom by nature. It is important that you feel confident in offering your insight when you work with your fit-out team on site.
How can I make fit-out more manageable for me?
If you’re responsible for a full fit-out with multiple moving parts, one of the ways you can make your journey a little easier is by employing an interior-focused project management company. These companies assist by providing a dedicated project manager who will take on the operational tasks and planning. They will contact companies like us to manage the electrics as well as the other specialised trades like plumbers, cabinet makers, IT professionals and interior designers.
If you’re planning on managing this yourself, that is also absolutely fine. The key to successful fit-out management is getting the right people on the job. You’ll find that many businesses work together regularly and have preferred suppliers and partners to help ease the decision-making burden.
If you’re in the market for an electrical specialist to join your fit-out then Medelec is the industry expert for you. Our projects are fully custom and we work with our customers to reach the perfect solution for every space. Give us a call on 0409 681 998 to find out how we can help bring your business or medical practice to life.