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EMEA Office Fit Out Cost Guide

Transform your office in EMEA with our Office Fit Out Cost Guide 2024. Initiate the enhancement of your workspace in dynamic cities like Dublin today!

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Office Fit Out Cost Highlights 2024

Cushman & Wakefield’s EMEA Office Fit Out Cost Guide offers an authoritative analysis of office renovation costs for businesses throughout EMEA. Compiled with the expertise of our Project & Development Services (PDS) team, this guide is instrumental for thorough capital planning and budgeting, accommodating a range of office fit out styles from basic installations to the most advanced, sustainable designs.

Dive into our specialised guide for EMEA, highlighting office fit out costs that capture the country's energetic and evolving business scene. Whether your objective is to design a sustainable office or a tech-savvy space, our guide provides key budgeting details and the latest insights into office design trends.

This year's Office Fit Out Cost Guide emphasises:

  • Essential factors for superior office fit outs, such as leveraging state-of-the-art technology, implementing neurodiversity-aware designs, encouraging employee re-engagement, and adapting to current labor market conditions.
  • Detailed reviews of costs across various fit out components, including high-quality millwork, innovative door solutions, and efficient mechanical system, equipping businesses with the knowledge for precise investment planning.
  • Average costs for modernising and reinstating office locations in EMEA's principal cities, offering an indispensable reference for understanding the financial aspects of office renovation initiatives.

What is an office fit out?

An office fit out is the process of designing and constructing an office space to meet an occupier’s specific needs. This can include everything from furniture and equipment to mechanical and electrical systems. An effective office refit can improve productivity, employee morale, and help create a positive brand image. Whether you are relocating to a new office or looking to refresh your existing space, our guide can help you understand the costs involved in creating your ideal workplace.

Office fit out versus office
refurbishment: what’s the difference?

An office refurbishment is an office refresh project that is often less intensive than an office fit out. It may include changing a layout, completing a renovation, putting in new furniture or replacing flooring. Often, a refurbishment can occur while the office is in use.

What is an office fit out? 
How much does it cost to fit out an office?

What are the benefits
of an office fit out?

A well-designed office fit out can have a significant impact on your business. It can help you attract and retain top talent, improve efficiency, and create a positive work environment. Investing in an office fit out is an investment in the future of your business.


What are the factors
impacting office fit out costs?

Several factors can influence office renovation costs, including:

Size/Type of Office Space

The size and type of space you are fitting out, such as an open plan or traditional office, can greatly impact the cost.

Level of Customization

  • Quality of finishes: The quality of finishes, such as flooring and wall coverings, can significantly impact office renovation costs.
  • Complexity of design: The more complex the design—such as intricate lighting or customized furniture—the higher the cost.
  • Sustainability requirements: Green building standards or sustainability requirements may increase the cost but offer long-term savings in energy usage and maintenance costs for sustainable office fit outs.
  • Mechanical and electrical services: The need for additional mechanical and electrical services, such as air conditioning or data cabling, can increase the overall costs.

Location of the Office

The cost of materials, labor, and regulations can vary greatly by location.

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Fees, Timelines and Contingencies

  • Project management and professional fees: Professional fees, such as architect and project management fees, can be a significant portion of the total office renovation costs.
  • Timeline and delivery requirements: Tight timelines or delivery requirements can add costs for expedited or overtime labor.
  • Contingencies: Contingency costs are an essential part of any budget to account for unforeseen expenses or changes during the project.

Commercial office fit out costs per square meter in Ireland

In Ireland, especially Dublin, the average fit out costs mirror the country's fast-paced economic growth and its adoption of modern workplace practices. Medium-quality fit outs in Dublin average €2,060 per sqm, reflecting Ireland's emphasis on creating innovative and sustainable work environments that cater to a diverse range of industries.

Partnering with our Project & Development Services experts to customise fit out costs according to your distinct needs is advisable, ensuring your office space meets both the aesthetic and functional demands of Ireland's dynamic workforce. The Office Fit Out Cost Guide includes a detailed examination of fit out costs, from mechanical, plumbing fire protection to electrical and general finishes, designed to aid in the development of workspaces that resonate with Ireland's unique blend of cultural heritage and contemporary business ethos.


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Request a fit out consultation and let our experts tailor solutions for your space.

For a deeper dive into how these insights can be tailored to your unique space, our team is ready to guide you through every step.

Let’s create a workspace that meets today’s needs and anticipates tomorrow's.


Maximizing your budget: understanding typical office fit out costs 

Are you planning an office fit out but don't know where to start with budgeting? It's crucial to have a clear understanding of typical office fit out costs before embarking on any project. From furniture and construction work to professional fees and audio-visual installations, the expenses can add up quickly.

Our comprehensive guide will help you navigate the process and ensure you are making informed decisions. Discover the key factors to consider when calculating your budget and how to optimise your investment. Don't let unexpected costs derail your project. Start planning today and achieve your dream office within your budget.

Average office fit out costs in Ireland by city 

In Ireland, particularly in its dynamic capital, Dublin, office fit out costs illustrate the country’s innovative approach to workplace environments, integrating modern work practices with a commitment to sustainability and design excellence. The 2024 Office Fit Out Cost Guide by Cushman & Wakefield provides an essential framework for organisations planning office renovations or new constructions, offering vital insights for comprehensive budgeting and strategic project planning.

Dublin, recognised for its vibrant tech scene and robust economic landscape, showcases fit out costs that cater to a range of business needs from startups to global corporations. Medium-quality office fit outs in Dublin average €2,060 per square meter, reflecting the city’s aspiration to provide workspaces that foster innovation, collaboration, and employee well-being within its rich cultural and historical setting. Reinstatement costs for medium-quality finishes in Dublin are notably set at €175 per square meter, highlighting the financial considerations necessary for returning office spaces to their original states upon lease expiration.

The diversity of office fit out and reinstatement costs across Ireland emphasises the importance of expert guidance and meticulous planning. It's advisable for businesses to engage with Cushman & Wakefield’s Project & Development Services team to effectively navigate the complexities of Ireland's office fit out market. Their professional advice ensures that office projects not only align with global best practices and local market expectations but also adhere to financial budgets and design requirements, making the most of Ireland’s unique business and cultural environment.

Our Services

Cushman & Wakefield offers a range of services to help you create your ideal office space. We are a trusted partner for occupiers and investors managing their capital expenditure and project delivery across Ireland. By providing consistent, trusted client service, we have created an excellent reputation locally, across Ireland, and globally. Our experienced team can guide you through the entire fit out process from concept to completion.


Project Development Services

Whether you’re an occupier or investor in real estate, working on a single asset or across an international portfolio, we’re ideally placed to support you with a comprehensive range of Project & Development Services.
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Project Management

Cushman & Wakefield’s Project Management team comprise a group of dedicated and experienced project management professionals delivering high quality schemes across a selection of Client sectors throughout Ireland.
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Climate change and limited natural resources mean that the traditional approaches of the property sector need to change radically.
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Why Choose Us?

Whether you want more value from your space and a better design, or you’re an investor and your asset needs repair, a refresh or reimagining, Project & Development Services (PDS) is here for you. We know we’ve done our job when the design and construction of the space you occupy works like clockwork, or you’re thrilled by the on-time, on-budget results.

Our team has knowledge in all verticals and specializations, managing projects, programs, and development. We watch out for risk, and our processes and buying power keep costs down for you. We have a broad perspective of the real estate life cycle and align with where you are in your journey, so the result reflects your culture and goals.

Local Team Contacts

Our team is here to support you through the fit out process. Contact our Irish team directly to learn more about our services and how we can help you create your ideal workspace.

Louise Dwyer
Louise Dwyer

Director, Head of Project & Development Services, Ireland


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Kevin MaGuire
Kevin Maguire

Director - Head of Building Surveying
Dublin, Ireland

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Robbie McGrath
Robbie McGrath

Director of Sustainability
Dublin, Ireland


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