The terms CAT A and CAT B are commonly used in the fit-out sector, but there are no standard definitions.
Typically, CAT A refers to the “Landlord fit-out”, a blank canvass state that is used to return the building to a base state and present the space to future tenants and CAT B, the “client fit-out” that tailors the space to specific requirements. This process has been under increased scrutiny with the British Council of Offices (BCO) in their recent report Circular Economy in Offices
recommending that CAT A is eliminated from office fit-out unless specified by the incoming occupier.
In this article, SpecFinish asked three experts from Fourfront Group, at BW: Workplace Experts and Perkins & Will for their opinion on this very topical and divisive subject.