Frequently asked questions

We have been directed that our tenancy requires a new shop fitout. Where do we start?

After determining your budget and personal vision for the project, the first step to your shop fitout is engaging the services of a designer.

Transformers Retail Design is our retail design division which can assist you with all facets of the design process including retail planning, graphics and signage. Transformers Retail Design can provide both concept and full working/construction plans.

When working with your designer, they will gather a scope of works and discuss their ideas for the project as well as gain an insight into your vision. It is important to provide a realistic budget for your project from the outset this will ensure a realistic material palette is created.

Once an outcome is reached with an approved concept, the designer will seek approval from any required management. Once management has provided approval the project is then ready for quoting and full working/construction plans will be created. Initial quotes can be provided from the designer’s concept plans, however an accurate quote is obtained from the full working/construction drawings.

What is the difference between concept & full working plans?

Concept plans contain detailed 3D & 2D elevations and visual aids that provide you with an overall image of what the final product will be.

Full working plans contain manufacture and construction drawings used by all trades to complete your project.

Generally, a full set of construction plans are required for submission to council/centre management/leasing agents for design compliance approval. These plans contain all the information required to finalise your project including materials, finishes and dimensions, as well as trade instructions for completion of electrical, plumbing and cabinetry works.

How much do design plans cost?

It is important to receive design quotes in writing and to understand the type of service you are engaging, including the amount of client amendments that are included in your package.

Transformers Retail Design provide concept plans starting from $3,800. All projects are quoted on a case-by-case basis due to the nature of the works as no two projects are the same. The cost of your plans will depend on the size, scope and project type (kiosk/tenancy/double tenancy) and whether it is within a shopping centre or an independently owned building.

Does my job require council approval?

In Western Australia any project with a value of $20,000 or more requires a builders permit and must be carried out by a registered builder.

The registered builder is required to submit a builder’s permit application containing full working construction plans to the appropriate local council. Depending on the classification of the tenancy you are leasing, you may also require additional council permits. Please contact our dedicated project administration team with your proposed site address so we can provide you with more accurate details. Fees and application periods vary between local councils.

How much will my project cost?

The cost associated with your project will be determined by two factors; the size and material palette.

Generally we would advise our clients to budget no less than $1,000 per sqm. A firm open book quote can be provided by Transformers Retail Fitout itemising all required items:

  • Council Approvals
  • Certification
  • Custom Manufacture
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Signage
  • Flooring
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Air-conditioning
  • White Goods
  • Soft Furnishings

Are there any other associated costs?

Design, construction and approvals may not be the only costs associated with your project.

For example, does your tenancy have existing water, electrical and fire services? These items are Category One works and are an additional cost that are not included in quotes provided by Transformers Retail Fitout.

In many instances the shopping centre or leasing agent will contribute towards these cost, please negotiate these items with your landlord.

My budget does not allow for the full quotation, can you help?

Transformers Retail Fitout specialises in developing budget appropriate material palettes, as well as redeveloping existing design plans to meet your budget. By utilising our purchasing power to obtain great rates on existing and up and coming materials.

How long will it take to complete my project?

There are a number of factors that affect the length of your project fit out including the required council approvals.

Generally Transformers Retail Fitout is onsite for 4 weeks for a full tenancy fit and between 7 to 10 days for a kiosk.

There are 4 components to a shop fitting project:

  • Design
  • Approvals
  • Procurement
  • Construction (manufacture and site works)

The design and approval aspect can take up to 6 weeks allowing for approvals by centre management/leasing agents prior to council submission for a building permit.

Certified Building Permit Applications have a ten day turn around.
Once approval is reached the site is classified as a building site and access is restricted for insurance purposes.

During the approvals stage we can also undertake procurement of white goods and soft furnishings that are not affected by approvals. We complete custom building construction in-house using the latest available technologies. This not only saves us time but it also provides us complete control over the timing of our projects. Custom manufacture takes an average of two weeks.

How do I know I am choosing the right shop fitter?

When choosing your shop fitter, we encourage you to discuss with them;

  • Quality
  • Experience
  • Cost
  • Timing

Transformers Retail Fitout is a registered member of ASOFIA (Australian Shop & Office Fitters Association), carrying the industry mark of professionalism.

How do we get our project started?

We welcome your call or email to arrange an obligation free meeting to discuss your project requirements with our Senior Project Manager.

Every project is unique, if you have a question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us and our team will do their best to help.