Clinic By Design

The Real Cost of a Medical Fitout

A question we get asked a lot by potential clients is “What does a medical centre fit out actually cost?”. 

Unfortunately it isn’t a straight forward answer, and even though we can give ball park figures in order to help give you an idea of what you might be up for, the final cost of your medical centre fit out will depend on a few factors. 

1. Are you going from Residential to Commercial?

One popular misconception when it comes to medical centre fit outs and their cost is that it is an easy transition between residential and commercial.


There are actually many factors that come into play in order to gain council approval when opening a medical facility within a residential area and therefore it is definitely worth investing some time with a medical fit out specialist to go through the pros and cons of the area you may been looking to purchase in.


Not only can council reject any plans to turn a residential premises into a medical facility but there is also the factor of neighbours that can also put up a fight in order to prevent clinics opening next door.

2. How old is your building?

The age of your current tenancy, or building you are looking to purchase, can make a big difference when it comes to the amount of time and money you will need to invest into it.


For example we come across a lot of old clinics that are not up to date with the current body protection standards and therefore a complete overhaul of the electrical services will need to take place in order for a new clinic to open.


These kinds of things can be a surprise cost if it isn’t something you are aware of when looking at potential properties or clinics.

3.What kind of modifications would you like to do?

What you want to do with your medical centre fit out makes all the difference when it comes to final costings.


Take for example something as simple as your reception desk. Although this may seem like a straight forward item the cost difference between a laminate reception desk and a statement piece made from stone can be quite considerable.


It is very important to understand the cost differences in materials and finishes when going through this stage of your medical centre fit out design.


As a very rough estimate you can base costing on the below. (remember these are very much ballpark figures and the final costing will depend on the factors discussed in this blog)

$1,700 per m2 for a Warm Shell Fit Out (warm shell is a tenancy that has been fitted out with basic services such as ceilings, lighting, plumbing and HVAC)


$2,000 – $2,500 per m2 for a Complex/ Specialist fit out


$2,500 – $3,000 per m2 for a Cold Shell Fit Out (cold shell is a tenancy with no services)


Getting the right advice about the real costs of your medical centre fit out is imperative in order to reduce the risk of any nasty surprises down the track and nothing can compare to speaking directly with a medical fit out specialist.