The RIAS guide “Why use a Chartered Architect ?” gives a good explanation of the services and value an architect can provide for a project. You can download this document by clicking here.
Also the RIBA guide “Working with an Architect for your home” is a good starting point, found here.
Our Schedule of Charges ~ Fees
Free initial consultation
The initial meeting to discuss the client’s requirements is not charged, unless the project is at a great distance when a nominal charge is made to cover travel costs.
Before the fee can be agreed, both architect and client should establish:
- The project details and services to be provided
- The procurement method
- An approximate construction cost
- The project timetable
Our fees are based on skills, experience, overheads and the resources needed to undertake the work. We normally calculate a total fee to be charged at an agreed percentage of the construction costs where we are providing the full service. A restricted service is usually charged on a time basis.
This percentage we use is based on:
- The classification of the building (whether new build or works to existing)
- The size of the project (the larger the project, the smaller the percentage)
- The site constraints and complexities (a simple flat serviced plot of land requires less work)
- The nature of the design specification (a higher design spec that will be much more unique needs more time spent on selection with client, technical research and communication with contractor to get the best possible solution and finish).
In the early stages the construction costs are based on:
- All of the above
- An approximate rate per square metre of internal floor area of the proposed design
- Any additional information from the client about budget
- Any budget quotation given by contractor, subcontractors, consultants or suppliers.
At the later stages of the project when the construction costs are more known, the figures are based on the total value of all works within the project site. This may include tender accepted main contract and subcontractors’ figures.
In 2006 an independent annual survey of fees by Mirza & Nacey Research recorded the general level of architect’s fees for providing a full service for mostly new private houses to be between 8% and 12% of the construction cost. On projects to refurbish or extend houses, or for repair and conservation work on historic buildings, the fee can be a larger percentage of the building cost.
This total fee is broken into stages related to the RIBA work stages as shown below:
RIBA Stage 1
Initial consultation and site visit to determine project feasibility, usually charged as an hourly rate but deducted from account if the project goes ahead and we are instructed. Invoiced after client meeting.
RIBA Stage 2
Initial sketch design with outline drawings to meet clients brief. To commence work a measured survey will need to be carried out by a consultant which is an additional cost. Invoiced after sign off from client.
RIBA Stage 3
Design for full Planning Permission submitted and local authority queries dealt with. At this stage there will be an additional cost for the Planning application fee and may be costs for extra time spent if 3D visualisation services are required for marketing or Planning purposes. Invoiced after submission to council.
RIBA Stage 4
Building Warrant submission for Building Regulation approval. At this stage there will be an additional cost for a SAP calculation (energy use analysis) and the Warrant application fee. Invoiced after submission to council.
RIBA Stage 4
Produce drawings and specification for project to be priced by contractors. Invoiced after tender accepted.
RIBA Stage 5 & 6
Administer and inspect all building work at regular intervals to achieve satisfactory completion. Invoiced at monthly stages throughout the building process at a timescale agreed with client and builder based on schedule of works.
As each project is unique, we are happy to discuss your specific needs. Please contact us via phone or email initially and we can arrange a visit to your site for an appraisal if necessary.