How Are Fees Calculated?
Ever since mandatory fee scales were abolished in the 1980's market competition has determined the value of fees for projects. These are usually expressed as a Lump Sum (fixed figure) or as a Percentage fee (a percentage of the proposed build cost). Architects and architectural technicians weigh up factors such as project complexity, project profile, Client type, experience and expectations as well as procurement type and previous similar work undertaken within their calculations. This could lead to quite different results for similar projects.
Our advice is to ask for an Information Schedule or similar as part of the fee proposal so that it is clear what will be provided. Also ask for a list of any Exclusions so it is as clear what is NOT being provided.
For simple buildings or small, residential projects architectural technicians are often less expensive than Architects. This is because Architects have generally had longer years of study, are required to carry Professional Indemnity Insurance and meet other professional standards for any job no matter how small. Nevertheless it may be worth approaching both to weigh up the pros and cons of each route.
In fact, by hiring an Architect or architectural technician with extensive cost and construction knowledge the fee could be entirely offset through a more efficient construction solution for the project.
Having the right consultant for your particular job is crucial.
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