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Services & Fees
JPA can provide a wide range of architectural services; developing your brief; designing the building; specifying materials, selecting fixtures and fittings; defining workmanship standards; choosing tenderers and obtaining prices; inspecting the Works on site and certifying their value. The RIBA identify these different stages as:
We can provide only those services you need or, if you prefer, a 'cradle to grave' service for your project. For private Clients with little or no previous experience of construction, we strongly recommend this latter approach.
To ensure adequate resources can be allocated to your project our fees are generally calculated in one of two ways:
As a general rule of thumb, the bigger and simpler a project, the smaller the percentage fee.
Prior to commencing outline design (Stage C), we usually need to conduct a measured survey of your site or existing property sufficient to prepare adequate 'as existing' drawings; time expended on that work is charged at hourly rates in addition to any agreed percentage. If you already have accurate drawings of your property then we may be able to avoid this, but we would still need to undertake sufficient checks to ensure your drawings are correct. 'As existing' drawings are an essential first step before any design work can be undertaken. They are also used for any Planning or Building Regulations Applications and will form part of the tender documents.
Fees are normally charged in arrears by Stages relating to the amount of work we have done:
|Outline design||20% of the total fee|
|Detail design||20% of the total fee|
|Working drawings and specification||30% of the total fee|
|Tender action||7% of the total fee|
|Site inspection||23% of the total fee|
The majority of the Architects input occurs before obtaining tenders and the fees reflect that.
For example, an application for planning permission would be made at the end of Stage D. So the fee up to that point would be:
Agreed percentage fee x the cost estimate or contract sum for your scheme x 40%.
Professional fees are subject to VAT at the standard rate.
In addition to professional fees, there may be disbursements to the local authority for Planning Application and Building Regulations Application fees.
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