Fixed Fee Quoting

Fees are quoted as a fixed fee and vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. This fixed fee is based on a percentage of an estimated build cost and is usually between 8 – 12% for a full architectural service.

We don't quote fees as a percentage of the works because we don't see why our fees should go up if your project doesn't come in on budget.

Our full service is broken down as follows: 

  • Brief development and outline design proposals. Scheme design and planning submission. 30%
  • Detailed design development. Construction drawings and Building regulations submission. 40%
  • Contract Administration and site inspections. 30%

Invoices are sent at the end of each of the above stages, unless your project is of sufficient size or complexity whereby each of these stages might take several weeks to complete. If this is the case, then invoices will be sent on a monthly basis. We ask that invoices are settled within 14 days of issue.

When would I pay an hourly rate? 

We only charge an hourly rate for work that is difficult to estimate. For example, if your project is particularly contentious and requires protracted planning negotiations. We are more than happy to give a lump sum fee for the remainder of the work once planning negotiations are complete.

Are there any hidden costs?

We do our best to ensure that our fee includes for all disbursements (including travelling expenses and printing costs etc). We will always let you know (before proceeding) if you are likely to incur costs in addition to our fee. Fees for other consultants and local authority charges are not included in our fee.

Do I need to sign anything?

Yes. After our consultation visit we will send you the following:

  • Letter of appointment (detailing the project brief and our fees).
  • Standard conditions for the appointment of an architect.
  • Schedule of services.

If you are happy to appoint us for your project then we ask that you sign and return the letter of appointment (via e-mail or post). We will then countersign it and send you a copy for your records.

Please note that as a registered member of the Architects Registrations Board it is part of our code of conduct to enter into formal written agreement with clients.