ARCHITECTS 4 YOU (Bedfordshire)

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Chartered RIBA Architect (Royal Institute of British Architects) and RIBA Chartered Practice

RIBA Conservation Architect (CA)

Registered Chartered Architects. (Architects Registration Board, Arb)

Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC for Grade I Listed Buildings)

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Established 1962


Our Architects fees depend on the size, type and quality of the project that a client requires.

Fees vary for many different reasons, yet as with most services, the fee generally reflects the level of service provided and the quality of the completed building.  

The cost of an architect should be considered in conjunction with the value that the particular practice is able to add to a project.

Time charge: Time charged fees work well at the start of a project when the scope hasn’t been clearly defined. They can also provide flexibility with a ‘pay as you go’ approach when used for the entire process. This option offers the least fee certainty for the client  and we will estimate the total number of hours required, or agree hourly caps. Example -Sketch Scheme stages or investigative work stages will be charged on an agreed hourly rate until the brief is agreed.

Fixed Price: This type of fee will be very carefully defined based on specific items of work. The fee will need to be renegotiated if the nature of the appointment changes significantly. This approach may, therefore, be best for a straightforward project with a very clearly defined brief.

Percentage fee: A percentage fee gives the client a reasonable indication of total architectural fees, whilst also allowing for some flexibility if the project scope is increased. Percentages are based on the construction cost (excluding VAT and professional fees), as this is generally proportionate to the work required by the architect. This is often used for Churchwork and  complicated historic buildings. The fee will be automatically adjusted to any changes in the estimated construction cost. This estimate is refined during the design process, providing a straightforward way of adjusting fees to changes in the project size or complexity, without having to renegotiate. Percentage fees are usually divided into monthly payments during each work-stage. 

Examples and rough guides after the brief and budget costings have been agreed (after sketch scheme or investigative work stage)

Typically, work to planning is around 30% of a full architectural fee.

Typically, work to building regulations & production drawings is around 30% of a full architectural fee.

Typically, work to produce a specification & schedule of work to go out to tender is around 30% of a full architectural fee.

Typically, to prepare a contract with builders, site administration including site meetings, minutes, interim payment certificates, answering queries to completion  is around 10% of a full architectural fee but we charge this stage on an hourly rate to ensure this stage to ensure we go out as often as needed and do what ever is needed (answer queries, extra details etc) to ensure everyone is happy on site.

Example: Extensions, alterations and loft conversions

These are resource-intensive projects due to the complexity of working with existing buildings. There are few economies of scale or repetition. It is worth noting that these types of projects seldom occur in isolation, as there is often some refurbishment of the existing house too. 

£100k budget: 14%,

 £200k budget: 13%, 

 £500k budget: 12% 

Example: Listed building fees These projects are even more resource-intensive due to the complexity of working with listed buildings. The process of obtaining listed building consent and designing for the alteration or restoration of historic fabric requires an experienced architect with specialist knowledge.

 £100k budget: 

16%, £200k budget: 

15%,  £500k budget: 14%

It’s worth noting that even with an agreement for a full architectural service, a client may end the appointment at any time during the process, providing that fees for work already completed have been paid.

A construction project is a long and sometimes stressful process, so it pays to select THE VICTOR FARRAR PARTNERSHIP  

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If you're looking for an amazing qualified Chartered Architect (Arb, RIBA) who can visualise your dream-home extension or project and design it to your budget then this is the right Chartered Practice 4 You. We take pride in the work we deliver and have no interest in making a quick buck. We are honest with our advice, reasonable with our fees and realistic with our timescales.

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 Beware of unqualified people offering architectural services. Laurane Bubbins is qualified and experienced.

To call yourself an architect in the UK you must be registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB), who is there to protect your interests as a member of the public. It’s members must adhere to their professional code of conduct. You can check whether your ‘architect’ really is an architect on their website here: Some architects also subscribe each year to be a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Laurane Bubbins is the owner 

Architects Accredited in Building Conservation AABC

Royal Institute of British Conservation Architects CA RIBA                          

Institute of Historic Building Conservation IHBC

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