We structure our fees in accordance with the RIBA Plan of Works, which divides a project into 4 distinct stages. These stages present a clear and easy to follow method from feasibility through to planning, building regulation compliance to building on site. At each stage a percentage of an overall fee is applied to cover the work relevant to that particular stage.
The overall fee for a project is generally a percentage of the building contract sum, and is calculated using an industry recognised fee scale. Fee scale percentages for Mews House projects typically vary from 11 to 13%, depending on the scale and complexity of the work and level of services expected from RBD. This provides a fair system which takes into account the amount of work required for varying projects sizes and their type. Occasionally this can be adjusted for project specific requirements, others clients prefer as a fixed price lump sum or on a time charge basis. How much or how little you commission our services is up to you – from an initial design discussion through to the final delivery of the project on site.
We advise that project budgets take into account our fee, and those of all appointed consultants, statutory fees, the cost of the works and VAT. RIBA also publish a useful guide on ‘Working with an Architect for your Home’ .