Architects Fees Explained

There are a number of different methods of calculating fees for architectural services. Each project is different therefore a quotation and appropriate payment schedule is put together on an individual basis. There are generally 3 or 4 methods used:

  1. Percentage Fee (used for most projects)
    An estimate of the overall build cost (ex. VAT) is made and our fee is taken as a percentage of this figure e.g. 6% of an estimated contract sum of £250,000
    Percentages vary depending on the value and nature of the work. The whole fee is broken down into stages with payments due at the end of or during each stage.
  2. Fixed Fee (used for smaller projects)
    This is a simple method in which a fixed cost is agreed for each stage of work. This is used mostly for smaller projects or short term agreements where the scope of work is predictable.
  3. Lump Sum
    Similar to above this is used where the scope of work is predictable and the project is short term.
  4. Hourly Rate
    This is generally used when the scope of works is predictable in both its nature and time. Ideal for admin based tasks and one off site visits etc.It is also worth noting that a combination of the above methods of calculating fees can be used e.g. hourly rate for outline/feasibility proposals and a percentage agreement for the remainder of the project should you take the project further.