SMITH AND ROPER ARCHITECTS AND SURVEYORS TERMS & CONDITIONS
Fees will be calculated as set out in our fee proposal letter – generally a percentage of the construction cost, a lump sum, or an hourly rate. Additional services will be charged at an hourly rate or as otherwise agreed. VAT will be added at the current rate. Unless specified otherwise it should be assumed that all fees, budget costs etc are quoted exclusive of VAT.
Our current hourly rates are £70/hour for Directors, £55/hour for Senior Architects and £40/hour for junior Architects and £27.00 for assistants.
Where fees are charged as a percentage of the construction cost, then the construction cost will be taken as the estimated construction cost up until time of tender sum will be adjusted to reflect additions or omissions to the contract
works as the project progresses. The final — at which stage the accepted tender sum will be substituted. The construction cost of the completed project will be used to calculate our total final fee. Where elements of the work are supplied by the client or carried out by specialists or others outside the main contract, then the value of these will be included in the construction cost for the project.
Should you decide to stop work on your project, then we reserve the right to calculate fees based on the hours logged on your project up to the date we are told to cease work. This figure will not exceed the full value of the fees quoted for that stage of the project. Our time will be charged at our current hourly rate.
We will ask you to sign off the design at regular stages during the works. Any significant design changes made after these sign offs may incur additional fees. Note that such changes might invalidate previous planning or building regulations consents.
Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors fees do not include expenses (unless specifically negotiated otherwise), VAT, local authority and other fees associated with the project, nor fees for other consultants.
Reasonable expenses such as travel and printing will be included in the declared fee.
Disbursements such as local authority fees will be paid directly by the client.
Invoices will be submitted monthly or as otherwise stated in our fee proposal letter. All fees are payable within 14 days of the issue of our invoice. We reserve our statutory right to charge interest at 8% above base rate on late payments and compensation for debt recovery costs under late payment legislation.
Our Appointment will be in accordance with one of the following RIBA forms of Appointment: RIBA Standard Agreement 2012: Architect, RIBA Concise Agreement 2012: Architect, RIBA Domestic Project 2012: Architect (with 2015 amendment). We will agree with you the most appropriate form for your project. These forms of Appointment will set out the nature of the project, our obligations to you, your obligations to us, the services we will provide, the fees we will charge, and the terms and conditions of the Appointment. We will formalise the Appointment with you on the basis of the fee proposal letter, and any agreed adjustments, once the initial feasibility stages are completed.
Scope of services
The scope of our services will generally be as described in our fee proposal letter, and as itemised in the agreed Appointment Document. If additional services become necessary as the project progresses, they will be charged at an hourly rate but may be adjusted to a lump sum or additional fee percentage by prior agreement. Before commencing the additional work, we will require written confirmation of your agreement to the fee proposal.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
We hold professional indemnity cover sufficient for your project. The level of cover allocated to your project will be as set out in our Appointment Document.
Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors may instruct structural engineers and other specialist consultants on your behalf. However, their appointment and arrangements for payment will be made directly with you, the client. Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors will not be responsible for the quality of their work.
Information supplied by the client
Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors will not be responsible for any losses due to work based on dimensions, drawings or other materials supplied by the client – nor for losses due to work carried out from drawings produced by third parties.
Information prepared by the Architect
All drawings, documents and other information produced by Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors remain copyright of Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors.
All drawings, notes and documentation including electronic documents produced remain property of Smith and Roper Architects and Surveyors until all fees relating to that work are paid.
Any disputes arising between us are to be governed by the law of England and Wales.
For private home clients: as consumers you have the right to refer any dispute between us to the courts. We will discuss alternative dispute resolution with you (arbitration, adjudication) prior to confirming the agreed dispute resolution method in the Appointment document.