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Architect's Fees in London

This article explores average rates of Architect’s fees in London for various types and sizes of projects, focusing on private residences.

If you're planning on undertaking a construction project in London, you're probably already aware that hiring an architect is a crucial part of the process. However, one of the most important

factors you need to consider is the cost of their services. Architect's fees can vary depending on various factors, including the size of the project, the location, the complexity of the design, and the experience and reputation of the architect.

In London, you can expect to pay around 8-15% of the total construction cost for the architect's services. Some very typical rates have been outlined below. Note, VAT is typically payable on all architect's fees.

This fee is usually broken down into several stages following the RIBA Plan of Works covering aspects, such as feasibility, the initial design, planning permission, and construction phases. It's essential to clarify the scope of services and costs with the architect upfront to avoid any unexpected costs and we at Open Volume Studio very clearly detail out our scope at every stage of the project, clearly indicating what may be provided within specific timeframes and when this will be due for payment.

Another essential factor that can impact architect's fees is the level of involvement they will have in the project. Some architects may only provide design and planning services, while others may also manage the construction process.

If you choose an architect who manages the project from start to finish, you may pay a higher fee, but it can be beneficial for the project's success and your peace of mind. We strongly believe that our value at Open Volume Studio is in the continuous control over concept and quality throughout the build. Too many projects have been constructed without architectural involvement adding huge stresses to clients who often compromise with contractors for simpler solutions that can cost the client more.

It's also worth considering that you get what you pay for in terms of architecture. While you may be tempted to choose a lower-priced architect to save money, this can backfire in the long run. A more experienced and reputable architect may be able to save you money through their expertise in efficient design, materials, and construction methods. The quality of the practice may bring interesting design elements and a new creative way to reconfigure a site. Good design is almost always Value Adding, and often far more so than the architect’s fees.

At Open Volume Studio we always endeavour to provide the most cost effective solution to our clients, reflecting the amount of work a project will require to the level of specification our clients want. This is based on our experience, time and ultimate desire to build beautiful things.

Many architects have several packages for which they can provide quotes. In many ways, architects are the most qualified spatial and qualitative designers, having spent many years studying the most creative ways of coordinating and arranging spaces, finishes and atmospheres. At Open Volume Studios our services can include:

  1. Full Architectural Services - following the RIBA Plan of Works

  2. Partial Architectural Services - several or singular segments of the Plan of Works

  3. Interior Design Services - full or partial interior design and specifications

  4. Bespoke Joinery and Furniture Services - drawings ready for fabrication

  5. Garden and Landscape Design - drawings ready for gardeners

  6. Contract Administration Services - usually included in the Full Package at OVS

  7. Principal Designer Duties - overseeing the health and safety HSE requirements

These fees are often broken down into several packages beyond the full architectural services. Many architects and designers will charge either hourly or fixed fees for these packages depending on their complexity. Typical architect's hourly rates start at £100/hour.

However, we always advise that when considering architect's fees in London, it's important to research and compare several options. It's also essential to factor in the value they will bring to your project, beyond the cost. Remember, good architecture can not only enhance the aesthetics of your property but also improve its functionality, end value and energy efficiency. So, investing in an experienced and reputable architect can have long-term benefits beyond the initial cost. At Open Volume Studio, we provide advise to developers, shop keepers, show rooms, and many types of private clients on all their matters including renewable technologies, sustainable approaches, material choices and bespoke internal and external finishes.

In conclusion, architect's fees in London can vary based on several factors, including the size, complexity, and location of the project. Still, it's essential to remember that investing in quality architecture can provide long-term benefits. Be sure to research several architects and their services to make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and budget.

Typical Costs FAQs:

How much does an architect charge for a house extension?

For a typical house extension costing around £200,000 + VAT an architect would charge 13% for a full service.

How much does an architect charge for a new build house?

For a typical new build house costing around £500,000 +. VAT an architect may typically charge around 8%.

How much does an architect charge for a listed building?

For a refurbishment of a listed building costing around £200,000 +. VAT an architect may typically charge around 15%.

How much does interior design cost?

As an addition to architectural packages, the cost may be around 1-2%. As a stand-a-lone interior design project fees may increase up to 5-8%.

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