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Architect's fees for a side return extension - what are reasonable charges?

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said · 05/09/2009 15:31

We've been quoted £1500 including all Building Regs, Planning permission fees etc. Is this reasonable/steep? I know I shoudl get more quotes but if this is okish I'm ok with that. Thanks

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said · 07/09/2009 11:36

Anyone??

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elsiepiddock · 07/09/2009 12:01

It depends on the build cost but it sounds very steep to me. I'm a building control officer so know a bit about what people are charged.

Have you tried a technician as opposed to an architect? They are ususally much more reasonable.

said · 07/09/2009 12:39

Thanks. He's said he's quoted the max so likely to be lower, possibly. His costs seem to be approx £800.

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said · 09/09/2009 10:34

Anyone else? Please?

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barbarapym · 09/09/2009 21:14

Sounds slightly on the high side for where we are ( London) - assume it's just for drawings? But it depends where you are and the scale of what you have in mind. We paid a percentage of the build cost but that was for project management as well.

I would always get three quotes, and look at getting a surveyor or technician if what you want is relatively straightforward. RIBA are helpful and will email you a list of possibles if you tell them what you are thinking of doing.

barbarapym · 09/09/2009 21:15

Sounds slightly on the high side for where we are ( London) - assume it's just for drawings? But it depends where you are and the scale of what you have in mind. We paid a percentage of the build cost but that was for project management as well.

I would always get three quotes, and look at getting a surveyor or technician if what you want is relatively straightforward. RIBA are helpful and will email you a list of possibles if you tell them what you are thinking of doing.

said · 09/09/2009 21:17

Hmm, thanks. Was hoping it was in the ok range so could avoid getting too many other quotes but I'm going to have to aren't I? Thanks though.

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caykon · 13/09/2009 13:44

We got a few quotes and in the end paid £1000 for plans and building regs stuff for a rear 2 storey extension. We are oxfordshire. That was with an architect.

CybilLiberty · 13/09/2009 13:45

£1500 sounds about right if all planning fees are included in that. In fact, it sounds reasonable.

ladymoo · 13/09/2009 14:00

we just paid about that so i hope it's reasonable!

said · 13/09/2009 17:19

Oh, some alternative views. Thanks. What does an architect do that a technician can't? Will they do the same liaising with teh builder shoudl things start to Go Wrong Pavlov-style?

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