An architect’s job is to respond to the unique requirements of each project with solutions to suit each client. Each project is unique with a different site, a different set of criteria and a different budget. Some clients require more of an architect’s services than others. At Ambo Architects, our mission is to save you more than the cost of our fees by adding extra market value to the building through good design; by reducing the running costs of the building through careful detailing and by reducing the cost of constructing the building through good project management. Don’t take risks with your investment. Good advice is worth paying for. Contact Ambo Architects, based in London today.
WE CAN PROVIDE FULL OR PARTIAL SERVICES
We will take you from conception and design, through local authority approvals and the tender process to on-site inspections and contract administration. This is ideal if you have never built anything before, or prefer the peace of mind of having a full service, or perhaps are too busy to worry about the day to day details of project management.
For those who have already found a builder and feel confident about managing them on site, we can provide the design and local authority approval drawings. After that our involvement would be limited to attending site visits only if requested to do so, and answering queries should you need additional advice, with fees calculated at an hourly rate.
For simpler projects or where clients are experienced with managing building work we can provide just the planning application drawings and/ or the basic technical designs for local authority approvals
An architect’s fees are a small part of the overall cost of a building project and the construction cost of a building is a small part of the overall cost of owning, running and maintaining the building throughout its life. Our mission is to save you more than the cost of our fees by adding extra market value to the building through good design, by reducing the running costs of the building through careful detailing and by reducing the cost of constructing the building through good project management. Clients who attempt to save money by using inexperienced designers can find that the downside is substantially higher costs throughout the rest of the process. Don’t take risks with your investment. Good advice is worth paying for.
For small or relatively complicated projects the fees can be 16% of the construction cost or more. For larger projects with a straight-forward content the fees may be 3% or less. Obviously, these are rough guidelines: please contact us to discuss your project so we can understand your requirements and propose an appropriate fee.
For many domestic projects the fees for a full architectural service are generally between 10% and 14% of the construction cost, with discounts available for a reduced package of services. Fixed fees can be agreed for many small commissions.
After an unsatisfactorily complicated scheme from another architects’ practice for an extension was introduced to Paul Baker at Ambo. He came up with very simple but extremely clever plan, introduced a superb builder he had worked with before and all was followed through on time and within budget. And I didn’t even have to be there. The end result is beyond my expectations. I cannot recommend him highly enough!