6 Mar 2022

Getting the best out of your architect

As a developer, cost and profit should be at forefront of mind so it’s important to select the best architect for your development and have clear lines of responsibility.

Architect should

  • Provide independent view to ensure compliance with building and planning regulations
  • Optimise space management both in and outside of the property
  • Make the best use of natural light and fulfill new guidelines (esp relevant for Permitted Development Rights)
  • Help shoulder the stress of managing the build
  • Recommend what materials to use to deliver the highest standard and the appropriate finish
  • Recommendations for groundworks i.e. where to run pipes to save spending money unnecessarily on fittings

Choosing an architect

  • Qualifications and experience. Examples of similar projects delivered
  • References from previous clients on delivering against the brief
  • Availability to work to your timescales
  • Track record of managing processes with local authorities
  • Does their portfolio match what you want from your development?


  • Most architects offer a free initial consultation to discuss a project
  • Some propose a fee as a percentage of the total project budget whilst others charge on a time basis
  • Ideally aim for a fixed cost while carefully defining what’s included and not
  • Costs vary depending on how much involvement you want from your architect, the development size and location, and the complexity of the build.
  • Focus on ensuring your architect focuses on delivering against their area of specific expertise and free up your time to focus on profit and cost
  • Building trade website CheckaaTrade



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