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Architects' fees continue spiralling rise

Average architectural fees have risen substantially over the last five years, according to new research released today.

After taking into account inflation, average fees have increased by 3 per cent in real terms in 2005 and by 8 per cent since 2000.

Average fees charged for commercial work have increased the most over the last five years - up by 12 per cent. Private housing work has seen average fees rise by 8 per cent over the same period.

But hourly rates, according to the 2006 edition of Architects Fees, have increased by just 1 per cent during 2005, the lowest rate of increase recorded since the survey began in 1998.

by Ed Dorrell

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