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AJ100 analysis: Fees

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Architects benefited from increased construction activity,  which filled order books and translated into higher fees

2016.09.07   AJ100 Graphs   AJ100 fee scale

2016.09.07 AJ100 Graphs AJ100 fee scale

Aggregate fee income rose £131.4 million in the 12 months to December 2015, with 70 of the 98 practices that submitted data reporting that they had billed higher fees.

The firms that saw their UK fee income rise most were Allies and Morrison (up £11 million), Arup Associates (up £9.1 million), BDP (up £7.7 million) and PLP Architecture (up £7.4 million).

London firms have seen their UK fees rise by a median of 12 per cent – double that of the rest of the country

London-based firms fared well, accounting for 87 per cent of the additional £131.4 million charged. The same practices have seen their UK fees rise by a median of 12 per cent – double the 6 per cent achieved by firms based or headquartered in the rest of the country.

The percentage fees charged on individual projects are creeping back up too, although at a slower rate than The Fees Bureau reported last year (AJ 22.10.15). Aziz Mirza, director of The Fees Bureau, said: ‘The upward move in average fees is also something we’ve recorded; it’s supported by rising workloads and activity. But our research differs from the AJ’s in that our increase looks larger and we are recording higher average fees for much of the project range.’

Since The Fees Bureau looks at practices of all sizes, the AJ100 data suggests the UK’s bigger architectural outfits are charging less in terms of percentage fees.

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