The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has struck almost 20 per cent fewer architects off the register for non-payment of fees
The board confirmed it had struck off 1,487 architects this week for failing to cough up the £107 annual retention fee before 2015’s end-of-year deadline – 337 fewer than the 1,824 removed at the beginning of 2015.
The improved figure means 96 per cent of the profession paid up on time. But the number of those removed from the register is still higher than the 1,358 removed in 2013. Those struck off will have to pay £152 to rejoin, a figure made up of the annual £107 payment, a £35 administration charge and a £10 fee -– a reduction of £10 on last year’s sum.
The news comes as the ARB announced the number of architects in the country had reached an all-time high of 37,000. The register has increased in number by 5 per cent since the end of 2014.
ARB registrar and chief executive Karen Holmes said: ‘We are very pleased that more than 35,000 architects paid their retention fee on time this year and, in our conversations with registrants, we have been struck by how architects value and wish to maintain their registered status.
’As a public interest body, the Architects Act requires us to maintain an accurate Register. We have removed those architects who did not pay their retention fee before the deadline.
’For those architects who wish to be reinstated, our use of technology has enabled to reduce the reinstatement fee to £152 for this year, down from £162. We will work hard, over the coming days, to make this process as quick and efficient as possible.’
Beatrice Fraenkel, chair of the ARB, added: ‘We want to thank all of the architects who once again paid promptly this year. We have again been supported by the professional bodies and the press, who have reminded their members and readers to pay on time.
’As we enter the reinstatement process, we are keen to urge all architects who wish to re-join the Register to do so as soon as possible, as only those on the Register at noon on 11 January will be eligible to participate in the election of architect Board Members, either by standing as candidates, supporting nominations or voting.’
Architects who have been removed from the register can apply for reinstatement. Click here for more details.