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Architects have pivotal role on fees for D&B projects

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riba council news

Architects are well placed to win good fee deals for design-and-build projects but quality control is a big headache for them, riba members feel.

Council member Ken Storey said architects played a more pivotal role because their credibility was too good. 'I do not think the fee is important any more; they need us so they will not quibble with us. I think it can be a good process but you must be careful.

'I suspect in the majority of cases the architect is appointed to design a building and then suddenly the procurement is discussed. Unless those running the project can turn up with an architect with a good track record, they will have problems.'

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