I read Paul Hyett's (predictable) article regarding us as 'mischievous and dangerous charlatan' quantity surveyors with great amusement and make the following comments.
Perhaps his client should try to change the fee terms to a fixed-price fee instead of a percentage fee (as most clients seem to have done in the past few years).
An estimate is only as good as the information it is based on, which, in my experience if you are extremely lucky, may include drawings to an acceptable standard from the architect.
What about the 'mischievous and dangerous charlatan' architects who offer their client a full design service and then sit back while the design work is actually carried out by various subcontractors (and QSs) as a result of the architect's inability and/or general unwillingness to involve himself with something as trivial as detailed design.
It is hardly surprising with attitudes such as Mr Hyett's that many clients are using procurement methods that marginalise the architect.
I could so easily have written an article entitled 'covering up for an architect's poor drawings', but I prefer to try to rub along with my fellow professionals as none of us are perfect.
Guy Creswell, Leatherhead, Surrey