Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

High registration costs for 'design and billed' architects

  • Comment

Architects could face a bill of £31,000 if they want to register with the Design Build Foundation (dbf), it emerged this week. The estimate, for a typical single office practice, came as the dbf launched its registration scheme for consultants and architects on Monday. The dbf will assess practices on criteria such as policy on human resources, experience of design and build work and it competence before adding them to an approved list of contractors and consultants working at the leading edge of design and build.

'It's a major expense and you've got to ask what you are going to get out of it,' said Benoy marketing director, Julia Loach. Abbey Holford Rowe partner Brian Johnson said his practice was likely to register but said the commercial advantages were unclear. The £31,000 cost includes an expected application fee of £8000, around £3000 for introducing personnel policies in line with the Investors in People scheme, the annual dbf membership fee, and an estimated £15,000 cost associated with implementing quality management standards demanded by the dbf.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.