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High registration costs for 'design and billed' architects

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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.

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