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Architects blast council over tender’s 70:30 weighting of cost over experience


I would suggest that even experienced clients don't have the foggiest notion how to assess fee bids. They assume a higher fee estimate must be simply a fatter profit, they cannot get their heads around the fact that higher fees probably are a result of putting more manhours onto the job -and almost always mean a better, cheaper, more efficient building at the end of the day. You would think the RIBA would be banging the drum on everyone's behalf to inform the outside world of this, but scarcely a word out of them. For some of our specialist activities we see a lot of architects drawings on projects, and it is always obvious who are doing cut-price work. I can imagine a time in the not too distant future when contractors just refuse to price jobs properly because the architect, QS or engineers haven't designed enough detail into the tender.

Posted date

5 July, 2018

Posted time

9:57 am