Guest Blog: Why use the services of an RIBA accredited Architect?

It is a general belief that Architects are unaffordable; this is not true. If we take into consideration that property is one of the most expensive acquisitions that one obtains or indeed purchases. It is therefore important to use the services of an Architect as they will save you time and money.
An Architect’s Practice, will give you guidance on all the aspects of your project from design and a building budget cost through to planning and construction. In a short space of time you can gain an enormous amount of valuable information, which will help you realise your project. However, for a more detailed cost planning and analysis it is always recommended to use a Quantity Surveyor.

What are the key stages of a project?

Architects can be appointed for specific stages of the project and these stages have been in use for a long time. In 2013 the RIBA produced the plan of works, which can be accessed on line for further details. In brief here is a list of the key stages: –

Stage 0 – Strategic Definition

Stage 1 – Preparation and brief

Stage 2 – Concept Design

Stage 3 – Developed Design

Stage 4 – Technical Design

Stage 5 – Construction

Stage 6 – Handover and Close out

Most Architects will adapt the stages to suit the way they work/operate keeping within the defined key stages area as listed above.

Why choose an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice?

Choosing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.

• The architectural work is done under the supervision of an RIBA architect.
• Architects are required to maintain a record of their professional and obligatory CPD seminar attendance.
• The practice has an appropriate level of Professional Indemnity Insurance.
• The practice operates a project-based quality management system.


Fees will vary depending on the location and complexity of the project and level of the service expected from them. The Architectural fees may be charged to you on the basis of a total project cost, on a fixed price lump sum or on a time charge basis. Any additional work or instruction beyond the brief; a fee will be discussed and agreed before they commence the design work for you.

Note from the Author

How much or how little you commission work to us, is up to you; thus from coming up with an initial design to seeing the project through to completion and handover and close out.

We will work with you throughout the design process!

If you wish to speak to a qualified Architect then look no further – Contact Benson at Themack Architects today! @ThemackArchitec

Disclaimer – This is a guest blog written by a third party. This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Right Surveyors Ltd or any of its affiliated companies.