The standard full architectural service or partial architectural service is calculated as a percentage of the final or estimated building cost. The recommended fee scale, published in terms of the regularly updated Government Gazette, can be downloaded from the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) website, at www.sacapsa.com Although there is a recommended architectural fee structure, the fees are always open for negotiation.
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FEES ARE LIKELY TO BE INFLUENCED BY:
The extent of the architectural professional services and the type of procurement
The size and complexity of the project and any specific requirements
Works to existing buildings (refurbishment and extensions), which are likely to be significantly more resource intensive
The repair and conservation of historic buildings
We provide a free quotation. This consultation is not to provide design solutions, but to confirm the client brief and the type of architectural service that is required. After the consultation we will provide a complete fee letter outlining the scope of work and fee structure for approval. Work will only commence after written acceptance has been received from the client.
ALTERNATIVE FEE OPTIONS
Our fee for architectural services is expressed as a percentage of the final or estimated construction cost and is best used for clearly defined building projects
Lump sums or fixed cost
A fixed lump sum may be suitable where requirements are clearly defined from the outset. A variable lump sum may be calculated from an agreed percentage at the beginning of each stage, based on the latest approved cost. This is beneficial where requirements cannot be predetermined.
This option will be appropriate where the scope of services cannot be foreseen or does not relate to construction work. This includes providing partial services or additional services such as feasibility studies or protracted negotiations.
The fee can be structured to take into account the value added by your architect’s services (for example, the increased value of a site or building less development costs). In addition to the fee, expenses may also be chargeable for the cost of drawing copies and other documents, travel, accommodation, etc. Disbursements, such as the fees that must accompany applications for building regulations or planning approval, will also be chargeable.