What an architect can bring to your project
An RIBA Chartered Practice can help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – they can handle the paperwork, bring value for money, imagination and peace of mind to your project, whilst keeping it on track and on budget.
Value for money
Architects are professional problem-solvers. Their experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. They can suggest new ways of utilising space and light, enrich the palette of materials, finishes or fittings, find a builder at the right price, and propose deign solutions that will reduce your overall running costs whilst maximising the energy efficiency of your home. At a fraction of the cost of your project, an architect’s fees will prove a sound investment.
An architect can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. They are trained designers who will explore your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living environment.
Peace of mind
When you hire an architect, you have a professional on your side who knows the construction industry inside out. You are working with someone who has undertaken seven years of architectural training – no other building professional is trained in design and construction to such a high level of expertise.
The term “Architect” is a protected title and UK law requires those that use it to be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). *Only architects registered with the RIBA can be called “RIBA Chartered Members”.
Architectural practices which meet certain eligibility criteria, including requirements for the ratio of chartered architects employed in the practice, can register with the RIBA Chartered Practice scheme. “RIBA Chartered Practice” is a mark of excellence and an assurance of the practice’s quality, design excellence and service. There are more than 3000 RIBA Chartered Practices in the UK, from sole practitioners to large practices, working all over the world. By appointing an RIBA Chartered Practice you can be assured that they have been accredited in meeting key quality standards such as appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), an effective quality management system, a comprehensive health and safety policy and a sound environmental policy.