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end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below.
We are reordering part of the
church. Our architect's fee is based on a percentage of the cost of
the project; the three tenders we have received are from companies
chosen by the architect. Surely this can lead to a conflict of
interest: the architect could ask for tenders from companies known
to be expensive, to boost the fee. Is there a process that can be
followed to avoid this potential conflict? [Answers, 20
Further to your question and answer
about architects' fees, I would also recommend checking the tender
schedule thoroughly before this is sent to contractors. If the
architect's fee is based on a percentage of the quote accepted,
unnecessary items on the tender schedule will count against
(The Revd) Kenneth Padley
The advice that I was given by a
quantity surveyor whom I trusted was: "Don't take the higest - it
is an indication that they don't want the job; don't take the
lowest - they will cut corners; take the one in the middle." (Often
contractors know what others have tendered.)
Jean Hunt, RIBA (Retd.), Dip. Arch. (Wales)
I am 91. I am trying to find a
recording of a beautiful anthem that I had to sing (the solo) for
our headmistress's funeral service in, I think, 1934, chosen by our
school singing master, Sir Ivor Atkins, organist and choirmaster at
Worcester Cathedral. "The souls of the righteous are in the hand of
God. . ." [Answers, 6
I would like to offer this suggestion:
Naxos Records: Vaughan Williams, R: Sacred Choral Music
(Clare College Choir, Cambridge, T. Brown), Track  "The souls
of the righteous". The words are the Wisdom of Solomon 3.1-5. I
hope this is of help.
I. A. Montgomery Campbell
Martin Shaw Trust
Why are some cathedrals (and
other churches) called minsters? A. M.
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