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Architects’ fees

03 August 2012


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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 July]

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 you.
(The Revd) Kenneth Padley
St Albans

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 July]

I would like to offer this suggestion: Naxos Records: Vaughan Williams, R: Sacred Choral Music (Clare College Choir, Cambridge, T. Brown), Track [13] "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
London W13

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