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Fees: how to best calculate, negotiate and monitor
Talks and lectures

Fees: how to best calculate, negotiate and monitor

​Good design is the goal of most architects, but delivering projects on programme and to budget requires time and effort. An understanding of the different appointment scenarios is essential for providing a viable and competitive fee. This seminar will explain how to provide a professional service without losing money in the complex world of building procurement.

This seminar will explain how to put a fee proposal together, the basic principles of fee management, as well as providing guidance on how to monitor resources within the practice. The seminar will also elaborate on context of the RIBA appointment documents, and the importance of regular invoicing.

This comprehensive session will cover:

  • Different procurement routes and clients including traditional, D&B and Term commissions
  • Fee calculation; how to put an effective proposal together, and what to include
  • Negotiation; the different fee tendering scenarios and how to qualify the bid
  • Appointment; the context of the RIBA suite of appointment documents and how to deal with clients own bespoke documents
  • Resourcing and time management; how to monitor resources simply but effectively, and the use of digital and other resources
  • How to work out a charge out rate, calculation of overheads, including staff/fixed costs
  • Monitoring and managing the project fee, invoice points, using the RIBA plan of Work 2013

Using case studies and worked examples the speaker will explain how these techniques can be applied. There will be interactive sessions and opportunities for you to ask questions and share experiences.

Speaker: Peter Farrall, University of Liverpool
Peter is an architect with 25 years’ experience as a partner at a multidisciplinary firm of architects and quantity surveyors, Design Group Chester. In 2015 he became a full time member of the academic staff at Liverpool University, School of Architecture, where he is responsible for running the fourth year of the MArch programme. Peter has worked for Costain Construction as a Site Engineer, as well as practicing as an architect at KKA and Austin Smith Lord. He is closely involved with the RIBA, President Emeritus of the Liverpool Architectural Society, and has served on National Council.

Core Curriculum topics:
1. External management
2. Internal management

Non-member - £106.80 (£89 + VAT)
Student member - £18 (£15 + VAT)
Member - £74.40 (£62 + VAT)

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