I am currently looking for an architect for our renovation project in Guildford. So far, the quotes seem to be around £6-£8k just to get planning drawings and now the architects seem to want an additional £3k for a measured survey. The costs seem astronical; how many hours work does it take to produce planning drawings? Is it really worth it? Or do they all just just a fixed percentage because RIBA says that it’s ok?
Many friends seem to have got drawings for around £2k - does this mean that they used a less qualified architect or more basic service?
It’s just that we have a limited budget, so wonder if this is really worth it, or will the architect have lots of bespoke suggestions so that the whole project becomes more expensive overall?
Many thanks in advance,