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What does a commercial architect do?

Commercial architects work on building projects like offices, factories, retail outlets and hotels. They don’t work on single-occupancy homes – you’d need a residential architect for that.

Commercial architects can design a commercial property to ensure that it meets your needs. They will discuss things like how traffic will move through the space and whether you’ll need facilities like cafeterias, toilets and parking. If you’re renovating a commercial building, they will be able to redesign a space to ensure it 100% matches your needs and each room flows well with each other.

Why should you get a commercial architect?

Commercial architects can often see how things fit together in a space much better than general builders or other tradespeople. Engaging an architect can help you build or renovate a truly luxurious commercial space that staff and clients will love spending time in.

Commercial architects can also work as project managers which is ideal if you’re busy and don’t have time to spend managing various tradespeople as they complete your project. After they have provided you with the designs and drawings, an architect can stay on to see the project through to the end and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Should you use a commercial architect or architectural designer?

To call themselves an architect, architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). If they want to join the ARB, architects need to have all the relevant qualifications and insurance. If someone calls themselves a commercial architect, you should check that they are registered with the ARB.

You might come across companies that call themselves architectural designers or technicians. These professionals are still highly skilled and have lots of qualifications, but they haven’t done the full training to be an architect. They don’t need to be registered with the ARB, and because of this their fees are often much lower than those of a fully-qualified architect.

Whether you choose a commercial architect or a designer depends on the service you’re looking for. If you’re looking for detailed drawings and designs and for someone to take on the role of project manager, you should look for a commercial architect. If you’re looking for simple drawings, a commercial architectural designer or technician may be right for you.

Can hiring a commercial architect save you money?

While engaging a commercial architect isn’t moneysaving in itself, in the long term it could be. Architects will see a space in its entirety and be able to see whether there will be any potential issues such as foot traffic bottlenecks or problems with plumbing or other facilities. If you build your commercial property and then notice these issues, it could cost thousands of pounds to rectify. Preventing any problems that could occur later down the line will always save you money in the long run.

Average Commercial architectural services cost

Commercial architect costs can vary a lot. How much you might end up paying depends on the scale of your building project, the services your architect provides you with, and your location. However, the regular cost for commercial architecture services is usually about £4,000. Architects often charge a percentage of the build cost, although you may pay for their time or just a set fee instead.

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Material cost £1,000
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How to reduce architect fees?

If you’d like to hire a commercial architect, but have a limited budget, there are a few options you could try.

Firstly, if you’re happy to manage the project yourself, you could just engage your architect to create the designs and technical plans. It will then be up to your builder and any other contractors to follow them. You’ll need to put some serious time and effort in to make sure that this goes smoothly, but it will reduce how much you’ll need to pay your architect.

You could also consider reducing the scope of your project. Many architects charge a percentage of your project’s total construction cost, so if you scale down the work then their fees will be lower. Alternatively, you may be able to negotiate a set fee if you want to guarantee that you won’t pay more than a certain amount.

What do commercial architects do?

Commercial architects specialise in designing buildings for business or public use, rather than residential, like offices, shops and schools.

Commercial architects will typically have expert knowledge of the unique needs that different types of commercial building have. This includes safety and design requirements for bigger buildings that typically contain high numbers of people.

What does an business architect do?

Architects design new buildings, and alterations and extensions to existing buildings. They work with their clients to create plans for structures that meet their practical, structural, aesthetic and financial needs.

In some cases, an architect may only create the design and plans for a project. However, they’ll often stay involved in a project after this has been done to ensure its successful completion, providing project management too.

Do I need an architect?

You don’t legally have to hire an architect for your commercial building project. In many cases, property owners liaise directly with a builder to create their extension or new building. This can help to reduce your project cost if you have a limited budget.

However, there are several benefits to hiring an architect that might mean it’s the best option for you.

Firstly, the architect you hire should have up to date knowledge of all the legislation and best practices that your commercial building should comply with, and will have professional indemnity insurance to cover you if they get anything wrong. This will help you make sure that your building is legal and safe, and avoid any expensive rectifying work.

An architect can also help you get the most out of your space. Their specialised experience means they may come up with layouts or solutions that you might not have thought of. If this helps you create a more successful commercial space, you might end up saving or earning more money.

Commercial architects can also take care of your project management. If you have limited time or experience to devote to your building project, an architect can manage it for you. This could be a great way to streamline your project and make sure it’s completed on time.

How do I choose an architect?

It’s important to take plenty of time choosing your architect. They can have a significant effect on how successful your project is, so you’ll find it’s worth it in the long run.

Ideally, you’ll want the architect you choose to have plenty of experience in commercial property design and project management. If the building you’re creating or extending is for a particularly unique purpose, you may want to try to find a professional who has worked on a similar property before.

It’s also a good idea to use customer reviews to help you choose a commercial architect. If a company you’re considering doesn’t have any online reviews, ask them to supply you with testimonials or show you examples of their work.

Don’t forget that it’s vital to get on with your architect. You’ll need to communicate effectively to make sure that your project turns out the way you want it to, and you may be working together for a while. So, it’s a good idea to meet and speak with any commercial architects you’re considering before you go ahead and hire one.

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