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RIBA Work stage completion

Client: Insurers for international award winning architects
Probyn Miers has worked with major national and international contractors in achieving practical completion on commercial projects. In this case a 120,000 square foot new build office project in the UK was in protracted delay, and the contractor anticipated various difficulties in achieving handover.
Action: Probyn Miers assisted by reviewing all principal areas of the works in the same manner as would an Employers Agent and advising the contractor on key areas for attention in order to achieve Practical Completion. Furthermore, we undertook detailed surveys of the condition of the new external cladding for the purpose of scheduling out the necessary repairs before completion.  We also reviewed all internal areas in order to advise on what work might reasonably be required for Practical Completion to be granted.
Result: The building was ultimately handed over successfully after remedial works were put in hand externally and internally.


Client: Solicitor for house owner
Situation: The owner of a historic house retained an architect to produce sets of drawings for planning and listed building applications to renovate the house and its associated outbuildings.  The owner considered that the fees subsequently invoiced by the architect were excessive in relation to the work performed and the advancement achieved through the RIBA work stages.
Action: Probyn Miers examined the architect’s drawings, invoices and related material with a view to assessing the quality and advancement of the work, and its status in relation to the fees charged.  Probyn Miers found that whilst the work had largely advanced to the stage claimed by the architect, there were significant anomalies concerning work which the architect retrospectively claimed to be additional to the fee agreement.  There was also a lack of sufficient or timely clarity concerning the provisional valuation of building work upon which the architect had based its fee percentage.
Result: The house owner was thereby provided with information useful for reaching a fair settlement with the architect.

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