Good architects create value in property, by using their design and negotiation expertise to:
- Demonstrate how disused and low value sites can be brought back into use and made commercially viable.
- Contribute to a ‘good’ (cost effective) planning permission which can increase the value of a site many times.
- Reduce running (and life cycle) costs of a new or existing building.
- Specify good value efficient materials and construction processes.
- Help you decide on whether to expand in your existing premises or relocate your business to a new site.
There has been a campaign for many years to make architects fees reflect the added value they provide, but it has never taken off, so for the forseeable future, these things are ‘all part of the service’.
This is the first of a short series looking in to what good architects can do for you. If you’d like to suggest another topic in this series, please drop me a line.
I’m just talking about commercial value here, hard cash. There have been some attempts to articulate the broader value of design, if you’re into detail take a look at:
The RIBA’s Constructive Change report for a background look.
“In particular, the lack of research evidence as to the value created by design, lies at the heart of architects’ inability to articulate their
The Value of Good Design (CABE, 2002)
Richard Saxon Be Valuable. A Guide to Creating Value in the Built Environment. Constructing Excellence (2005). Martin Brown hosts a copy of Be Valuable on his wordpress site here.