• International Workplace
  • 4 April 2017

Architect Negligence and How to Avoid it

Many towns and cities are seeing the development of commercial areas as a vital strategy to encourage growth. This strategy is often encouraged by the local industries and businesses within the areas. They see it as an important factor for attracting the best employees and talent to the area.

Examples of this include the growth of the tech industry in Croydon, as well as Manchester's growing digital presence. The targeted growth of these areas has helped attract the best talent from across the country to the a specific area, consequently creating hubs of innovation and enterprise.

As a result, we are seeing a huge growth in commercial property development in these specific areas, in order to meet the demands of growth. Unfortunately, however, it isn’t uncommon to see architect negligence occurring in the development of these properties. The costs when dealing with architect negligence can be huge and troublesome, which can create apprehension in the property development industry.

Legal property experts, Abacus Law are here to tell us about architect negligence and how it can affect you as a business owner.

What should your architect be doing for you?    

The correct skillset

The most important question you should ask your architect is, do they have the skillset and experience to carry out the job at hand? You can check this by taking a look at past experiences and their portfolio. A good architect should be able to draw from past experiences and show how this can be applied to the job you have put forward.

Once hired, the architect will owe a duty of care to the project - failure to produce what is expected could be seen as negligible if it causes you losses and could consequently result in damages. This can be avoided by employing an architect with a proven track record.     

The correct preparation

An architect's main responsibilities are to ensure that all the parts of the build come together at the right times. This can be achieved with proper planning and preparation which includes securing the right planning permission for the project.

Any delays in planning permission will cause financial losses and again can be seen as negligible. Ensure your architect has a proven track record of planning in order to avoid this issue.

The correct certification

Typically, an architect's role is also to supervise and manage the progress of the construction. This also includes ensuring that the correct materials and tools are used for the job and that the work being performed is up to standard.

Their certification of the work in progress set in the original proposal will help you to track each stage, should anything go wrong. This will, in turn, help you to be compensated if they are found to be negligent. A failure to adhere to the certification process could land the architect in trouble.

If you have any concerns with your architect then it's worthwhile to speak to a legal professional, who will be able to talk you through the steps and advise you on how to proceed.