The Architects Act 1997 - protecting consumers

Under Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997, the title ‘architect’ is protected. It can only be used in business or practice by someone who has had the education, training and experience needed to qualify as an architect, and who is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The Act also protects the public from dishonest individuals who deliberately mislead people by calling themselves something they’re not.

Every new commission is unique and as such it is impossible to provide a price without first visiting the site and meeting with the client to discuss their needs. Initial visits are normally conducted without charge depending on the distance travelled.


For the early stages of a project, when the design is still uncertain, fees are often based on an hourly rate. With the project clearly defined, fees can be more certain and often quoted as a lump sum or percentage of the construction cost.  


Being a small practice with low overheads Pentargon Architecture is able to offer very competitive rates which do not attract VAT, particularly important for the homeowner on a tight budget.