TIP #2 - The Role of the Architect

Tips for dealing with the pitfalls of a large Project
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Snaith-Paul
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TIP #2 - The Role of the Architect

Post by Snaith-Paul » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:45 am

You will probably have found out that work is required at your church from a Quinquennial Report by a Diocesan-recommended architect. The first thing to remember is that the architect who prepared the report has been paid for completing that work. If it progresses into a real project, you have no obligation whatsoever to employ the same architect for the works - in fact, depending on the projected cost, you will more than likely be required to tender for the professional services.

We will come back to that in a later post but, for the purposes of this tip, let us assume that you have appointed an architect to do the Development work and subsequent implementation of your project. Okay, here is the tip:
  • The architect works for YOU
That's it, really. You have been awarded a grant, not the architect, and it is you who will be paying his wages (more on that in another post!). Yes, of course you need the expertise of the architect and you couldn't do it without him, but that is what you are paying him for!

In short, your architect will try to run the project. Don't let him. By all means, take his advice and be guided, but don't let him bully you. All contact with the organisation who provided your funding should be via you. It is likely that your architect will have a back-door to Heritage England due to years of working together. Plug the gap, stop it happening. The correct chain of command with regards the architect is as follows:

architect ---> YOU ---> HLF ---> Heritage England <--- HLF --- <--- YOU <--- architect

In short, the architect should not be permitted to talk to either HLF (or other), or Heritage England.

It may seem draconian, and you will have to make sure that your programme can handle the additional communication but, trust me, it is worth it.

Your architect won't like it but, remember one thing: he works for you, and you are paying his wages.

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