For those that are able to log in, I need some advice regarding a dispute.
Be prepared for a long read…:
I needed an architect to draw building reg plans for a rear extension, as we have successfully received approval from council.
We got in touch with an architect that said he will be able to do the building reg drawings for £400, but it's dependant on the reliability of the drawings we submitted to our council for approval. Sent those to him, and he came back with the accuracy seems 'poor', his basis of that was due to the elevation drawings, which in all honesty isn't bad - and again has been used in previous council planning approvals (see image he provided as a basis to confirm as 'poor')
As a result, he said he can still do the building reg drawings for £400 based on the plans that we already have, but he would prefer and advise for him to do his own measured survey to redraw the existing plans and elevations accurately. However this would be a further £200.
The main reason that he proposed the redrawing is that because the approved extension is over 3m, he believes there could be issues, so he proposed a different style of roof, and due to the clearly inaccurate drawings he cannot accurately calculate whether the roof will work. We confirmed that a neighbour has the same roof that we submitted for approval, but happy to discuss his proposal further.
I responded with a negotiation of the price, and requested a date to survey the property. I received no response to my email. I sent a text message confirming I have responded to his email, and is xyz date okay. We confirmed a date via text, but did not confirm the price.
So he arrived, and we discussed the issues he raised re: original drawings and roof proposal. We essentially rejected the roof design proposed, and stated as a result we will be sticking with the originally approved plans, and confirmed we will only require the building reg drawings as a result.
He proceeds to do some measurements of the ground floor only, and said he will have things sorted in a couple of weeks time. That he would require 25% before he can begin any work on the drawings.
My mistake here is that I forgot to re-confirm the cost in person during the meeting given that we were no longer redrawing the plans, i.e. the additional £200. Unfortunately, he had just left before I realised. So I sent a text message immediately stating:
"As discussed, we will just go with the building regulation drawings - could you confirm the cost for this?"
He responded with:
"Building regulation drawings and specification document will be £600.
As discussed if you could arrange 25% payment to begin drawing work please."
I re-confirmed that we discussed we no longer need to re-draw the plans.
There's been alot of back and forth since, recent message from him stated:
"I have already spent time and money on conducting and drawing the survey so it would be in both our interests for me to complete the job."
Which I don't understand, as there was a stipulation that works won't begin until a deposit was made.
The guy seems unreasonable, had he stated, there seems to have been a misunderstanding, that's fine, please just pay 25% to cover travel expenses for example, I'd have been inclined to.
The £200 according to him was to:
- measure property
- Redraw the plans
- Redraw the elevations
He didn't measure the entire property, so how would he redraw the elevations?!