Making an Architect Negligence Claim

An inadequate, inaccurate or defective plan can lead to additional building costs, expensive rectification works or a diminution in the value of the property. Where these losses arise, an architects compensation claim can be made.

Not all architects are the same. Many people instruct a professional to prepare plans and drawings believing them to be qualified architects, only to find out at a later date that they are not. It is therefore vitally important to establish the credentials of the professional you have been dealing with and, above all, obtain confirmation that they have professional indemnity insurance that will cover them for an architects negligence claim.

Helpline for architect negligence claims

If you feel that you have been a victim of architect negligence call professional negligence solicitors on 0808 139 1595 or email us at info@proneg.co.uk for a free initial assessment of your case and details of No Win, No Fee funding.

Case Study: Is an architect negligent if they don't design to a budget?

Architect Negligence

A case has recently been decided in the Technology & Construction Court of the Bristol District Registry on whether an architect can be negligent for designing a property that could not possibly have been built within the client’s expressed budget.

In the case of Riva Properties Ltd & Others –v- Foster & Partners Ltd [2017] EWHC 2574 (TCC), there was very little that the parties could really agree upon other than the fact that the Defendants were well renowned international architects with a string of awards to its name as well as being the designers of some pretty prestigious buildings and structures including, for example, the Millenium Bridge in London. It was because of this renown, that the claimant wanted Fosters to design an “iconic” hotel.

Mr Dhanoa, who owned the various claimant companies, had been responsible for a number of larger builds although – as HHJ Fraser pointed out – nothing really on the large scale that Fosters were used to. Unfortunately, this resulted in a “high-handed attitude” by the Defendant who “seemed to see Mr Dhanoa as somewhat beneath them as a client” , with the judge describing at one point, their behaviour as being “grubby” .