The vast majority of our projects are brought to a successful conclusion and free from any form of dispute over building costs, fees, design or building construction issues. However, there may be the occasional situation where there has been a disagreement between builder and client or between client and architect over some aspect of the project in these circumstances, it is our policy to try hard to resolve the issues amicably thereby avoiding the escalation of any disagreement. Working in an industry that is prone to allowing disputes to occur and to escalate, we are proud of our reputation in minimizing the risks in this respect.
When it seems we may have reached a ‘stalemate situation’ and unable to resolve a disagreement, we are, as a practice, committed to resolve the situation by means of mediation / arbitration rather that resorting to Litigation. Experience has taught us this more productive route with a stronger chance of a satisfactory outcome.
Termination of the contract between client and architect
Our contractural relationships with our clients are largely very successful and of a positive nature. However, from time to time a client will decide that they want to terminate their relationship with us for their own reason. If and when such circumstances arises, we endeavor to effect the termination with efficiency and with good grace, We do not put obstacles in the way nor do we resort to legal processes. We like to make sure that before the relationship is formally severed, all outstanding and incurred fees are fully settled by the client.
The most import aspect of a termination of a contract process is that the client and the architect can continue to communicate and to affect an amicable parting of the ways.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Crawford Architects carry fully professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the Architects Registration Board’s code of practice,
We have had continued and unbroken insurance cover since the original formation of the practice. Our policy is reviewed and renewed annually.
Copyright and copyright related issues
The work we produce on our building projects, namely the drawings, diagrams, specifications and schedule are referred to as our ‘materials’. These materials are produced for the sole purpose of facilitating the building project, the construction work and the fitting-out of the building for our clients.
Our materials are our copyright and remain so during the building project and beyond. When clients pay our fees for producing the design / drawings / specifications etc, they do not acquire the copyright nor do they have the automatic right to use the drawings without further involvement in the project.