A chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. We represent some 200 chartered Architects within the City of Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
The A.S.A’s main aim is to promote the interests of Architects and Architecture within this area.
The current council consists of 12 local Architects. We encourage local Architects with an interest in the chapter to get in touch.
...and the benefits of using an Architect.
A Chartered Architect must be a member of a professional body such as the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) or Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). As a member, he or she will uphold their ethics and standards of conduct and will have trained for a minimum of seven years. Only a qualified person who has undertaken approved courses and has passed the necessary examinations may call him or herself an Architect. The title ARCHITECT is protected in law.
It is unlikely that an unqualified person will hold insurances which cover their services, should the unthinkable happen and a problem occur with the project. A Chartered Architect must hold Professional Indemnity Insurance to cover such eventualities, and many may never have claimed on their policies after years of practice. Furthermore, the booklet ‘Architect’s Appointment’ provides the safeguard of ultimate reference to these professional bodies for help and advice.
Architect’s Fees and Services
The first or preliminary consultation with an Architect may be more cost effective than you first thought. Architect’s Services provide fair competition from tenderers allowing for good value for money. If the project is inspected on site by your Architect problems which could occur on site can be sorted out and not concealed. In some instances your Architect may even save you money by understanding how an unwary client can easily be caught out by an unscrupulous contractor. Architect’s charges are explained in the booklet ‘The Architect’s Appointment’, which a Chartered Architect will usually discuss with each client at the outset of a project. The Appointment lists the services of an Architect and provides the conditions under which he/she is engaged. Fees are usually charged as a percentage of the project’s final cost, and can also be a lump sum agreed at the outset of the project. Fees are usually payable in stages or instalments as design work progresses.
Town Planning and Consents
The approved preliminary design is developed for final approval by the client and subsequent submission for planning approval. After receipt of planning consent, the Architect undertakes working drawings and specifications for the construction. The Architect will prepare all the relevant material necessary for Building Regulation and other complex statutory requirements.
Tenders and Contract
The working drawings and Bills of Quantity comprise the contract documents on which tenders will be invited, normally from a limited number of contractors. This procedure will ensure that there is fair competition based upon common documentation which eliminates any ambiguities which may otherwise arise. The Architect will also advise on the form of contract most suitable for your own project.
Health & Safety
For the last few years and for the foreseeable future Health & Safety issues have and will be of prime importance on any building site in order to reduce the accident rate in the building industry. An Architect will be able to advise on this onerous legislation and advise on how to proceed.
How the contract works
The contract will specify the tendered building cost and the duration of the works. The client will sign the contract directly with the successful tenderer. During the course of the works, the Architect will visit the site at an agreed frequency. He will issue certificates authorising payments to the contractor. When the building has been completed, ready for occupation, the Architect issues a Certificate of Practical Completion; a period called Defects Liability then follows, during which all outstanding or defective work must be made good. The contract is concluded by the issue of a Certificate of Final Completion, and a small percentage of the contract sum, called retention, is usually held by the clients until Final Completion.
There will be a council meeting for members on 8th of September at the offices of Mackie Ramsay Taylor.
Past events can be found in the event archive.
57º10 (pronounced fifty seven ten) is the name of the lecture series at The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and The Built Environment in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a non-profit organisation run by students, which invites guest speakers to lecture in the School. Speakers are usually practicing architects of interest to students and to the school, and the society aims to create a link between architectural education and architectural practice. However, lecturers are also invited from related disciplines such as art, architectural photography and interior design.
57º10 Lectures take place at 17:00 on Thursday evenings, after which students are given an opportunity to pose questions to the visiting speaker; either at the end of the lecture or afterwards in the Basement, where members are invited for refreshments and a social gathering. It is now the largest society at the university, with over 200 members! Often, visiting lecturers are also invited to take part in School activities during their stay, promoting a natural and healthy interaction between practice and education.
More information can be found on their website
This week the ASA accessed Broadford Works, a vast industrial site that has been left abandoned from several years, to gauge its potential as a Urban Village.
Since 2009 we have been working alongside other stakeholders to secure a sustainable future for this vast industrial site in Aberdeen. It is the largest collection of Category A listed buildings at risk in Scotland. The earliest building (1808) is the oldest iron-framed mill in Scotland and the fourth oldest in the world. The buildings are in extremely poor condition and have suffered a great deal from vandalism. They sit as a blight on the Aberdeen skyline, symbolising a wider industrial and economic decline in the area.
The site’s owner and Historic Scotland invited us to establish a steering group and devise a deliverable regeneration strategy which could achieve listed building consent.
Through the steering group we delivered a strategy report for the site in 2011, based on the division of the site into defined package areas. Each area will include at least one “very important building” which must be repaired and which will be cross-subsidised by funding from a new build development within its package area.
A planning application for the regeneration of the site was made in November 2011 and permission granted on appeal in July 2012. The proposed plan will restore the site into a mixed-use vibrant accessible space at the heart of Aberdeen. The steering group continues to work with a number of potential developers to progress proposals for the package areas.