Structural Engineer Costs
Structural Engineer Costs
The term ‘structural engineer costs’ generally refers to payments made by the client to consultants for services under the terms of an agreement. They are generally paid in instalments based on regular dates or at pre-defined stages of completed work.
The core consultant team for most building projects will include:
– Structural engineer
– Services engineer
Larger projects may need additional consultants for management and cost control:
– Project manager.
– Cost consultant (often a quantity surveyor).
– A contractor on management fee contracts.
In addition, specialists may be required depending on the nature of the project, such as; legal adviser, landscape designer, interior designer, environmental consultant, access consultant, planning consultant, fire engineer, and so on. Other fees will also be payable on most projects, such as planning fees, building regulations fees, and so on.
Variability of structural engineer costs
Fees are entirely dependent on the nature of the project and the circumstances of the appointment. Large new build projects may attract lower percentage fees than small works to existing buildings, commercial work may attract lower fees than private residential work, works to historic or listed buildings may attract higher fees, and so on.
Fees charged by consultants vary according to:
– Size of project
– Type and complexity of the project
– The scope of services. For example, full design and site inspection will attract a higher fee than concept design that is then developed by the contractor.
– Anticipated repeat and/or bespoke elements of the design.
– Location of the site and other consultant practices.
– The r
– Client organisation and track record. This will affect how much support is required and the risk perceived by consultants.
– Conditions of engagement. For example, the requirement for collateral warranties, partnering arrangements, and so on.
– Anticipated programme and resources. The outputs in a short or long programme are the same, However, a longer programme prolongs the administrative resources required such as attending meetings and responding to requests for information. Thus percentage fees for a longer period will tend to be higher.
– The economic climate of supply and demand. Fees may be lower during recessions and higher during booms.
– Consultant workload.
– Assessment of the competencies of other consultants.
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