Architects are regularly instructed in commercial and residential property developments. Sometimes their failures can lead a property owner to suffer significant losses.
If an architect does not provide competent advice and you suffer a financial loss as a result, you may be able to bring a professional negligence claim against the architect in question.
It is common for individuals to hire architects as a way of relieving some of the responsibilities when they are designing or developing a commercial or residential property. In this instance, it is the duty of the architect to provide certain professional skills that meet a required level of competence. The architect will often plan the initial stages of the proposed building along with liaising with the construction team. Sometimes an architect will project manage a development.
The consequences of architect negligence can be extremely severe with potentially huge financial losses. There could be a situation where due to the architect’s negligence a property requires significant extra building work or even demolition.
Working closely with our commercial and property teams, we understand the issues that may be relevant when investigating a professional negligence claim against an architect.
When making a negligence claim it is important to define exactly what context the level of service has been delivered. If it is simply inadequate service then the potential of making a claim is minimal however if the architect is deemed negligent we will pursue the case for you. We will be able to identify sufficiently whether an architect has breached their professional duties.
Examples of architect negligence:
- Providing insufficient supervision during a project.
- Failing to manage a project effectively.
- Failing to advise properly in regards to any property plans or drawings.
- Failing to obtain sufficient planning permission.
- Failing to comply with necessary building regulations.
If an architect outsources specific tasks on a project to a third party and those tasks are not undertaken properly, it may be possible to hold the architect responsible for the mistakes of those third parties and claim compensation from the architect.