If you’ve had your property dreams dashed by an architect’s negligence, you could make a professional negligence claim to recover the cost of rectifying their mistakes, any consequential losses or expenses on your part, and compensation for your trouble.
Architects are commissioned to provide a variety of services, from designing new builds or renovations to overseeing and supervising their construction. But in the world of property design or construction, negligence on the part of an architect can be very costly, and even dangerous. Mistakes in this field are often incredibly expensive and time-consuming to rectify and can leave clients out of pocket.
When you’re involved in some kind of construction project, you expect is to be able to put your faith in your architect. These professionals have trained for many years to ensure they deliver client’s projects successfully – and the vast majority of them perform their duties to a high standard.
Unfortunately, there are occasions where architects make mistakes as a result of negligence. Poor designs, failure to manage the project appropriately, health and safety breaches and mismanagement of project costs can all lead to catastrophic consequences for the client, who could be left out of pocket, or even without a home.
In these instances, there could be grounds for the client to sue their architect for professional negligence.
The role of an architect
Architects are heavily involved with most building projects, collaborating with the client in the early design stages and seeing the project through to its completion. The early stages of an architect’s work include developing a design with the client’s input, establishing a budget for the job and assessing the requirements of the proposed building.
Architects also work closely with engineers and contractors throughout the build, adhering to health and safety standards and helping to ensure that the project is delivered on time and on budget.
Naturally, there is a lot of pressure on architects to succeed in their role – entire building projects are at stake and the consequences for clients can be enormous if the architect gets it wrong.