The history and scope of the practice foundation:
practice of Kavan Davies Architecture was formed in 1984 after Bryan Davies had served with other public and private firms
from 1975. He was born on 6th January 1948 - Kings’ Day.
trained as an architect at The Architectural Association in Bedford Square, London, and joined the Royal Institute of British Architects as an Associate Member
in 1973. He joined the District Architects Department at Aylesbury Vale District Council in 1975 and was part of the lead
team designing industrial and housing schemes for the Local Authority. He left to form a private partnership in 1981 and then
formed his own private practice with Ash Kavan in 1984. Mr. Kavan has now retired from the practice. Bryan Davies bought
the practice in April 1995 and has run it as the sole director since then.
Client list and Awards:
have acted for public authorities including Aylesbury Vale District Council for housing refurbishments, for Bucks County Council
in school adaptations, and for a host of private clients and firms in their search for practical design solutions for offices,
factories, houses, housing estates, conversions, alterations and extensions. We are proud of the diversity and range of our
portfolio and can put potential clients in touch with any and all of the client list for the purposes of obtaining references
for our performance and aptitude to our profession.
awards have been received for excellence in design, the most recent in January 1999.
How is a building budgeted for and commissioned ? :
project can be started through an enquiry with a builder who will then employ an architect to design the building, and obtain
the necessary permissions for planning and building regulations, and the like, depending on the complexity of the project.
By this method of procurement the client lacks the competitive approach in the building price, and he may not like the designs
of the builder’s chosen designer. Problems arise from there.
will show you our work before you choose us, and we always tender our project to four or five tested,
well known competing builders or contractors. Primarily a contractor works on larger projects, a builder on more minor works
- and it is not always the cheapest that gets the work. It is solely the client’s choice with advice from ourselves and from
visiting the contractor’s previous work to see the standard of work and finishes being offered.
are organised early once feasibilities and project plans are agreed. The major issues of the whole scheme are discussed before
submissions are made for planning permission since we want what is permitted to be built as drawn. The details of the scheme
are progressed at the same stage once planning is submitted. Budgets are then tested before tenders are sent out, and then
again at tender. Cost control is favoured throughout the construction phase of the project.
Professionalism, accountability and complaints:
practice is registered with the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK). It is also bound by the code
of conduct and duties of the Royal Institute of British Architects. We encourage clients to expect a first class service:
if they do not get it we also expect that they should say so to us directly and forthwith so that we can tackle the problem,
find the cause, adjust and give a better performance should this arise.
practice carries £0.5m professional indemnity for those times when major mistakes are made; none have occurred thus far. Better safe than sorry.
Liaisons with engineers and other consultants etc:
practice is not indemnified for specific structural and cost control advice; we expect the client to appoint, with or without
our advice, the employment of structural engineers, cost control surveyors, quantity surveyors and other consultants should
the need arise for their services, and the fees shown opposite do not include the costs involved in their work. We can usually
get specific sanction from our insurers to form a package of consultants for a project should this be required from the outset,
with fees agreed as lump sums or on a percentage all-up basis.
practice has always specialised in the provision of full project management skills from the inception of a project, however
large or small, to the removal of the last spot of paint on completion of the work. Our work includes applying for all statutory
consents from planning through to fire certificates, if necessary, and all projects generally include builder tendering, financial
and warranty certificates and contract administration.
may pick and choose the service they require at greater or less cost to suit their own needs. Our service allows the in-house
planning and completion of projects to leave clients the opportunity of concentrating on their own businesses whilst we manage
their design and building expansion with all the exacting tasks that entails.
can be as small as a single front door design installation for a few hundred pounds to the adaptation of nursing home accommodation
for the elderly at £750,000.
service is at a very personable level. The practice is particularly geared to smaller works, generally at around £50,000 -
£500,000 excluding VAT.
work done is normally in the areas of problem design solutions at an intimate scale with the client directly involved. The
majority of our work has been to listed properties, house alterations and conversions, new extensions to all types of buildings
and we act for the Oxford Diocesan Board for church Quinquennial surveys in the district.
Practice fees, expenses and work stage payments:
charges made for the work we do varies enormously. We are sometimes engaged at hourly rates depending on the work we are asked
to do. The rates at present, excluding VAT, are:
and drafting or copying:
£85 per hour
and feasibility work:
£100 per hour
for historic work:
£100 per hour
and appeal witness:
£120 per hour
quote, when given the full scope of the works envisaged and the service required, a flat fee for any whole project, or partial
service, but this is necessarily the subject of detailed discussions between all parties concerned at the outset.
normal service, the project management or turn-key service, is always provided by the charge of a percentage fee linked to
the accepted builders price commissioned by contract. It is much like the percentage that a builder may charge over and above
the purchase price of their materials and labour for the work envisaged for the service and overheads for which they need
to provide. Fees are generally paid in four instalments through a project; the first at planning, the second at regulations
stage, the third at tender and the last on completion of the building work. Each project can be especially geared to cash
flow cycles or to specific client requirements.
are generally in line with the lowest sections of the Architects Institutes Indicative fee scales which is a published document.
Copies are available for scrutiny. This publication covers work from £20,000 up to £5 million.
your own awareness the following is a list of current approximate percentage fees for specific projects for specific clients,
and these may vary from time to time, by agreement and discussion:
commissioned domestic work to existing buildings:
commissioned domestic new buildings work:
proposals for alteration work to buildings:
proposals for new buildings work:
green field sites for industrial storage buildings:
principle the greater and simpler the building contract the lower the percentage fee.
generally make a charge for printing, mileage travelled, postage, contract documentation etc, and for any photographic work
charge levels are agreed before the project is commenced, but revisions and alterations in the scope of the works may vary