While there is no standard basis for the calculation of fees and the price is generally a matter for negotiation, in the case of architects the professional charge for designing and supervising the construction of buildings is often based on a percentage of the total cost of the works. Professional institutes used to publish recommended fee scales expressed as a percentage of construction costs for a range of different building types1. However, legislation aimed at preventing anti-competitive behaviour2 forced the institutes to abolish these fee scales, leaving fee negotiation to market forces. Rates are not incorporated into the standard
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