Architect reprimanded over terms-of-engagement failings

The Architects Registration Board

Regulator says client was also given wrong advice on planning consent and asbestos

An architect has been reprimanded by the professional regulator for failing to enter into a proper written agreement with his client in relation to a project to refurbish a Victorian flat in a conservation area.

The Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee this month heard three allegations against Peter Bell, of London practice Peter Bell & Partners, whose previous projects have included bespoke luxury homes and work on Capital Radio’s Shaftesbury Avenue headquarters.

Bell was alleged to have given inadequate advice about the need for planning permission for work on a building in a conservation area and on the removal of asbestos at his client’s flat. He was also alleged to have failed to properly set out his terms of engagement in a way that satisfied the requirements of the Architects Code.

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