The structure of our fee proposal is based on the RIAS SCA 2000, Scottish Conditions of Appointment and the RIBA Schedule of Design Services and a preliminary construction budget. 

Inkdesign aims to offer our clients a variable fixed fee which is based on – the complexity of each individual project, the time involved and a percentage of the approximate construction cost. On request, a percentage fee or an hourly rate can also be provided, if required.

We would aim to establish a realistic budget cost for the construction of the build at the start of the process so as to help calculate this fee.

Our fees do not include for other consultants that may be appointed as part of the design team. This could include a topographical surveyor and possibly a drainage specialist. We would certainly be required to appoint a structural engineer and it may become apparent that the appointment of a mechanical and services engineer, a quantity surveyor and a CDM coordinator may also be necessary.

At the start of the project, we will let you know which of the consultants would be required, and what the approximate costs would be. These consultants would be independent of inkdesign and, as such, would be invoiced independently.

Please note that all professional fees quoted are exclusive of VAT unless otherwise specified.

Payment terms are 14 days from the invoice date.

Provision of Service Regulation 2009

We comply with the above regulation by displaying the required details of our Professional Indemnity Insurance in our office.

An example of our standard fee proposal outlining all the services inkdesign can provide can be viewed under ‘services’.

Each of the stages from conception to completion is noted in brief below.

  • Preparation              Stages A-B: Appraisal & Design Brief
  • Design                     Stages C-D: Outline & Detailed proposals (Planning Submission)
  • Pre-Construction     Stages E-H: Technical design (Building Warrant Submission) to Tender
  • Construction            Stages J-L:   Mobilisation to Post Practical Completion (Building Contract)


  • Printing costs:
  • A1 print: £2.05 + VAT
  • A2 print: £1.50 + VAT
  • A3 print: £1.00 + VAT
  • A4 print: £0.50 + VAT
  • Postage: Royal Mail standard pricing
  • Ordnance survey: varies
  • Travel: Hotel Accommodation
  • Public transport, Car hire
  • Car Mileage Charged at 45p per mile + VAT