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The ARB has confirmed that it received 95% of retention fee payments from architects by the payment deadline.

This year the ARB has removed 1824 architects from the Register for non-payment, this is an improvement on the 2043 who were removed for non-payment at the beginning of 2014.

The cost of re-joining the Register in January has been reduced from £170 to £162, due to the on-going streamlining of processes.

Karen Holmes, Interim Registrar and Chief Executive said, ‘We have taken additional steps this year to remind architects to pay their retention fee on time including enlisting the support of professional bodies and the architectural press as well as operating additional opening hours and using social media messages.  As a result 95% of architects have paid their retention fee.’

Beatrice Fraenkel, Chair of the ARB said, ‘The Board’s policy on collection of the retention fee is driven by the principles of fairness to architects and clarity for consumers. The fee is used to fund the regulation of architects to maintain standards in the profession for the benefit of architects and the public alike.’

Architects who have been removed from the Register can apply for reinstatement to the Register, details can be found at www.arb.org.uk or architects can phone the ARB team on 020 7580 5861.

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