I'm caught at the moment between my architect and a structural engineer regarding getting tender drawings completed. Would appreciate opinions on how I can resolve this situation.
Basically, I have full planning permission for a 3000 sq feet house. As we moved onto the next stage after planning I completed my architect's questionnaire regarding windows, doors, etc.. Following this they produced a set of drawings which I would have considered was comprehensive however when I ran it past a few builders I know they all rejected them as being very vague and not detailed enough. I also ran them past a QS who told me that they would be dangerous to get quotes off as there was a large scope for overrun on the builders part due to the vagueness of them. In all cases I was referred to get a structural engineer to complete this for me.
My problem is that this is what I thought I paid the architect for. I paid c. €3,000 for the architect, now the best quote I am getting from a structural engineer is €8,500 ex VAT to take the drawings as they are now, make them tender quality and to undertake the tender.
My questions are is the engineering cost too much and should I push my architect to pay some of this cost as it should have been their job?
Any advise would be great.