80years80questions A4L2


This year, Chaplin Farrant is celebrating it's 80th anniversary and as part of our celebrationgs, we will be answering 80 frequently asked questions about architecture, engineering and quantity surveying.

We hope you will find the answers to these questions a mixture of informative, entertaining and inspiring. If you have a particular question you would like answered, please contact us and we will endeavour to answer it.

For a full list of questions to so far,  click here.

7. Guess the date.

Can you guess the year that this photo of the Directors of Chaplin Farrant was taken? And can you name them?

It was the month that Norwich City played Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final …

Directors in the April 1989




6. What is the difference between cost consultancy and quantity surveying?

"Cost consultancy is just a more modern, palatable, overarching term for quantity surveying services (and beyond traditional perceived scope) and allows a more open view on the services offered under the role rather than what people traditionally believe that a quantity surveyors only role is. This could include items such as Capital Allowance calculations, VAT advice, Value management, Building services cost management and the like." Carl Johnson, Cost Consultant/Quantity Surveyor

5. Why is Quantity Surveying essential?

The RICS states that QS are essential for life cycle costing, cost planning, procurement and tendering, contract administration and commercial management. …. Clients rely on their judgement to ensure the smooth running of any project and provide value for money. …The QS will be able to calculate the quantities of materials for the building as well as provide accurate labour and work costs.

Feedback from a client on a Norwich office refurbishment in 2017 advised “It was a pleasure to work with Chaplin Farrant on this project and we are fully satisfied that they have added real value to the project.”

4.  When did architecture become a profession?

The Institute of British Architects was established in 1834 and received a royal charter in 1837 and dropped the reference to London in 1892 to become the Royal Institute of British Architects, or RIBA.

The RIBA’s three principles of professional conduct are honesty, integrity and competency. Further details of their standards can be found on the RIBA website



3.  What do the world cup stadiums look like and where are they?

The first England match is in Volgograd, followed by Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad, whilst their base camp is near St Petersburg.

This video gives a quick look at the all the stadiums in the 2018 Russian World Cup.

2.        What is quantity surveying / cost consultancy

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website states “a QS is an expert in the art of costing a building at all its stages.”

Alternative definitions are in these videos



 1.             What is architecture

According to the Dictionary of Architecture and Construction, it is “the art and science of designing and building structures … in keeping with the aesthetic and functional criteria.

 An alternative definition from Barak Obama states “it is about creating buildings and spaces that inspire us, that help us do our jobs, that bring us together and that become, at their best, works of art that we can move through and live in.”


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