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The deadline for paying ARB’s annual retention fee passed on 31 December 2015 with over 96% of architects paying on time.

The regulator’s implementation of text message reminders was a notable success with over 300 payments received in the 60 minutes after the text message was sent out.

The number removed from the Register for non-payment was 1438 in 2016, compared to 1824 in 2015.  This is set against the background of a growing Register which has increased by around 5% since the end of 2014 from just over 35,000 to almost 37,000.

Karen Holmes, the Registrar and Chief Executive said, ‘We are very pleased that over 35,000 architects paid there their retention fee on time this year and, in our conversations with registrants, we have been struck by how architects value and wish to maintain their registered status.  As a public interest body, the Architects Act requires us to maintain an accurate Register. We have removed those architects who did not pay their retention fee before the deadline.  For those architects who wish to be reinstated, our use of technology has enabled to reduce the reinstatement fee to £152 for this year, down from £162 in 2015.  We will work hard, over the coming days, to make this process as quick and efficient as possible.’

Beatrice Fraenkel, Chair of the ARB said, ‘We want to thank all of the architects who once again paid promptly this year.  We have again been supported by the professional bodies and the press who have reminded their members and readers to pay on time. As we enter the reinstatement process, we are keen to urge all architects who wish to re-join the Register to do so as soon as possible as only those on the Register at noon on 11 January will be eligible to participate in the election of architect Board Members, either by standing as candidates, supporting nominations or voting.’

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