Architects Registration Board

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ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. They are an independent, public interest body and their work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

The challenge

ARB has nearly 33,000 registered architects, so it is far from simple to process and manage their annual membership fees. The objective was to provide a modern online payment system, which would automate operations, save staff time, and increase the accuracy of financial data. It was determined that a standalone online shop solution would not work in the IT environment of ARB due to the need for compatibility with existing databases, applications and procedures. The new application would also need to be secure.

The solution

Geeks developed a custom .NET solution by integrating payment gateway RBS Worldpay, existing ARB databases, purpose-built web services, Microsoft Active Directory and dynamic PDF generation components. This web application was delivered fully tested, robust and easy-to-use, all within a very tight deadline. This project was completed by using Geeks' advanced technology, M#, and their team's extensive experience in analysis, development and systems integration. This site is a major advance for ARB. It streamlines complex processes, utilising automation to free up staff for less laborious tasks, creates a better cashflow and allows reporting of financial data in ways that were not possible previously. This is a leap in financial software for the Architects Registration Board.