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RIBA Plan of Work
A summary

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What is the RIBA Plan of Work?

We follow the RIBA's Plan of Work stages and advise on the processes through each stage, alongside our design input as Architects. The stages are as follows:

Stage 0 - Strategic Definition

Stage 1 - Preparation and Briefing

Stage 2 - Concept Design

Stage 3 - Spatial Coordination

Stage 4 - Technical Design

Stage 5 - Manufacturing and Construction

Stage 6 - Handover

Stage 7 - Use

The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work is a detailed framework for managing the design and construction process of building projects. It is structured into eight stages, each with specific objectives and tasks.

These are summarised below:

Stage 0: Strategic Definition focuses on understanding the client's requirements and developing the project's strategic brief. During this stage, the client's business case is identified along with strategic requirements. Feasibility studies and site appraisals are conducted, and the project's scope, risks, and potential constraints are determined.

Stage 1: Preparation and Brief aims to develop the initial project brief and explore the project's feasibility. In this stage, project objectives, including sustainability goals, are developed. A project risk assessment is prepared, site information is reviewed, and the initial project brief is formulated. Additionally, stakeholders and their requirements are identified.Applications for Pre-application advice are often submitted at this stage.

Stage 2: Concept Design is centered around establishing the design concept for the project. The concept design is prepared, including outline proposals for structural design, building services systems, and outline specifications. Compliance with statutory requirements is reviewed, a cost plan is developed, and the project brief is updated as needed. 

Stage 3: Spatial Coordination (formerly known as Developed Design) involves further developing the design and coordinating all components. Architectural, structural, and building services systems are developed, and spatial arrangements are coordinated. Any changes required by regulatory bodies are integrated, and the cost plan and project strategies are updated. Planning Applications are most often submitted as an output of this stage.

Stage 4: Technical Design focuses on finalising the design to a level suitable for construction. Detailed technical designs and specifications are prepared, and design information from all disciplines is coordinated. Information for statutory approvals is submitted, and project strategies, including health and safety, construction logistics, and sustainability, are finalised.

Stage 5: Manufacturing and Construction is dedicated to manufacturing and constructing the building according to the technical designs. The construction process is managed, quality and design compliance are monitored, site operations and logistics are coordinated, and health and safety compliance is ensured. Construction progress is reviewed and updated against the project plan.

Stage 6: Handover involves completing the construction and handing over the building to the client. Outstanding work is completed, defects are rectified, inspections and testing are conducted, and operation and maintenance manuals are prepared and handed over. Client training and support are provided, and practical completion is achieved, leading to the handover of the building.

Stage 7: Use ensures the building operates efficiently and supports the client's business. Building performance is monitored against project objectives, post-occupancy evaluations are carried out, ongoing support and maintenance are provided, and feedback and lessons learned are captured for future projects.

These stages provide a comprehensive approach to managing building projects, ensuring they are well-planned, designed, and executed to meet client needs and industry standards.

Download the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 (External Link)

Where to go for further information?

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), offer information and guidance on the Plan of Work. Refer to their website for information.

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