RIBA Plan of work 2020

Structured design & construction projects
RIBA Plan of Work stages

The plan consists of eight stages that outline the process of a construction project:

1. Preparation: This stage involves defining the project objectives, assembling the project team, and conducting initial feasibility studies.
2. Briefing: Project brief is developed, which includes the client’s requirements, budget, and timeline. The project team gathers information and conducts site surveys which typically include a topographic survey and measured building survey.
3. Concept Design: This stage focuses on developing initial design ideas and concepts. The project team explores different design options and presents them to the client for approval. 3d models are particularly useful during the concept phase as clients can easily visualise proposals.
4. Developed Design: In this stage, the chosen design concept is further developed and refined. Detailed drawings, specifications, and cost estimates are prepared.
5. Technical Design: The technical aspects of the project are addressed in this stage. The project team works on detailed design development, including structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
6. Construction: This stage involves the actual construction of the project. Site preparation, procurement of materials and services, and construction management are carried out.
7. Handover: Once construction is complete, the building is handed over to the client. This stage includes final inspections, testing, and commissioning of systems.
8. Use and Aftercare: The final stage focuses on the ongoing use, maintenance and operation of the building. The project team provides support to the client and ensures that the building performs as intended.

Why are RIBA Plan of Work stages important?

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 is a comprehensive and structured guide that is crucial for the successful delivery of design and construction projects. We follow the plan in our own architectural projects.

  • Clarity and Consistency: The RIBA Plan of Work provides a clear and consistent framework for managing and executing design and construction projects. It outlines each stage of the process, from inception to completion, ensuring all parties involved understand their roles and responsibilities.
  • Sustainability: The 2020 version places a greater emphasis on sustainability, encouraging architects and designers to consider environmental impacts from the outset. This aligns with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and create more sustainable built environments.
  • Collaboration: The plan promotes collaboration between different disciplines and stakeholders involved in a project. This helps to ensure a more integrated and coordinated approach to design and construction.
  • Project Management: The plan is a valuable tool for project management, helping to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget. It provides a step-by-step guide to the process, helping to identify key tasks and deliverables at each stage.
  • Industry Standard: The plan is widely recognised and used in the architecture/construction and reflects industry standards and best practices, ensuring that projects are carried out in a professional and efficient manner.
  • Risk Management: The plan helps in identifying and managing risks at each stage of the project, which can lead to better outcomes and fewer unexpected issues or delays.