The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work 2013

Having identified the key stakeholders on a construction project and the construction professionals who will deliver it, we’ll now look at organising the processes at each stage of a build.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work 2013 organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using building projects into a number of key stages. It details the tasks and outputs required at each stage, which may vary or overlap to suit specific project requirements.

The plan is available from the RIBA website.

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The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is divided into eight stages and for each stage the tasks that should be completed are listed in the form of ‘task bars’. The stages reflect the life cycle of a ‘typical’ construction project, which are now explained:

  • Stage 0 Strategic definition: where the project is strategically appraised and defined, and precedes the creation of a detailed brief
  • Stage 1 Preparation and brief: requires the formation of the initial project brief and feasibility studies, and highlights the requirement to appoint the project team
  • Stage 2 Concept design: the design team’s first response to the project brief
  • Stage 3 Developed design: the detailed design is completed and will be coordinated and aligned with cost information by the end of the stage
  • Stage 4 Technical design: allows for the remaining technical work of key design team members and also any specialist subcontractors with design duties
  • Stage 5 Construction: carrying out of the on-site works
  • Stage 6 Handover and close out: activities associated with the issue of the Practical Completion Certificate through to the Final Certificate (or equivalent), plus activities associated with building handover
  • Stage 7 In use: covers the building in use, performance monitoring, updating of project information, and long-term project feedback activities until the end of the building’s life or the commissioning of a new Stage 0

Of the eight ‘task bars’, three (procurement, programme and planning) are customised throughout each stage, where applicable to the project. The remaining task bars provide details of key support tasks, sustainability check points, project team information exchanges and new government information gateways.

The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is not a contractual requirement on a project. However, users can use the various online tools associated with the plan to develop their own custom project plan of work.

Your task

Are there any other construction plans of work you are familiar with?

Explore the RIBA Plan of Work via its website and then answer the question:

What are your impressions of the RIBA Plan of Work?

Share your thoughts with your fellow learners.

Further reading

You may also want to explore:

RIBA (2007) Concept and Comparison to 2007 Plan of Work [online] available from https://www.ribaplanofwork.com/About/Concept.aspx [1 March 2019]

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Pre-Contract Management for Construction Projects: The Basics

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