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Hot Topic Highlight - RIBA Plan of Work 2020

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

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What is this week's blog about?

In this week's blog, we take a look at the new RIBA Plan of Work 2020.

Essential reading for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates on various pathways, including Project Management, Building Surveying and Planning & Development.

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What is the RIBA Plan of Work?

The RIBA Plan of Work was first published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1963. It originally provided a matrix to show the roles of participants in the design and construction processes.

It has since been updated in several editions, most recently in 2020. This has allowed it to adapt to the complexity of modern projects, industry demands and legislative and regulatory requirements.

It now provides a shared framework for design and construction, including both a process map and management tool.

Who is the Plan of Work endorsed by?

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the Construction Industry Council, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

What changed in 2020?

In 2020, key changes were made to reflect the importance of sustainability and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction. The Plan of Work now also incorporates issues such as digitisation of the industry, Modern Methods of Construction, ethical issues, the value of aftercare and timing relating to planning applications and procurement.

This has included restructuring and renaming of the work stages from the 2013 Plan of Work:

0 - Strategic definition – no change

1 - Preparation and briefing – brief amended to briefing

2 - Concept design – no change

3 - Spatial coordination – formerly Developed design

4 - Technical design – no change

5 - Manufacturing and construction – formerly Construction

6 - Handover – formerly Handover and close out

7 – Use – formerly In use

RIBA Plan of Work 2020

(RIBA, 2020)

How can we help?

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