Koussa Architects use the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 as the scope of services offered to clients throughout the various stages of a project. Through detailed and meticulous project planning we are able to offer the highest standards of services which can be benchmarked against RIBA guidelines. Koussa Architects will develop an RIBA Plan of Work for each specific project, establishing all the requirements prior to a project commencing. This ensures that the client is clearly informed of what services are being provided to maximise the quality of service that they will receive.
The 2013 RIBA Plan of Work stages are represented by numbers to avoid confusion with the stages in the RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007, which were represented by letters. The shift to numbers also allows the stages to be aligned with a set of unified industry stages agreed through the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Aligning the stage numbers in the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 with this structure helps to achieve one of the core objectives of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, namely greater cohesion within the construction industry.
The 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.
Koussa Architects will develop an RIBA Plan Of Work for your specific project requirements using a combination of the Key Stages identified below numbering 0 to 7. To download a cop of our RIBA Plan of Work Template Please click HERE
“Strategic Definition” is a new stage in which a project is strategically appraised and defined before a detailed brief is created. This is particularly relevant in the context of sustainability, when a refurbishment or extension, or indeed a rationalised space plan, may be more appropriate than a new building. Certain activities in Stage 0 are derived from the former (RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007) Stage A – Appraisal.
“Preparation and Brief” merges the residual tasks from the former Stage A – Appraisal – with the Stage B – Design Brief – tasks that relate to carrying out preparation activities and briefing in tandem.
“Concept Design” maps exactly to the former Stage C – Concept.
“Developed Design” maps broadly to the former Stage D – Design Development – and part of Stage E – Technical Design. The strategic difference is that in the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 the Developed Design will be coordinated and aligned with the Cost Information by the end of Stage 3. This may not increase the amount of design work required, but extra time will be needed to review information and implement any changes that arise from comments made before all the outputs are coordinated prior to the Information Exchange at the end of Stage 3.
“Technical Design” comprises the residual technical work of the core design team members. At the end of Stage 4, the design work of these designers will be completed, although they may have to respond to Design Queries that arise from work undertaken on site during Stage 5. This stage also includes and recognises the importance of design work undertaken by specialist subcontractors and/or suppliers employed by the contractor (Performance Specified Work in JCT contracts) and the need to define this work early in the process in the Design Responsibility Matrix.
“Construction” maps to the former Stage K – Construction to Practical Completion – but also includes Stage J – Mobilisation.
“Handover and Close Out” maps broadly to the former Stage L – Post Practical Completion – services.
“In Use” is a new stage which includes Post-occupancy Evaluation and review of Project Performance as well as new duties that can be undertaken during the In Use period of a building.