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The RIBA PLAN OF
WORK

The RIBA plan of work was first
developed in 1963. Since it was first developed, it was the ‘definitive’ UK
model for the building design and construction process, having also a
significant influence internationally as well.

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The plan of work has been a bedrock
for the architectural profession and construction industry by setting a
framework for the organisation and the management of how architectural projects
are run, providing a process map and management tool to architects. Split into
a number of key stages, the Plan of work also provides stage reference points
in a multitude of contractual and appointment documents and a good practice
guidance. (RIBAPlan of work overview)

During the time since the Plan of work
has been developed, it has evolved and been amended several times to reflect
the increasingly complexity of projects, to incorporate changing regulatory
requirements to reflect the demand of industry and government reports which
criticised the industry. It has gone from

The recent version of the Plan of work
has undergone a radical overhaul with it being described as ‘more flexible’
with stages such as planning permission and procurement being adjustable (Plan
of work overview), it reflects increasing requirements for sustainability and
Building Information Modelling (BIM)  and
it allows simple, project specific plans to be created. The work stages were
restructured and renamed into the following: Stage 0 – Strategic Definition;
Stage 1 – Preparation and Brief; Stage 2 – Concept design; Stage 3 – Developed
Design; Stage 4 – Technical Design; Stage 5 – Construction; Stage 6 – Handover
and Closeout; and Stage 7 – In Use

The plan of work also included a BIM
overlay and a sustainability overlay, but did no seem to have been updated to reflect
the 2013 work stage definitions.

The plan of work has come under
criticism as it has significantly less detail than the plan of work before that
(The 2007 plan of work). A few other criticisms include that it’s flexibility
and customisability is very limited and the definition and naming of the work
stages didn’t reflect the terminology that is used in the industry to date,
leading to some confusion within the profession.

Within the 2007 plan of work two new
stages were introduced. Stage 0 (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”.  And stage 7 (In use) 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”. They
were introduced as new stages in the plan of work as a learning process for the
industry to reflect on a project and to help better understand a type of
project for future references.

Although the RIBA 2013 includes many
benefits to the architectural process, there are many concerns that the POW
2013 doesn’t make sufficient necessities for the aftercare of construction
projects (AJ) Other architects think that the POW could involve architects in unnecessary
and unpaid soft landing activities, leading to use of resources which some
practices cannot afford to.

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