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Design Framework - managing building services design

This course has been updated to reflect the changes in the fourth edition of BSRIA publication BG6 Design Framework for Building Services

Better control of design activities is a key project competence to enable design and construction teams to deliver better value to the client. The trend for increasingly complex buildings, to comply with more onerous building regulations and respond to more sophisticated occupier requirements, is matched by the trend for more complex supply chains and delegation of design to a wider range of technical specialists.

BSRIA has been publishing guidance on managing design for nearly 20 years, and this course has been developed to help everyone involved with the management of building services design understand the specific tools that are now available to help this task.

Recently, this course has been updated to include BSRIA's new guidance on developing Building Information Models. The course also explains how BSRIA's guidance fits in with emerging BIM guidance from the rest of the construction industry and in particular with the Government requirement to use Level 2 BIM on public sector projects.

There will also be discussion of the new RIBA Plan of Work approach that has meant significant changes to design activity pro-formas.

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There is no course currently scheduled, please contact the training manager to register your interest for the next course, or to discuss our in company training.


The aim of the course is to enable Built Environment professionals to deliver more efficient and more cost effective projects through improved management of design activities, primarily those concerned with building services. Better design management and greater clarity of each designer's role and responsibilities will lead to more profitable projects and less conflict inside project teams.

On completion of this course, delegates will:

  • Have deeper understanding of the different standard models for dividing projects into stages
  • Understand the relationship between project stages and different construction procurement routes
  • Improve awareness of the design deliverables in general and the building services design deliverables in particular for the RIBA Plan of Work stages
  • Become familiar with the drawing definitions and examples published by BSRIA for building services
  • Understand the BSRIA definitions of different stages of BIM model development and the exemplar models that BSRIA has developed
  • Become familiar with the pro-formas for design activity and for drawing production published by BSRIA
  • Have experience of using the BSRIA Design Framework tools and pro-formas on a case study project

Who should attend

This course is intended for professionals involved in the management of design processes within the Built Environment. This includes client project managers, team leaders and design managers within building services consultants and contractors, architects, cost consultants, project managers, principal contractors and specialist system designers, manufacturers and installers.

Content and timings

Course agenda:

  • Detailed look at RIBA 2013 and its alignment with other project frameworks such as ACE
  • Reviewing the alignment of architectural design and building services design
  • Overview of BIM and the standards that have been published
  • Building services design deliverables stage-by-stage
  • Case study: putting Design Framework into practice

Registration and coffee are at 09.00.

The course starts at 09.30 and finishes approximately 16.30.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.


David Churcher is an expert on management processes within the building sector. He has authored BSRIA publications on whole life costing, customer-supplier relationships and has also delivered training and workshops on supply chain management, innovation in construction, and Soft Landings.  Read David's full profile.

In-company training

This course can be run in-company. We can also customise courses to meet the training needs of your staff. For more information, or for a quote, contact training manager David Bleicher (01344 465 589).


Delegates will be provided with a copy of all the slides presented and BSRIA publication BG 6/2014 Design Framework for Building Services (4th edition).