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RIBA simplifies its Plan of Work and commits to POEJune 2013

The RIBA has launched the 2013 version of the RIBA Plan of Work. The latest edition replaces the 2007 version.

The latest edition represents a significant restructure. The current eleven stages, defined by the letters A-L, are being replaced by an eight-stage process numbered 0-7:

  • Stage 0: Strategic Definition - A new stage in which a project is strategically appraised and defined before a detailed brief is created.
  • Stage 1: Preparation and Brief - This combines the residual tasks from the former Stage A with the former Stage B (Design Brief) tasks.
  • Stage 2: Concept Design - Stage 2 maps to the former Stage C (Concept Design).
  • Stage 3: Developed Design - A new stage that maps broadly to the former Stage D (Design Development) and part of the former Stage E (Technical Design). The main difference is that Developed Design will be co-ordinated and aligned with the cost information by the end of Stage 3.
  • Stage 4: Technical Design - This stage combines the residual work of core design team members with that of specialist subcontractors with design duties.
  • Stage 5: Construction - Stage 5 maps to the former Stage K (Construction to Practical Completion), but subsumes the former Stage J (Mobilisation).
  • Stage 6: Handover and Closeout - A new stage that deals with activities linked to the issue of the Practical Completion Certificate and handover of the building through to issue of the Final Certificate.
  • Stage 7: In Use - 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.

The RIBA has issued a free online version of the Plan of Work which gives users the ability to customise it to meet specific practice or project needs.

The RIBA says that the 2007 edition will run alongside the 2013 edition but hopes that “the advantages of RIBA Plan of Work 2013 will quickly become apparent.”

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