Comment on: Plan of Work 2013 survey: Is it working?
The new plan specifies that architects should prepare and submit Building Regulation applications in Stage 4 – Technical Design. This is similar advice to the previous plan and does not reflect current best practice which increasingly sees Approved Inspectors (AI's) engaged much earlier at the conceptual stage – equivalent to the new Stage 2 – where the full weight of the AI's expertise can come into play to the benefit of the project design. Early Building Regulation input into the design process allows architects and scheme designers greater opportunity to explore cutting edge solutions. These solutions may seek to consider aesthetics, building functionality and project economics. Enabling a design team to explore these avenues encourages innovation whilst delivering greater risk management and cost certainty. The proposed Stage 4 proposed involvement for Building Control stifles the opportunity. The new Plan of Work is a missed opportunity. As it stands the update does not go far enough and the RIBA is failing its members by not keeping pace with the changing face of the industry. Steve Highwood Director: HCD Building Control