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Changes to RIBA outline plan of work

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The RIBA has announced amendments to the wording of the Outline Plan of Work 2007 for ‘the express purpose of clarification’

The amendment relates to the definition of sub-stage F1 of production information.

The original:

F1 Preparation of detailed information for construction.


F1 Preparation of production information in sufficient detail to enable a tender or tenders to be obtained.

The changes relate to a situation when an architect is providing partial services - where information is provided for tender purposes but not full information for construction.

The change was instigated following a suggestion made in one of RIBA’s practice meetings that further clarification would be useful. Adrian Dobson, RIBA Director of practice said ‘The changed terms were inserted to ensure all parties using the document were clear about their obligations and expectations.’

Mark Baines, Director at Hunters said that 'The clarification of such items is always welcome' and that 'the extent of information provided at tender stage has to remain comprehensive and robust to avoid the need for clarifying architects instructions and potential cost increases during the construction phase.' Ewan Jones, Partner at Grimshaw said that 'although the impact of this particular change is small, it reflects the attempt of the revised Plan of Work to show how the many methods of procurement can be overlapped and broken up'.

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