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Plan of Work 2013 survey: Is it working?


Calling architects, clients, engineers, contractors and developers. The AJ wants to hear your views on the newly introduced RIBA Plan of Work

Back in May the RIBA’s 50-year-old Plan of Work was consigned to history. The familiar A-L work stages were scrapped, replaced by eight new, numbered steps.

When the new plan was launched there was criticism of the reworked workflows and it was unclear whether there would be widespread take-up of the updated plan.

Now five months down the line, the AJ wants to hear from you about whether you have adopted the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. The survey, which will take less than three minutes to complete, aims to find out whether the new scheme has been accepted by the industry.

The short questionnaire is confidential, but entrants can choose to throw their hat into the ring to win a copy of The Library: A World History by James W P Campbell and Will Pryce (rrp £48.00), which tells the stories of some of the world’s most significant libraries.

The results of the survey will be published in the AJ in the coming weeks.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Whilst the new plan of work is perhaps appropriate for larger more complex projects it is too unwieldy for smaller projects, particularly when clients are doing a building project for the first time. The document becomes very daunting fo them to understand.
    I also feel that , the forward loaded work load caused by the introduction of BIM onto a project must be reflected in some way. It is immediately apparent to us that because of the benefits that BIM can bring to a Main Contractor in establishing cost certainty, we are being requested to provide far more information at the planning stages of a project than ever before. This currently is not properly relected within the plan of work and certainly not in the current fee percentages attached to the work up to stage D. As a practice we are reviewing our services schedule and fee structure to reflect BIM projects as a separate issue. Small projects still work well within the original scope of services and plan of work stages.
    My suggestion would be to have a small works POW, medium/large works POW and a BIM project POW as separate downloads so that te correct document can be attached to the appropriate project.

    Adam Clark
    Director : Halliday Clark Architects

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  • 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

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  • I agree with both the previous comments. Having recently applied for RIBA Chartered Practice Membership, I was surprised to see that the RIBA Quality Management Toolkit is still based on the 'old' Plan of Work.

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