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Say goodbye to RIBA Plan of Work stages (A-L)

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

RIBA Plan of Work stages are to be consigned to history.

The RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007 consisted of 11 work stages defined by the letters A-L, a description of key tasks, and reference to former OGC (Office of Government Commerce) Gateways.

The new RIBA Plan of Work 2013 has eight work stages defined by the numbers 0-7, and eight task bars.

These eight stages are derived as follows:

Stage 0 is new. In it a project is strategically appraised and defined before a detailed brief is created. This is particularly relevant in the context of sustainability when an extension, refurbishment or rationalised space plan may be more appropriate than a new building.  Some activities in stage 0 are derived from the former (RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007) stage A.
Stage 1 merges the residual tasks from the former stage A with the stage B tasks that relate to carrying out preparation activities and briefing in tandem.
Stage 2 maps exactly to the former stage C.
Stage 3 maps broadly to the former stage D. The strategic difference is that in the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 the developed design will be co-ordinated and aligned with cost information by the end of the stage.  This may not increase the amount of design work required, but extra time will be needed to review information and for making any changes arising from the comments made, until all the outputs are
co-ordinated before the Information Exchange.
Stage 4 comprises the residual technical work of the core design team members. At the end of stage 4, their design work will be completed, although they may have obligations to check fabrication design information during stage 5 or respond to design queries that arise from work undertaken on site during stage 6.
Stage 5 recognises the importance of design work undertaken by specialist subcontractors and/or suppliers employed by the contractor (Performance Specified Design in JCT contracts). The need to define this work early in the process, in a design responsibility matrix, is a core recommendation of RIBA PoW 2013.
Stage 6 maps to the former stage K – but also includes stage J.
Stage 7 maps to stage L but is likely to embrace further duties arising from post-completion and post occupancy evaluation activities.

While the tendering stages have been deleted RIBA Plan of Work 2013 replaces them with a procurement task bar.

When it is launched there will be a free online version enabling users to customise a practice or project RIBA PoW 2013 to meet their specific needs.  In a customised Plan of Work the selected procurement route will be inserted with specific activities included at each stage.  The new programme and planning task bars will allow a number of options to be included in the custom plans. The remaining five task bars contain activities specific to each stage.

RIBA anticipate that both the old and new versions of the Plan of Work will remain in parallel use for quite some time. But RIBA believe that the advantages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 will quickly become apparent and that many people in the construction industry will start to make the switch sooner rather than later.

Key changes:

Work stages
RIBA work stages are reduced from 11 to 7, and aligned with the CIC Schedule of Services. Stages A and B have been incorporated into one initial ‘preparation’ stage, and stages F – L have been simplified and renumbered.

Task bars
Task bars offering job specific flexibility will replace the single description of tasks used in the RIBA Plan of Work 2007.

Revision of other key documents
The Architect’s Job Book, Standard Form of Agreement and other key documents will also be revised in line with the updated 2013 Plan of Work.

Planning
Planning is made more flexible within this plan of work, acknowledging that planning is often happening earlier in the design process.

Sustainability and BIM
BIM and the Green Overlay have been incorporated into the new Plan of Work 2013.

RIBA Plan of Work 2013 will be formally launched on 21 May 2013.