The RIBA Plan of Work 2020
The RIBA Plan of Work 2020

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The RIBA Plan of Work 2020
  • What is the RIBA Plan of Work?
  • Stages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2020
  • Stage 0—Strategic Definition
  • Stage 1—Preparation and Briefing
  • Stage 2—Concept Design
  • Stage 3—Spatial Coordination
  • Stage 4—Technical Design
  • Stage 5—Manufacturing and Construction
  • Stage 6—Handover
  • More...

What is the RIBA Plan of Work?

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 maps out the structure of the design process for a construction project, setting out tasks and required ‘outcomes’ at each stage. The framework it sets out underpins the way projects are organised and managed.

The first RIBA Plan of Work was published in 1963 and it has been amended and updated periodically since then to reflect changes in practice, regulation etc. It had a substantial overhaul in the version published in 2013 which made some significant changes and attempted to bring the Plan of Work into line with modern practices and the requirements of modern projects and also take into account sustainability principles and the growing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) (see Practice Note: The RIBA Plan of Work 2013). The most recent version of the RIBA Plan of Work was published in February 2020. The 2020 version builds on the 2013 Plan of Work and includes a greater emphasis on sustainability and an integral role for BIM—BIM is not dealt with as a separate item or task. The fundamental approach of the Plan of Work remains unchanged.

Like the 2013 Plan of Work, the 2020 Plan of Work is designed so that it can be adapted for different procurement approaches and used for all sizes of project in all sectors. The intention

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