The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will today officially launch the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, an online tool for all those involved in the briefing, design, construction and post occupancy process.
The Plan of Work provides a stage-by-stage model to assist all members of the project team to manage the process from inception to completion and beyond.
Following a comprehensive review this major upgrade ensures that the 50 year-old RIBA Plan of Work continues to reflect the very best principles in contemporary building practice.
In addition to essential updates, on elements such as procurement and sustainability, for the first time some tasks can be tailored using an online tool.
The first RIBA Plan of Work was conceived at a time when the regulatory framework for building design and construction, industry structures and procurement arrangements were simpler and more defined - very different from those in use today.
The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 responds to the impetus provided by the publication of the UK Government Construction Strategy for the RIBA to take a leading role, and working closely with the Construction Industry Council (CIC), shape a set of unified work stages suitable for use by all the members of the project team.
"This has been a meticulously detailed project which has delivered a brilliant solution to a once in a generation opportunity to update the industry's process model and address key changes in areas such as procurement, town planning, sustainability, BIM and construction delivery," commented Angela Brady, President of RIBA.
"I encourage all architects to support the new plan which gives clarity to our role and clarity for our clients."