RIBA Plan of Work

Morse Webb Architects have been from their inception an RIBA Chartered Practice.  Our staff and directors are qualified Architects registered with the Architect’s Registration Board as well as being members of the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Our Chartered status ensures an ongoing commitment to the best in design, management and client service.

To give structure to the procurement of all buildings we implement the 2013 RIBA Plan of Work as a robust and well understood framework.  This is an industry standard framework which has evolved over many years.  As an evolving framework it was overhauled in 2013 into its current format; a flexible format much more readily structured to modern methods of building procurement.

The plan gives shape to the delivery of our Project Management services and is applicable to all building projects.  As a flexible structure, it can be tailored to individual projects on an as required basis; large or small.  Refurbishment or new-build.

Depending on the scope of work, the Plan of Work gives a clear and legible structure to the programme upon which key milestones and project delivery parameters can be monitored.  It is also a structure which is also well understood by and familiar to the design team which enables the efficient production and smooth flow of information.

We summarise below the various stages within the Plan of Work.

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RIBA Work Stages

RIBA Stage 0: Strategic Definition

This is essentially our first contact with you. We will visit Site and listen to initial briefing, define the budget and program targets. We'll advise you of your Health & Safety duties and the need for services by other consultants or specialists. Finally, we'll summarise the scope of work and submit a fee proposal for your approval.

RIBA Stage 1: Preparation & Brief

Once we've defined the scope of our service and brief we'll get going in earnest. During these early stages we'll draw together the site & building surveys, project consultants and identify the key site constraints. Once we've completed a site analysis we will sketch and present our first feasibility study to you.

RIBA Stage 2: Concept Design (pre-application)

Having presented our initial response to your brief and site, we'll present further proposals at a series of face-to-face meetings in order to evolve the design and brief. At the same time, we'll appoint a Q.S. to prepare the Cost Plan to ensure the designs are evolving in line with your budget. Once we arrive at a coherent design proposal we will make a submission as part of an application for ‘pre-application’ guidance to the Local Authority.

RIBA Stage 3: Developed Design (Planning Application)

Upon receipt of the pre-application guidance, we will report back to you. We may need to adjust the proposals to ensure the best chance of success of consent. Equally, we will negotiate with the Local Authority to steer an agreeable way forward. Thereafter we will complete our application drawings, pull together all necessary consultant reports and submit an application for planning permission.

RIBA Stage 4: Technical Design (Building Regulations)

Once planning consent is secure we embark upon the preparation of the construction drawings and specification package. We will draw together the design team and progress this package together with you and the Quantity Surveyor to ensure the cost targets are met. This information is used to both discharge the Building Regulations as well as tender competitively with Principle Contractors.

RIBA Stages 5 & 6: Works on Site & Completion

We will appoint the successful contractor and administer the contract on site. We chair regular site meetings, inspect the works whilst issuing Certificates and Instructions as necessary to ensure the smooth progress of works on site. Together with the Q.S. we monitor the cost impact of variations and assess the contractor’s progress against contract program.