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RIBA Plan of Work

The RIBA Plan of Work is the definitive model for the design and construction process of buildings. Download the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Overview for the complete guidance.

The RIBA Plan of Work organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects into eight stages and explains the stage outcomes, core tasks and information exchanges required at each stage.

Guidance in the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Overview is based on nearly seven years of feedback, gathered by the RIBA, from the construction industry. It now includes an expanded glossary, comparison to international plan of work equivalents and guidance on the following core project strategies:

  • Conservation Strategy
  • Cost Strategy
  • Fire Safety Strategy
  • Health and Safety Strategy
  • Inclusive Design Strategy
  • Planning Strategy
  • Plan for Use Strategy - see the RIBA Plan for Use Guide
  • Procurement Strategy
  • Sustainability Strategy - including detailed tasks aligned to the RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide

Download the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Overview for the complete guidance. Also included below is an A4 Printer Friendly version of the overview, RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Template and the RIBA Plan of Work Toolbox, that contains a Design Responsibility Matrix.

Updated in 2021, the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work includes guidance on implementing seven categories of Modern Methods of Construction through each RIBA stage.

RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Template

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