RIBA Plan of Work 2020

Earlier this year the Royal Institute of British Architects published their RIBA Plan of Work 2020. Last updated in 2013, the RIBA Plan of Work organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects into eight stages and explains the various stage outcomes, core tasks and information exchanges required at each stage.

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 presents a modified and updated guide which is designed to better meet the needs of today’s project teams.

Changes have been introduced in relation to the digitisation of the industry, modern methods of construction, increasing awareness of ethics, the importance of sustainability, the value of aftercare, and different approaches to the timing of planning applications and procurement.

As well as the more general changes and modifications, there are three marquee updates to the 2020 version of the Plan of Work.

The first is the inclusion of ‘Sustainable Outcomes’, which challenge architects and design teams to design with a focus on sustainable outcomes from the outset of the project.

The second is the ‘Plan for Use’, which aims to encourage a more ‘in-use’ approach to design, within both the architectural profession and the wider construction industry.

Finally, the third key update is the ‘Sustainability Strategy’, which maps the sustainable outcomes and plan for use principles through all stages of the Plan of Work.

More information is available via the RIBA website,  https://www.architecture.com/.

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