Our guide to help explain the life cycle of a building project

At unit3 we have always believed in simplifying the whole construction process for our clients as much as possible. The general consensus from our clients seems to be that they are sometimes confused about what project activities are required, need to happen and when – such as the planning and building control permissions, appointment of a builder, and the points at which architects invoices will be sent.

That’s why we use the RIBA Plan of work to help illustrate the individual stages of a project to our clients – from the very first meeting, through to handing you the keys at the end of the build.

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The 7 Stages

The RIBA Plan of Work organises every single process of client briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using your project into 7 key stages.

The full Plan of Work details the main architectural tasks and outputs required at each stage which may vary or overlap to suit the specific project requirements. This simple guide helps our clients to understand what stage their project is at, what they are being charged for, and what stages are still to come.

The principal purpose of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is explaining to clients the circular processes involved in a building project, although these are expanded and adjusted depending on each and every project to relate to the specific briefing, design, construction, maintenance, operational and in-use processes involved in a building project.

When you first meet an architect from unit3, we will explain where your project sits within this circular life cycle and what involvement we will assist you with to get your project to where you want it to be. Should we look to work together on your project, to aid in clarity, all our fee quotations are referenced in line with the Plan of Work.

Within this explanatory framework the stages continue to set particular and specific boundaries for those involved in the process. While the RIBA Plan of Work is devised by the RIBA, it is intended for use by all the parties involved in a project.

RIBA Plan of Work 2013 - Generic

Watch this short video for more information on the RIBA Plan of Works

For more information, call us to explain the life-cycle of a project with you in more detail or email mail@unit3-designstudio.com

The full Plan of Work and more information is available from the RIBA here: http://www.ribaplanofwork.com/Default.aspx

 

Unit3 Design Studio specialise in building designs of all types from kitchen extensions to new build house designs and can project manage your scheme from concept plans through to completed construction. Our RIBA chartered architects will advise you on costs and guide you through the entire building process, producing modern and innovative plans that meet your design needs. Our studio is based in Liverpool at the Baltic Triangle, and we work across Liverpool, Manchester, Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside and the North West. If you have a architectural idea in mind and need a creative design team, contact our studio now to arrange an appointment – we look forward to meeting you.