At Harper architects we understand that the architectural process can be confusing and overwhelming. To help simplify the process we utilise the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work 2020 to guide clients through the design and construction process. The RIBA Plan of Work is a framework that outlines the stages of a construction project from inception to completion. Its purpose is to provide a systematic and structured approach to the design and construction process, which enables us as architects to manage your project efficiently and effectively, while being transparent throughout.
In this article, we will provide an overview of the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 and how it can benefit clients working with Harper Architects.
The framework is structured into eight stages, which are numbered from 0 to 7. Each stage represents a different phase of the project, from initial conception to post-construction evaluation.
Stage 0: Strategic Definition
Harper Architects will work with clients to define their requirements, understand the site context, and determine the feasibility of the project. This stage is crucial to ensure that the project aligns with the client’s needs and is achievable.
Stage 1: Preparation and Briefing
During this stage, Harper Architects and their clients work together to develop a detailed brief for the project. The brief outlines the project’s scope, budget, timeline, and design requirements. Harper Architects will also carry out site surveys and assessments to gather information that will inform the design.
Stage 2: Concept Design
At this stage, Harper Architects develop initial design concepts based on the client’s brief and site assessments. These concepts will be presented to the client for feedback and approval. The aim of this stage is to develop a design that meets the client’s requirements and is aesthetically pleasing.
Stage 3: Spatial Coordination
During this stage, Harper Architects will develop the design further by considering the spatial arrangement and functionality of the building or space. This will include developing floor plans, sections, and elevations. Harper Architects will also coordinate the design with other consultants, such as engineers and surveyors. A key milestone within this work stage would be the submission of a ‘Planning Application’.
Harper Architects is a RIBA Charted Architectural Practice based in Solihull, that has extensive experience in the planning process with the local authority. We have been involved in numerous projects across the West Midlands region and have established a reputation for delivering high-quality designs that meet the needs of their clients.
As Solihull, Knowle and the immediate surrounding area is either located within or near the green belt, this expertise is particularly relevant to the local area. Our local knowledge of the area and the planning process makes us a valuable partner for clients looking to undertake construction projects in Solihull, Knowle and the surrounding region.
Stage 4: Technical Design
At this stage, Harper Architects will develop a detailed technical design that includes all aspects of the building or space, such as materials, finishes, and fixtures. We will also obtain necessary approvals from local authorities and ensure that the design complies with building regulations and codes. The key milestones within this work stage would be the submission of a ‘Building Control Application’, together with the tendering process culminating in the appointment of a preferred contractor.
Stage 5: Manufacturing and Construction
During this stage, the building or space will be constructed according to the technical design. Harper Architects can monitor the construction progress and ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget, and to the required quality. If needed Harper Architects can administer the Building Contract between the client and the contractor.
Stage 6: Handover and Close Out
Once the construction is complete, Harper Architects will oversee the handover of the building or space to the client. This will include ensuring that all systems are fully operational and that any defects are rectified. They will also provide the client with operation and maintenance manuals.
Stage 7: Use and Aftercare
After the building or space has been handed over to the client, Harper Architects can carry out a post-occupancy evaluation if required to ensure that the building or space is functioning as intended. They will also provide ongoing support to the client to ensure that the building or space is maintained and operated correctly.
The RIBA Plan of Work 2020, utilised by Harper Architects, provides a structured approach to the architectural process, which can benefit clients in several ways. Firstly, it ensures that the project is well-defined and achievable, reducing the risk of costly delays or changes during the construction process. Secondly, it promotes collaboration between the client and architect, ensuring that the project meets the client’s needs and is aesthetically pleasing. Finally, it provides a framework for ongoing support.
The Schedule of Services Harper Architects can offer, responds and relates to the stages of work as identified in the Plan of Work with clear and transparent objectives set out from the start of the project and how we show accountability every step of the way.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming project and where it may fit within the RIBA Plan of Work 2020, please get in touch in all the usual methods.