Customise a Plan of Work 2013

Customise a Plan of Work

Our online tool lets you customise a RIBA Plan of Work.

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Why customise a Plan of Work?

During the development of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, it became clear that whilst a generic Plan of Work would be useful, the Plan of Work would be more effective and focused if certain aspects could be customised. It was concluded that the best solution was to provide a template that would stand alone as well as provide an on-line tool that would facilitate a customised practice or project RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

Within the customised RIBA Plan of Work, some task bars are fixed to provide a degree of fixity from one plan to the next, whereas other task bars can be selected (from drop down menus) or switched 'on' or 'off'. Drop-down menus are provided for the Procurement, Programme and (Town) Planning task bars. Selecting a procurement route inserts specific procurement (tendering) activities into the customised Plan of Work (remember that these used to be a number of stages). In its initial version, the on-line tool selects the programme task bar based on the procurement route, highlighting the stages likely to overlap or to be undertaken concurrently. The (Town) Planning task bar recommends that planning applications are made at the end of stage 3 but also allows applications to be made at the end of stage 2.

The sustainability and UK Government information exchange task bars can be switched 'on' or 'off' depending on the project. Whilst it is anticipated that most customised Plans of Work will utilise the sustainability bar, the flexibility underlines the ability to customise your own practice or project Plan of Work.

The contents of the drop-down menus and the flexibility of the other task bars will continue to be reviewed and refined in line with user feedback.

Custom Plans FAQs

Q. Is it possible for the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 to be ‘all things to all people’ and useable on small or large projects alike?
A. The consultation process undertaken by the RIBA during summer 2012 suggested that most smaller projects are undertaken using traditional procurement processes. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 allows a practice-specific RIBA Plan of Work 2013 to be generated based on traditional or non-traditional procurement methods, but derived from the same template format, facilitating flexibility within a consistent overall framework.
Q. How will the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 affect fee scales, and what guidance will the RIBA provide in relation to this?
A. There are many aspects impacting on fees, including BIM and market conditions. In this context it is not possible for the RIBA to advise on appropriate fee levels, but these should reflect the resources required to deliver the agreed services. See the Concept section detailing where the RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007 has been mapped to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 to assist practices and clients when considering how fees might be reapportioned between stages.
Q. How is a RIBA Plan of Work 2013 created if the Procurement Strategy is not finalised at the end of stage 1?
A. Whilst it is recommended that a project-specific RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is created at the end of stage 1, the drop-down options in the electronic version allow a degree of flexibility. If the Procurement Strategy or (Town) Planning Strategy or the Project Programme have not been determined by the end of stage 1, a 'holding' bar can be placed in the project RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and a new plan generated when the outstanding items have been finalised.
Q. Is the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 likely to be amended in the future?
A. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 needs to continue to respond and adapt to emerging and evolving trends. Big Data, Geodata and various initiatives involving harnessing information in an open way will fundamentally change many industries, including the construction industry. These technologies will also, for example, enable automated building control tests and other tasks to be undertaken, and the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 will need to respond to these developments. From a construction perspective, the transition from site- and craft-based construction technologies to an increase in offsite and modular construction will continue, making construction faster and safer.