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.