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If you're new to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, the best place to start is the short tutorial video. This will give you an easy-to-follow introduction to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 interactive plan.

More tutorial videos will become available as the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 website progresses.

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Website User Guide

First developed in 1963, the RIBA Plan of Work has been the definitive UK model for the building design and construction process for half a century, and has also exerted significant influence internationally. The Plan of Work framework has served both the architectural profession and the wider construction industry well.

The three tabs below provide help on using the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 website.

  • General
  • View the Plan
  • Customise a Plan

On the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 website homepage, four main navigation options are available. These options are:

  • View the Plan of Work - this allows you to view the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 stage by stage, including related tasks and stage guidance.
  • Customise a Plan of Work - select this option to customise the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 for the specific needs of your practice or project.
  • About the Plan of Work - this option will take you to the About the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 area. This area includes an introduction to the 2013 Plan of Work, comparisons to the 2007 Plan of Work and information about the eight new task bars in the 2013 Plan of Work.
  • Download the Plan of Work - this allows you to download a generic RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and the Plan of Work 2013 Overview document.
Imagery

A selection of five images is available to view from the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 homepage. Each one of these images acts as the homepage background and has been nominated for the 2012 RIBA Sterling Prize. Each time you visit the website homepage, the image will change on a rotating basis.

To view the images in full, you can minimise the website's left hand menu. To do this, select the minimise button as shown below.

Homepage minimise button

If you would like to scroll through the images to select your preferred background, use the left and right buttons in the top right hand corner as shown below.

Homepage left and right buttons Homepage left and right buttons

To view more information about each photo you can hover over the camera icon in the footer of the homepage.

Social Sharing

A link to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 website can be shared on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn using the social media sharing option available in the footer of every page.

Navigating the Plan of Work

Selecting the View the Plan of Work button from the homepage or the View the Plan link from the left hand menu will load a page showing an interactive view of the generic RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

The View the Plan page allows you to switch between tasks and stage guidance at each stage in the RIBA Plan of Work. To toggle between tasks and stage guidance you can use the tabs available to the left hand side of the main content panel. These options are shown in the image below.

Tasks and Stage Guidance tabs

When the Tasks tab is selected, all of the task titles will be displayed in the left hand column of the main content panel. The stage tasks will be displayed in the right hand column of the main content panel.

When the Stage Guidance tab is selected, all stage-specific guidance will be displayed in the right hand column of the main content panel.

The View the Plan page also allows you to switch between each stage of the RIBA Plan of Work. There are four different ways to switch between each stage, all listed below.

Numbered tabs - these tabs are displayed to the right hand side of the main content panel. Select the corresponding Stage number to view the related guidance.
RIBA Plan of Work Stage tabs

RIBA Plan of Work logo - each section of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 logo links to the appropriate stage. Click on the colour coordinated segment to go to the relevant stage.

RIBA Plan of Work 2013 logo

Keyboard - you can navigate through each stage in the RIBA Plan of Work by using the left and right arrows on your keyboard.

Swipe motions (tablet devices only) - if you are viewing the website using a tablet (e.g. an iPad), a left/ right swiping motion across the page will change the stage you are currently viewing.

Task information

When viewing the stage tasks within the RIBA Plan of Work, definitions are available for specific words and phrases. These words are displayed in bold within the main content panel. To view a definition for a word or phrase, simply hover over the bold text. Note: if you are using a tablet, you can view the definitions by selecting the bold text.

A full list of definitions is available in the glossary.

Some of the tasks within the RIBA Plan of Work are relevant to more than one stage. The tasks that apply to more than one stage can be identified by the arrows displayed to the right and left of an individual task. If you hover over these arrow icons (or select them on a table), the relevant stage information will be displayed.

Customise a Plan

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 could stand alone as well as provide an on-line tool to facilitate a customised practice or project RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

Step 1. Getting Started
To start customising your RIBA Plan of Work 2013, enter your company name, email address and select whether you would like to create a Practice or Project Plan.

Project Plan - The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 template can be used and be functional on a project during Stage 0 and Stage 1, before decisions have been made about the selectable and variable task bars. During Stage 1, a project-specific Plan of Work can be generated and the three generic versions of the variable task bars will be replaced with specific task bars.

Practice Plan - A practice can select options in the variable task bars to create a practice specific Plan of Work that reflects the common working methods of the practice thereby creating a Plan of Work suitable for all (or the majority) of their projects.

Step 2. Your Information
Complete your Practice or Project name.

Step 3. Customise your Plan of Work
The options that are selected in this stage will form the basis of the content that is included in your customised RIBA Plan of Work 2013. The following decisions must be made:

Form of Procurement - selecting a procurement route inserts specific procurement (tendering) activities into your customised RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

Planning Application - 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.

Sustainability Checkpoint Task Bar & Government Gateway Task Bar - 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 Plan of Works will utilise the sustainability bar, the flexibility underlines the ability to customise your own practice or project Plan of Work.

Step 4. Review
In step 4, you should review all of the information that you entered in steps 1-3. Once you are happy with your information select the Confirm and Generate Plan button.

Step 5. Download
Step 5 allows you to download your customised RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and the supporting overview document. Before you can download these documents, you must login using a free NBS account. If you have already registered for an NBS account, enter your email address and password and select Login & Continue to Download.

If you do not have an NBS account, you can register by selecting the Create my free theNBS.com Account button.

For more help and guidance on using the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, please contact a member of the support team.