The RIBA Plan of Work organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects into eight stages and details the tasks and outputs required at each stage.
The structure of the RIBA Plan of Work was fundamentally overhauled in 2013 to better meet the needs of the construction industry. An overview document was published at this time to provide detailed guidance on each stage and task bar.
Download the RIBA Plan of Work Overview.
Custom Plan of Work
To make full use of the RIBA Plan of Work, you can set the Procurement, Planning and Programme tasks to suit your practice or project needs. Visit the RIBA Plan of Work website and create a custom plan of work.
The overview guidance is built into the website along with a downloadable Toolbox that includes an easy to use excel file that combines a project roles table, contractual tree, and design responsibility matrix.
Visit the RIBA Plan of Work website
RIBA Small Project Plan of Work
The Small Project Plan of Work was published in 2016 to respond to the call from architects working on small traditionally procured projects for new clients to provide simplified guidance on core design and regulatory matters.
The stages are the same but the tasks are tailored to be of most use on a smaller scale. The tasks include additional detail on health and Safety (CDM 2015), planning and building control along with suggested level of detail to help explain design progression.
Download the RIBA Small Project Plan of Work
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work
Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) is an approach that facilitates greater offsite manufacturing, minimising onsite construction. It allows buildings to be constructed more quickly, safely and cost-effectively. The DfMA Overlay provides tasks in each Stage of the RIBA Plan of Work so the design team contribute to the process driving radical improvements in productivity.
The DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work was published in 2016 and sponsored by leading contractors and clients through the Offsite Management School, set up to help supply chains embrace offsite manufacturing.
Download the DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work
Client Conversations: Insights into successful project outcomes
Client Conversations gathers together the accumulated knowledge of a range of clients who are prepared to share their experiences in order that architects and other clients may benefit from them. It is closely aligned with the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 which was created, in part, to respond to the importance and value of the decisions made by clients when preparing projects. It is structured around six key topics crucial to successful project delivery:
- Defining project outcomes
- Leading from the start
- Assembling the project team
- Project briefing
- Mitigating risk
- Handover, use and feedback
RIBA Plan of Work 2007 (legacy)
The 2007 edition of the RIBA Plan of Work is still available for those who need to refer to it, this is a legacy issue and no further guidance will be made available based on this edition. For small traditionally procured projects see the RIBA Small Project Plan of Work.
Download legacy editions of the RIBA Plan of Work:
- RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007 (revised 2008)
- Green Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work (2011)
- BIM Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work (2012)
Ask us about the RIBA Plan of Work
If you have any questions about the RIBA plan of Work, please email the RIBA Practice Department.