RIBA Prepares to Say Goodbye to Stages A-L

RIBA is planning to abolish the 50 year old plan of Work Stages A to L scheme and replace it with a seven-point schedule for works. Having been ratified at the RIBA Council in September, the major change to working processes is likely to come into effect from Spring 2013. Adrian Dobson, RIBA Director of Practice, explained that the development of the seven-point schedule of works would provide a "clear information framework" for BIM-enabled projects and be more "readily adaptable to" varied procurement methods.

The decision to update the process followed the Green Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work and a companion BIM Overlay, which resulted in RIBA's decision to undertake a fundamental review of the RIBA Outline Plan of Work, with the aim of ensuring alignment with best practice across all specialists within integrated construction teams. A copy of the seven-point schedule can be found at http://www.ribablogs.com/?p=6270.

To ensure a smooth launch for the new process RIBA is planning "an extensive information campaign" between now and Spring 2013, which will explain the reform. RIBA will also be updating the relevant contract forms and associated documents which refer to the soon to be superseded Plan of Work.