Plan of Works 

Plan of Works 

Careful listening is the key to a successful outcome 

Careful listening is the key to a successful outcome 

I have had the benefit of working with Andrew and his team at ARA Architects since 2012 and over the last 9 years it has been an absolute pleasure working together with our clients to support their housing designs. 
Andrew and his team take considerable time to get to know their clients, find out how the family lives, what their lifestyles are like before thoughtfully designing a home that meets their needs. My clients have been at the centre of the design process and fully part of the consultation, design and build stages. Andrew is excellent at describing how the process from purchasing a property through to moving in works and is sensitive in managing people's expectations as the planning process can take some time
Kerry Tomlinson Occupational Therapist 
Whilst design solutions are individual and specific, the process the architect must follow in realising the brief is a well-established progression of activities known as the “Plan of Works”. 
The Plan of Woks consists of 6 Work Stages that are a step-by-step sequence of events common to every project. These involve input from the client, client’s family, the client’s deputy and case manager, where appointed. Additionally, specialist equipment suppliers, structural engineers, a party wall surveyor and contractor will need to be consulted. ARA uses a round table approach drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of this team. 

ARA Plan of Works 

Work Stage 1 Preparation and Brief 

Project Objectives 
Project Budget 
Feasibility Study 
Site Information 

Work Stage 2 Concept Design 

Outline Proposals 
Cost Information 
Design Programme 
Final Project Brief 

Work Stage 3 Developed Design 

Coordinate Proposals with other Consultants 
Update Cost Information 
Submission of Town Planning Application 
Update design Programme 

Work Stage 4 Technical Design 

Address Planning Conditions 
Complete Technical Design 
Submit Building Regulation Application 
Obtain Competitive Tenders 

Work Stage 5 Construction 

Submit Tender Report 
Collate Health and Safety File 
Appoint Selected Contractor 
Administer the Contract 

Work Stage 6 Handover and Closeout 

Conclude Administration of Building Contract 
Certify Practical Completion 
Comply with Pre-Occupancy Planning Conditions 
“Final Issue” Information and Health and Safety File 
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