brief & intiial ideas

Stage 1 is about developing the detail of the brief and making sure that everything needed for the design process is in place before Stage 2. This includes ensuring that the brief can be accommodated on the site

Design process

Stage 2 is about getting the design concept right and making sure that the look and feel of the building is proceeding in line with the client’s vison, brief and budget. The key challenge of this stage is to make sure that the tasks that are undertaken are geared to meeting the stage objectives. Going into too much detail too early can pivot the design team’s effort away from setting the best strategy for the project; but if there is too little detail, Stage 3 becomes inefficient.

Planning permission

The purpose of Stage 3 is to spatially coordinate the design before the focus turns to preparing the detailed information required for manufacturing and constructing the building. The information at the end of this stage needs to be coordinated sufficiently to avoid all but the most minor of iterations at Stage 4 and to make sure that the planning application is based on the best possible information.

technical design

Stage 4 is about developing the information required to manufacture and construct the building. This requires information from the design team and the specialist subcontractors employed by the contractor, regardless of which procurement route is used


Stage 5 is when the building is manufactured and constructed.

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