2nd Edition

Small Projects Handbook

By Nigel Ostime Copyright 2021
    296 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

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    This hands-on, no-nonsense guide to running smaller projects – most under £250,000 in value – will become your 'bible' in day-to-day practice. Smaller practices often find it hard to turn a profit as they spend too much time and money, especially on the design stages, trying to compete and are unsure as to what they can safely dispense with whilst still being rigorous and delivering quality. This book provides reassurance as to how to achieve great results on a budget, utilising stripped-back and efficient solutions, while following the principles and stages of the RIBA Plan of Work. 

    Each chapter provides: 

    • simple step-by-step guidance to the key tasks in that stage of the Plan of Work including inputs, outputs, stage activities and sustainability checkpoints 
    • in-text features which break down complex tasks and highlight best practice with pragmatic, real world advice including 'tips', 'warnings' and guidance on forms and templates 
    • inspiring case studies of small projects that document the architect's experience of the process 
    • guidance at each Plan of Work stage on the relevant practice issues that will help you to run your small project more effectively. 

    Designed as a project handbook for smaller and medium sized architectural practices, it is also invaluable for Part 3 students getting to grips with how projects are run within the RIBA Plan of Work framework. Everybody in the project team – including clients, contractors and consultants – will find this a handy guide to the project process, full of useful insights and solutions.

    Facsimile of POW 2020  1. Strategic Definition/ Preparation & Briefing 2. Concept Design/ Spatial Coordination  3. Technical Design  4. Manufacturing & Construction/Handover/Use


    Nigel Ostime is the Product Delivery Director at Hawkins\Brown. He has over 25 years’ experience as an architect, leading practices and project teams and designing buildings in a wide range of sectors, working with clients and managing client accounts and is the chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group.