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Design management plan

A design management plan can be used to co-ordinate design activities. It should at least cover:

  1. Compliance with brief.
  2. Cost acceptance.
  3. Value engineering analysis.
  4. Health and safety issues.
  5. Completeness for tender.

The project manager, may use the agreed design management plan as a basis for monitoring and controlling the design process. However, integration of the work of consultant and specialists lies

with the lead designer. For certain elements of the project different leads may be nominated, however these roles will always come under the direction of the lead designer for co-ordination.

The text in this article is based on an extract from PROJECT MANAGEMENT, by Eric Stokes and Saleem Akram. The original manual was published in 2008. It was developed within the scope of the LdV program, project number: 2009-1-PL1-LEO05-05016 entitled “Common Learning Outcomes for European Managers in Construction”. It is reproduced here in a slightly modified form with the kind permission of the Chartered Institute of Building.


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