Last edited 07 Jun 2021

Concept design report

One of the outputs of the concept design stage is to produce a report which records the design concepts for major aspects of the project that might be worth developing as detailed designs. The report also identifies instructions required from the client.

The concept design report might include:

  1. Site context and strategy.
  2. Design and access statement.
  3. Site layout, including car parking, hard surfaces, water features, art etc.
  4. Landscape strategy.
  5. Layout of accommodation, including analysis of adjacencies between functions.
  6. Sections.
  7. Elevations.
  8. 3D visualisations and/or physical models.
  9. Fire strategy.
  10. Services strategy including emissions targets.
  11. Information and communications technology (ICT) strategy.
  12. Maintenance strategy.
  1. Quality standards.
  2. Materials.
  3. Definition of key construction elements, standardisation and non standard elements.
  4. Prefabrication and mass production opportunities.
  5. Long-lead items.
  6. Proposals for major engineered systems such as: cladding, mechanical and electrical equipment, lifts, and structural frames.
  7. Potential requirement for specialist design.
  8. Outline proposals for structural systems and where appropriate method of demolition.
  9. Outline proposals for building services systems.

The concept design report should only include required, or key co-ordinated information and necessary interpretation and should not duplicate information that already exists elsewhere.

Where building information modelling (BIM) is being used, publication of the concept design report may be part of a 'data drop' or 'information exchange' intended to ensure the project is properly validated and controlled as it develops. This may include:

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