Last edited 04 Sep 2020

Concept structural design of buildings

Concept design is the first design stage. Feasibility studies and options appraisals that the consultant team or independent client advisers may have previously carried out do not involve 'design' as such. They are preliminary studies whose purpose is to establish whether the project is viable, to assist in the development of the project brief and to aid the identification of feasible options.

The preferred option is then be developed into a concept design which is a response to the project brief. The project brief will continue to develop as the concept design is prepared, but is then frozen at the end of the concept design stage and change control procedures are introduced.

Concept design proposals from the structural engineer might include:

Concept design is followed by 'detailed structural design' (sometimes called 'design development' or 'developed design') during which the design develops to describe all the main components of the building and how they fit together.

See also descriptions of the tasks performed during the concept design stage in the project plans available from the Designing Buildings Wiki home page.

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