- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 15 Mar 2018
Concept structural design of buildings
To help develop this article, click 'Edit this article'.
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.
- Preferred foundation design.
- Frame system.
- Structural grid with column sizes.
- Primary and secondary beam sizes and spans.
- Schedules of floor loadings catering for dead and live loads.
- Special loads.
- Horizontal and vertical expansion joints.
- Major openings in floors and structural walls.
- Wind bracing elements.
- Typical edge details.
- Fire protection to the structure.
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.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Adaptive structures.
- Bending moment.
- Braced frame.
- Civil engineer.
- Concept design.
- Concept design report.
- Concept services design.
- Concept architectural design.
- Concrete v steel.
- Design life.
- Detailed structural design.
- Hyperbolic paraboloid.
- Limit state design.
- Structural engineer.
- Structural principles.
- Structural systems for offices.
- Structural vibration.
- Structure definition.
- Structures at the end of their design life.
- Types of structural load.
Featured articles and news
Case study in the use of soft landings at the University of the West of England.
Richard Rogers wins is the AIA’s highest annual honour.
A quick introduction to a healthier and more sustainable form of construction.
The structural feasibility of modular high-rise buildings.
BRE conference on ways of providing and maintaining quality indoor environments.
CDBB publish foundational definitions and values to guide the development of the National Digital Twin.
Despite the reduction in staffing, most users remain satisfied with the service.
We run through the top 37 styles in history - but how many would you recognise?
Improving approaches to risk in the built environment sector.
Megatrends: Smart Building Technology.