Last edited 07 Oct 2019

Construction process

The term ‘construction process’ (sometimes called the ‘construction stage’) is usually defined as the physical processes of building, landscaping or refurbishing plus all the associated administration activities. The process may start with demolition and end with handing over a completed project to a client. It therefore does not include pre-construction activities such as preparation of the brief, forming a design team or concept design.

The following processes can form part of the construction process:

In terms of the work stages of the RIBA Plan of Work, the construction process can be said to start at stage 5 and finish at the end of stage 6, as shown below.

Sometimes, the majority of the activities associated with a building project are frequently termed the’ design and construction process’. This does not include activities such as tendering but usually encompasses activities from Stage 2 to 6; some may also include brief prepararation as part of the design process.

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