Last edited 25 Oct 2016

Designers for buildings and other built assets

In the first instance, designers are likely to be members of the consultant team appointed by the client. Typically, this will include:

However, the increasing complexity of building design means that there is an ever greater need for further specialist design input such as:

This means that as the design progresses, it may be necessary to appoint additional designers. Specialist designers input can be obtained from:

  1. Acoustic consultant.
  2. Ecologist.
  3. Environmental consultant.
  4. Facilities management consultant.
  5. Fire engineering consultant.
  6. Health and safety consultant.
  7. Inclusive Design (Access) consultant
  8. Interior designer.
  9. Information and communications technology consultant.
  10. Landscape consultant.
  11. Lighting designer.
  12. Masterplanner.
  13. Public health consultant.
  14. Security consultant.
  15. Transport / traffic engineer.

For designers to work effectively as a team they should adopt collaborative practices as early in the project as possible. The requirement to adopt such practices should be included in appointment documents. The client may wish to allocate the roles of lead designer and lead consultant to co-ordinate the work of the rest of the team. It might also be appropriate to appoint a design co-ordinator (for the co-ordination and integration of design prepared by specialist contractors) and a computer aided design (CAD) and / or building information modelling (BIM) co-ordinator and BIM information manager. Contractors may appoint their own design managers to co-ordinate their own design and that of sub-contractors.

For detailed descriptions of the sequence of activities necessary to appoint designers, see the free work plan stages:

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