Last edited 04 Jun 2021

Installation drawings

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Installation drawings are developed from co-ordinated detail drawings and present the information needed by trades to install part of the works. This may be particularly important for complex installations such as plant rooms, data centres, ventilation systems, underfloor heating, and so on.

They may be prepared by the consultant team, or may be prepared by contractors, sub-contractors or suppliers and submitted for approval.

They may comprise plans, sections and elevations, but increasingly building information modelling (BIM) is being used to create detailed 3 dimensional representations of buildings and their components which may include installation information.

Installation drawings may include information about:

It is important that the information presented is carefully co-ordinated so that clashes are avoided.

Installation drawings may include specification information, or this may be provided in a separate specification, but information should not be duplicated as this can become contradictory and may cause confusion.


Design Framework for Building Services 5th Edition (BG 6/2018), written by David Churcher, John Sands & Martin Ronceray, and published by BSRIA in June 2018 suggests that installation drawings are:

Drawings based on the Technical Design drawings or coordinated working drawings with the primary purpose of defining that information needed by the tradesmen on site to install the works.

The main features of installation drawings should be as per coordinated working drawings, plus:

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