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Small Projects Handbook

Nigel Ostime

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 344

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Dec 2014

  • Stock Code: 82649

  • ISBN: 9781859465493

  • Binding: Paperback

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This hands-on, no-nonsense guide to running smaller projects up to £1m in value will become your ‘bible’ in day-to-day practice. Smaller practices often find it hard to turn a profit as they spend too much time and money, especially on the design stages, trying to compete and are unsure as to what they can safely dispense with whilst still being rigorous and delivering quality.

The author provides reassurance as to how to achieve great results on a budget, utilising stripped-back and efficient solutions, while following the principles and stages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

Each chapter provides:

  • simple step-by-step guidance to the key tasks in that stage of the Plan of Work including inputs, outputs, stage activities and sustainability checkpoints;
  • in-text features which break down complex tasks and highlight best practice with pragmatic, real world advice including ‘tips’, ‘warnings’ and guidance on forms and templates;
  • inspiring case studies of award-winning and iconic small projects that document the architect’s experience of the process;
  • guidance at each Plan of Work stage on the relevant practice issues that will help you to run your small project more effectively.

This book is designed as a project handbook for smaller and medium sized architectural practices but will also be invaluable for Part 3 students getting to grips with how projects are run within the framework of the Plan of Work 2013. However, everybody in the project team – including clients, contractors and consultants – will find this a handy guide to the project process, full of useful insights and solutions.

Free Downloads: Checklists and Figures

A comprehensive set of editable template documents to help you run projects to a consistently high standard are available to download. The Small Projects Handbook checklists and figures are available here.

Available as an eBook from our eBookshop. 

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About the Author

Nigel Ostime

Nigel Ostime is an architect and Project Delivery Director at Hawkins\Brown Architects. He has wide experience of design and delivery in a range of sectors including residential, retail, offices, town-centre mixed-use and industrial/distribution buildings, as well as aviation and infrastructure. Nigel is an active member of the RIBA, being a member of the Practice and Profession Committee and chair of the Client Liaison Group, which provides an interface between the Institute and client bodies. He also set up the RIBA Future Leaders initiative, an education programme for business-focused, post-Part 3 skills for architects. In addition to writing the Small Projects Handbook he has edited the last two editions of both the RIBA Job Book (2008 and 2013) and the Handbook of Practice Management (2010 and 2013).

Customer Reviews

Soraya Khan, Theis and Khan Architects

Date Reviewed: February 2015

Nigel Ostime has written a gem of a handbook for architects undertaking small projects. Its an invaluable guide, beautifully illustrated with well-considered advice. A book to keep close at hand.

Robert Dabell, spirit architects

Date Reviewed: February 2015

An invaluable and comprehensive reference book for all architects at any stage in their career. The sort of book that should be kept within arms-reach as you will almost certainly find it useful on a daily basis. The inclusion of case-studies in the form of colour photographs of buildings and details and brief project descriptions is particularly welcome.

Morris Richards

Date Reviewed: January 2015

Sadly I am returning this book. Whilst the content may or may not be valuable it is extremely difficult to read the small grey print. If you struggle to read text it defeats the object of taking in the information. Such a disappointment. If it is re-printed in a different sensible format it may be worth a look. I would avoid it until this happens. RIBA editors, publications please note.

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