the initial project brief



The initial brief is essential for the successful preparation of the construction-essential final project brief. It sets out general requirements, outlines your vision of the project and communicates your aims and aspirations.


It is also important that it outlines your health and safety expectations to comply with CDM 2015.

The initial project brief includes the following:



- the client's objectives, requirements and established priorities and criteria

- quality standards

- the client's environmental policy

- life expectancy of building and components

- user client's consideration

- access requirements, including disabled access

- security requirements

- health and safety policy

- budgets for security, energy and maintenance 

- detailed functional requirements of the client

- site history, topography and geology

- preferred spatial relationships and orientation

- studies previously comissioned

- plans for future expansion

- exact location of boundaries

- other parties known to have expressed an interest, e.g. English Heritage, etc.


planning and building considerations 


- known constraints arising from previous consents or conditions

- likelihood of planning gain or section 106 agreement

- impact of local development plan

- leasehold/freehold interests and party wall, rights of light, access or other known easements




- services below ground and known restrictions on development

- likely parking requirements

- likelihood of archaelogical or antiquarian discoveries

- known road widening or development plans

- known problems with the site (geological conditions, contaminated land etc)

- known problems with the building




- funding or institutional requirements or restrictions

- approximate cost per square meter if speculative development

- grants, subsidies or information relating to tax advantages



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