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Temporary Works Design Briefs Webinar

An overview webinar about the creation of a  Temporary Works Design Brief

This session aimed to guide professionals on what should and shouldn’t be included in a design brief.

Key Takeaways:

1. What Belongs in a TW Design Brief?

  • Site Constraints: Knowing the physical and environmental limitations of the site.
  • Materials and Components: Detailing any specific materials or temporary works components on hand.
  • Proprietary Preferences: Any requirements or tools you’d like the designer to use.
  • Concept Designs: Sharing initial design ideas or approaches.
  • Unusual Hazards: Highlighting any potential risks, be it frequent flooding, peculiar construction materials, or other anomalies.
  • Timescales: Providing clear deadlines for project phases.
  • Clear Descriptions: Ensuring the designer fully understands the scope, using sketches if necessary.
  • Project Attachments: Sharing relevant documents that can provide context or additional information.
  • Soil Information: Any geotechnical data that can influence design decisions.
  • Plant Loadings: Sharing relevant equipment or machinery weight and specifications if applicable.

2. What Doesn’t Belong in a TW Design Brief?

  • Overloading with Documents: Sharing every single document can be overwhelming and counterproductive. Only the relevant documents should be provided.
  • Vague Deadlines: Using terms like “ASAP” isn’t helpful. Always provide specific dates.

3. The Importance of Procedural Control in TW Design Briefs:

  • Adhering to Standards: The necessity of a design brief is not just a best practice but is outlined in BS5975.
  • Formality vs. Informality: While the brief doesn’t need to be an overly formal document, having a structured format can serve as an excellent guide. This ensures all essential details are covered, allowing the design process to progress smoothly and efficiently.