Designing Buildings Wiki launches
The Designing Buildings Wiki is a collaborative wiki site that aims to provide simple, accessible and free guidance for every stage of the building design and development process.
Representatives from the British construction industry are working together to establish a compendium of knowledge and skills to help create a more efficient industry. Supporters include Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Buro Happold and Development Securities.
The Wiki is a knowledge-bank of information about building design and development founded by various property and construction professionals and headed by leading project manager David Trench. “We have spent a long time talking about the problems with the industry,” he said, “but we can all help improve it just by sharing what we know. There is no need to start every project with a blank piece of paper when the industry has expertise in every aspect of building design and development. Designing Buildings Wiki is not dictating best practice; it is providing the industry with the tools it needs to get through this time of unprecedented change.”
Andrew Morris, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, added: “The site will provide an invaluable way for architects, engineers, and professionals from across the construction industry to work together. This site is the first to address the interdisciplinary nature of the industry and will hopefully contribute to the design and construction of buildings.”
Designing Buildings Wiki launches with more than 350 posts ranging from step-by-step guides for every stage of managing a project, to detailed papers on planning applications, procurement and design. Industry professionals are encouraged to add or update articles on the site as you would on Wikipedia. It is intended for use by clients, practitioners and students in England and Wales, although Welsh building regulations may differ from English building regulations. However, much of its contents are also applicable in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Designing Buildings Wiki was founded by project manager David Trench, CBE, architect Dr Gregor Harvie, RIBA, construction law solicitor Richard Winward and chartered banker and finance director Martin Cantor.real estate
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