The Design Brief

An outline is provided here on what should be included in a design brief which will be further developed in detail with input from the professional team as the project is detailed.

Building / Landscape Design Brief
The brief where possible should describe or provide issues to be addressed on the following:

Background to the Project

The Site/Building
Location
Plans
Background Information Available (Surveys etc)

The Client

Who they are
Their vision, mission, and objectives as an organisation

Aims of project

What the client wants from the Building/Land

Detailed Requirements (where possible/appropriate and potentially room by room)

  • Proposed Uses/Users and kinds of activities to be accommodated - no of homes, workspace types etc plus ancillary space e.g. storage, kitchens, tea points, meeting rooms
  • Accessibility Requirements - who needs to be able to access the building
  • Environment and Services Requirements
  • Energy efficiency - insulation, sensor controlled automatic lights when occupied/in use for example
  • Energy Generation
  • Water / Water harvesting
  • Lighting/Natural light
  • Ventilation - natural or mechanical
  • Acoustics - for example activities may require more or less noise insulation
  • IT / Electricity supply requirements - for example some workspace users may need particular kinds of supplies
  • Waste and Recycling - facilities specified and located for ease of use by building users and managers
  • Safety and Security - alarms, controlled access (intercoms/swipe systems) shuttering (internal/ external)
  • Fixtures and Fittings - equipment, signage etc
  • Sanitary Provision - WC's, Washing/shower facilities
  • Cleaning/maintenance equipment storage
  • External areas
  • Storage
  • Access - parking and loading
  • Cycle racks / security
  • Specific facilities - play areas, seating etc

Proposed Programme and Budget

(where possible/appropriate)

Other Attributes

Feel
Atmosphere
Comfort

 

Related Resources

Building/Landscape Design Brief

An outline of what should be included in a design brief.

Microsoft Office document icon Building/Landscape Design Brief