The most immediate changes are presentation; The graphics, format and layout have been thoroughly reviewed. All new versions include a single document consisting of four main parts: contract details, agreement, contractual terms and service schedule, with no separate surcharges. A contract checklist has been added, and the instructions are now simply referenced at the front of the document. This makes all RIBA PSCs more modern, more attractive and easier to use than their predecessors. The introduction of innovation provisions is one of the key changes to the RIBA PSC standard. These relate to situations in which an architect switches from the original client to a new client. This normally applies to a contractor in a design and construction context, but can also apply if it is transferred to another client as a new developer. The clauses would be relevant whether the innovation was anticipated at the time of the appointment or emerged later. There is no obligation to accept innovation, but if the treaty moves forward, the treaty defines the terms of the innovation agreement. These accurately reflect the terms of the Construction Council (CIC) agreement referred to by the RIBA PSC (it also refers to CIC comparison guarantees).

For the first time, architects have a fully coordinated suite of appointment clauses, innovation agreements and guarantees to deal with this situation. The development of the new suite was led by a riba working group, composed of architects, architects and construction rights defenders, and was designed under his direction by an independent consultant. RibA-PSK was the subject of several consultations with industry representatives, construction rights advocates and other construction institutions. They were, of course, checked by RIBA lawyers. Among the advisory team members who should be required for most projects are an architect, a cost consultant, a service engineer and a statistician. However, there is a wide range of other consultants that may be needed for some projects (for more information, consult the consulting team). More importantly, for the benefit of the architect, the introduction of a new “regulatory clause” which states that “nothing it contains as an agreement or elsewhere can be interpreted in such a way as to impose a greater obligation on the architect… In practice, higher or stricter standards are sometimes set in other documents, such as the . B of a project contract, and this should help to prevent the architect from being subjected to this higher standard (unlike the results obtained in cases such as Costain v Charles Haswell – Partners (2009) where engineers were strictly held responsible for their construction.) The new 2020 edition of the RIBA Subconsultant Professional Services Contract has been fully updated to align with the revised riba worktop and has the same back-to-back conditions and constraints as the standard RIBA Professional Services Contracts. Therefore, if an architect or advisor wishes or may be asked to appoint a sub-advisor to provide part of the architect/advisor`s services, the Head Agreement is a standard RIBA Professional Services contract. If the main agreement is not a standard contract for RIBA`s professional services, the agreement of the architect/adviser for the sub-advisor is a capped responsibility.