Planning and delivering a new archive building or store or refurbishing an existing building can be a significant challenge. The National Archives facilitates a networking group, called MAPLE that enables organisations to share information about planning and managing such projects. We have also produced some basic guidance:
Services have also found the following sources useful:
A simple guide to commissioning an architect is one of many resources on the Royal Institute of British Architects website. This guide includes the RIBA Outline Plan of Work, which organises the process of managing, designing building projects and administering building contracts into a number of convenient work stages, A-L.
Championing archives and libraries within local planning
The National Archives and Arts Council England have collaborated to publish guidance on public libraries and archives advocating within local authority planning. The guide is designed to improve understanding of the national planning context and local planning processes so that archive and library professionals will be able to champion their organisations in future neighbourhood planning activities.
Importantly, in a period of limited funding, the guidance also outlines the latest developer contribution schemes, such as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106.
Relevant Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment case studies
Ruskin Library, University of Lancaster