Andrew Knightly Brown

Architectural Specification Writer

Small projects

My normal service, preparing full project-specific NBS-format contract specifications, is rarely economic for projects under 1m unless the overall architectural fee for the project is particularly generous.

There will also be larger projects where, for whatever reason, a generalised workmanship-only specification may be more appropriate than a full project-specific materials-and-workmanship specification.

For these situations I offer a pre-written, non-project-specific, Basic Specification, appropriate where the systems, products, components, and materials are fully described on the drawings and the specification is intended to cover general requirements and workmanship only.

The Basic Specification is offered in two versions:

  • Minor Works Version
  • Standard Version

Basic Specification - Minor Works Version

The Minor Works Version is intended primarily for straightforward residential projects under 1m construction cost. The content is based on the NBS Minor Works version with additional work sections from the NBS Standard version where appropriate.

Basic Specification - Minor Works Version examplepdf

The Minor Works Version costs 250 (no VAT is payable) and includes the following changes from the example linked above:

  • The header is edited to show your company name, and the project title and/or reference number.
  • The appropriate Work Sections are included.
  • The "Not for contract use" watermark is removed.
  • You can now print the PDF file, but it cannot be modified.

Buy the Basic Specification - Minor Works Version

Basic Specification - Standard Version

The Standard Version is intended for any type of project, up to 5m construction cost, where a workmanship-only specification is appropriate. The content is based on the NBS Standard version with additional work sections from the NBS Intermediate version where appropriate. The number of pages in a Standard Version specification will be between two and three times the number of pages in the equivalent Minor Works Version.

Basic Specification - Standard Version examplepdf

The Standard Version costs from 500 (no VAT is payable) depending on the level of customisation required, and includes the following changes from the example linked above:

  • The header is edited to show your company name, and the project title and/or reference number.
  • The appropriate Work Sections are included, and the workmanship clauses are edited as required for your project.
  • The "Not for contract use" watermark is removed.
  • You can now print the PDF file, but it cannot be modified.

Buy the Basic Specification - Standard Version

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