Designed with designers in mind

You’re maybe a freelance “plans drawn” type designer, an architectural technician or maybe you run a small(ish) residential design practice focusing on new builds, extensions and conversions, which is growing and you are looking for an alternative CAD solution to help you deliver a high quality service.

Possibly you are already using Revit, SolidWorks or AutoCAD and you are looking for something lighter weight? We’re told time and again that BuildingWorks is so much easier to learn (especially if you aren’t using the above tools on a day to day basis). And if residential development design is your business then you need efficient tools to draft plans for a house, not to design a rocket!

How will it help you?

Firstly BuildingWorks is vastly more efficient for residential design with all the inbuilt construction drawing tools and detailing than the “heavy weight” alternatives. It makes drafting domestic project plans infinitely quicker to do, increasing your productivity. Plus there’s no massive training requirement, nor hefty cost of implementation.

Secondly, BuildingWorks is more than CAD. BuildingWorks will help you leverage your design services to make them more profitable whether your clients are homeowners or building firms (or both!) by enabling you to offer additional, value added, inception to completion services such as;

Efficiencies through REAL integration

Some call it BIM (Building Information Modelling or Management). We simply call it Joined Up Thinking. BuildingWorks offers deep integration of every stage of the project. Here’s how it links up.

Likewise, you can draft your plans (with automatic elevations and 3D models) in BuildingWorks – Design module, and all the while it is building up the specification and detailed costings in BuildingWorks – Estimate module (no import/export, meaning no loss of data integrity).

At the same time it’s filling in what’s required in BuildingWorks – Energy Performance module to build up your indicative SAP assessment. Rather clever because it allows the optimization of the project’s energy efficiency. Whilst also reducing energy consumption through sustainable decisions, whilst considering cost in parallel.

And all the while documents like health and safety risk and COSHH assessments are being selected in the background as the profile of the job is built up. Also, every wall and roof you draw informs BuildingWorks – Health & Safety of what’s being built and its specification. Nifty.

Same with the population of Building Contracts and Schedules of Works informed by the estimate in BuildingWorks – Building Contracts and BuildingWorks – Project Management modules respectively.

So, whether you are part of a connected multidisciplinary construction team or just one supercharged person doing everything, BuildingWorks enables data to be easily shared, saving time, avoiding mistakes, making you more profitable.

In addition, BuildingWorks is a truly integrating building information management system. True BIM. Practical BIM. All that said, you can choose which modules will benefit your business and subscribe just to those. We’re flexible!

You can check the modules that interests you for specific features by checking out the Prices page and features tables.


BuildingWorks – Design is the perfect CAD solution for developments. Easily produce sketch schemes, building plans, elevations, 3D models and Photo-realistic 3D visuals for clients. It does the lot. Drawings are suitable for planning applications and building control.


BuildingWorks – Estimate prices up the project directly (and instantly!) from the drawing using our pre-populated
residential building rates library. Is your client is tendering to win a project?  You can charge them for NRM (SMM7 style/Bill of Quantities) tender documents. As well as, you can produce “customer friendly” detailed cost breakdowns for homeowners instantly.

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More and more clients are demanding homes that will reduce their energy consumption and lower their carbon emissions. Combine BuildingWorks Estimate & BuildingWorks – Energy Performance modules and discover the best mix of technologies and materials to simply meet FSAP, or improve a projects eco-footprint – with the most cost effective specification.

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Health and safety compliance has to be any builder or developers priority. From the drawing and specification BuildingWorks – Health & Safety will instantly produce a whole host of CDM 2015 compliant documents including project specific Pre-Construction Information, Construction Phase Plans and handover Health & Safety Files…Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments and Method Statements – it’s all there for CDM 2015 compliance.

construction-software-for-designers-project-managementProject Management

Moreover, BuildingWorks – Project Management offers straightforward project management tools to produce Gantt charts straight off the back of the estimate (which has been derived from the scheme you designed in BuildingWorks – Design). So, if you want to offer your clients a high quality, full project management service, BuildingWorks will help you project manage the job, and keep your client informed.

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Furthermore, it’s surprising how many businesses don’t put building contracts in place with their customers and subcontractors. Help your clients by encouraging the use of professional contracts which you can produce really quickly off the back of the estimate with the BuildingWorks – Building Contracts module.

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BuildingWorks is the sensible solution on both price, ease of use and time to implement.