An essential stage of any project is to create the Masterplan. This is often described as the PROJECT VISION and will underpin all subsequent stages of building a successful project.

In project management terms masterplanning can mean a written project description and creating a project programme. DCLA use the term MASTERPLAN to describe a topographical plan that shows how all the elements of a site work together and how the project fits its context. The masterplan distils the client brief; project aspirations & physical layout of the proposed site too one easy-to-read drawing. DCLA use hand drawn aerial oblique sketches to show clients how the design could look.