The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 are about focusing attention on effective planning and management of construction projects, from design concept onwards. Their aim is for health and safety considerations to be treated as a normal part of a project’s development, not an after-thought. The purpose of the CDM Regulations is to reduce the risk of harm to those that have to build, use, maintain and eventually demolish structures.
The Principal Designer’s role is to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase, to co-ordinate health and safety. The pre-construction phase is defined as any period during which design or preparatory work is carried out for a project, which may continue during construction. The Principal Designer must:
- Assist the client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information
- Provide pre-construction information to designers, the principal contractor and contractors
- Ensure that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other
- Liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of the appointment
- Prepare the health and safety file.
The Principal Designer’s duties apply regardless of the contractual arrangements for the appointment of other designers and whether or not the project is notifiable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If the Principal Designer appoints other designers, the principal designer is responsible for ensuring that they have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to deliver their work.
Architecture and More are able to offer Principal Designer or CDM Consultancy services. We have been undertaking CDM work for over 15 years for national and international blue-chip companies, regional and local companies as well as private developers.
I trust the above is self-explanatory and look forward to seeing the changes being made. Should you have any questions please give me a call.