The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, are designed to improve the health and safety record of the construction industry through placing duties on all participants in the construction process to ensure that health and safety is managed and co-ordinated from inception to completion. The Regulations apply to almost all construction projects including residential properties.
Where more than one contractor will be working on a construction project then the Client must appoint a Principal Designer to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety matters during the pre-construction stage. The role normally continues during construction and the Principal Designer will prepare the Health & Safety File for the project.
This appointment needs to be made as early as possible during the design process, and before detailed design commences. If no Principal Designer is appointed then the Client will assume the role and be required to fulfill the duties.
We have delivered CDM services since 1997 to public sector clients with whom we have longstanding working relationships and in the last 5 years we have successfully delivered CDM related services on projects covering over 200 individual properties, the majority of which involved work in occupied buildings
With over 19 years involvement in the delivery of CDM related services, which have always been provided by professionals who are also designers, we have the skills and experience to undertake the role of Principal Designer. This was recognised in August 2015 when we achieved CHAS accreditation as both Principal Designers and Designers.
We are also able to assist Clients by acting as CDM Advisor and are already delivering both Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services for many of our key clients.