CDM Regulations

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) require the appointment of a Principal Designer (PD) by a Client where a project involves more than one contractor and they are responsible for the planning, monitoring and coordination of health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project.

The Principal Designer is also required to prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders under the CDM Regulations. The role of the PD commences pre contract ensuring the works are designed and specified in a safe and methodical approach. The role also continues post contract to assist the Principal Contractor during the construction phase which includes but not limited to reviewing construction phase plans and RAMS. A list of the roles we undertake are;

  • Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase. In doing so they must take account of relevant information (such as an existing health and safety file) that might affect design work carried out both before and after the construction phase has started
  • Help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information, and provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties
  • Work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work and, where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required
  • Liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase

Our selected relevant experience as Principal Designer includes:

Ink Building – Along with our duties as Contract Administrator, we were appointed as Principal Designer and provided valuable guidance to the client to ensure they complied with their duties under the CDM Regulations 2015. We developed the Pre-Construction Information (PCI) and reviewed the principal contractor’s Construction Phase Plan.

Moberly Leisure Centre – Working with our client, we produced a detailed PCI which was included within the tender package providing the Principal Contractors with a detailed review of the challenges they were likely to encounter during works on site. We also undertook regular inspections focusing on the general site health and safety once work was in progress to ensure the client was able to satisfactorily discharge it’s duties under the CDM Regulations.