Principal Designer/CDMC Services

Health and Safety and our Role as Principal Designer

The principal designer has responsibility for co-ordination of health and safety during the project’s pre-construction phase. One of the key changes introduced by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) is replacement of the role of CDM co-ordinator with a principal designer.

The reason for the change is to give responsibility for design phase health and safety to an individual who has the ability to influence the design. We are pleased to offer this service in addition to our other architectural duties.

As your principal designer, we will offer specialist CDM advice to:

  • Assist you in understanding your duties (which have been increased) under the
  • Regulations and in the preparation of the pre-construction information pack
  • Identify, eliminate or control, or so far as reasonably practicable, foreseeable risks to health and safety of those constructing, maintaining or demolishing a structure
  • Ensure the cooperation and collaboration of everyone working on the project
  • Ensure that all designers, contractors and supply chain comply with their duties (Design Risk Management)
  • Compile and review the Health and Safety file as your project progresses. Upon completion we will pass the Health and Safety file to you, the client, to retain
  • Provide prompt pre-construction information to everyone designing and constructing a structure
  • Liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of the project

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