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Principal Designer

A principal designer oversees the pre-construction phase of a multi-team project.  Appointed by the client directly, the role of the principal designer is varied.  Aside from initially assessing the health and safety requirements of the task ahead, they act as the glue that holds the entire team together-working closely with other designers and contractors, they co-ordinate the work required and make sure everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing.

The work of a principal designer must also conform to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, produced by HSE.  The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are the main set of regulations for managing health, safety and welfare of construction projects.  CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.

HLN Engineering has acted as principal designer for a number of large construction projects

Principal Designer Duties Include:


  • Notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the project (if the client instructs us to do so)
  • Plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase of the project
  • Co-ordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase of the project
  • Structural detailing
  • Liaise with the Principal Contractor to help in the planning, management, monitoring and co-ordination of the construction phase

Our In-House Principal Designer Has Experience of a Range of High Profile Projects

Having acted as principal designer on a wide range of high profile projects, the benefits of appointing us include:

  • HLN Engineering is a UKAS accredited organisation and a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Breadth of experience – we have worked on a wide range of different building extention projects
  • A multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, we are just as at home consulting on a single-issue project or as part of a wider team

With offices along the M4 corridor, our consultants are on hand to visit you on site or at home Monday to Friday.

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