It is a legal requirement under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (known as CDM 2015) to appoint a principal designer to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase of a project where there is more than one contractor appointed.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM 2015 applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.
Usually, the principal designer is appointed by the client directly. The CDM principal designer will co-ordinate all matters relating to health and safety, ensuring that designers take health and safety into consideration in all aspects of their design.
The CDM principal designer must liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of the principal designer’s appointment, and share with the principal contractor information relevant to the planning, management and monitoring of the construction phase and coordinate health and safety matters during the construction phase.
In addition to the standard scope of duties to be undertaken when appointed as a CDM principal designer, HLN Engineering Ltd offer a range of additional services to help ensure your project is carried out in a safe manner:
- Review of potential principal contractors competencies with regards to health and safety
- Review of principal contractors Construction Phase Plan prior to work starting on site, providing the reassurance that all aspects of health and safety during construction have been considered
- Construction site safety audits – carried out during the construction phase to give you peace of mind that your contractors are working safely and as detailed in the Construction Phase Plan.