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Principal Designer

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.

A CDM principal designer reviewing construction site plans

Principal Designer Services:

  • 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

A Trusted CDM Principal Designer

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

  • Assistance in ensuring your project complies with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 as well as all other health and safety legislation
  • A wide range of experience in the commercial, industrial and heavy engineering sectors.  As a result, we will ensure that health and safety is at the forefront of your project.
  • A multi-disciplinary consultancy, we can quickly and confidently integrate ourselves into the project team providing competent health and safety advice throughout the works

With offices across the UK, our consultants are available to ensure that your project is undertaken in a compliant, professional and above all safe manner.

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