The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) looked to build on the successes of the previous version by introducing a new Duty Holder called the Principal Designer. This position replaced the former role of the CDM Coordinator, giving the Principal Designer responsibility for the co-ordination of health and safety during the pre-construction phase.
The Principal Designer is the organisation appointed by the Client for a project to control and manage the pre-construction or design phase of a construction project. The pre-construction phase is defined in the CDM Regulations as ‘any period of time during which design or preparatory work is carried out for a project and may continue during the construction phase’.
Principal Designers perform an important role within a construction project team, as they are able to influence and control how risks to Health and Safety are managed and monitored during a project. Design decisions made during the early phases of a project can impact on the delivery of a project by ensuring high standards of health, safety and welfare are maintained, as well as assisting in reducing delays and lowering overall costs of the project.
For further information relating to the role of the Principal Designer please contact Safe Track Associates Limited on 0117 908 3860.
A Principal Designer is required when a project is reasonably foreseen to involve more than one Contractor.
It is important to note that the appointment of the Principal Designer by the Client must be done in writing and cannot be presumed. If the Client fails to make the appointment, they themselves will be considered Principal Designer for the purposes of the Regulations.
All Designers involved on a project have a duty to ensure the Client is aware of their duties under the Regulations and as such must advise the Client that a Principal Designer needs to be formally appointed.
Safe Track Associates Limited can undertake the role of Principal Designer as an organisation, or on behalf of a Designer as CDM Advisor. Please call us to find out how we can support your project on 0117 908 3860.