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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015)

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the 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.


The CDM Regulations define three main roles for managing the health and safety of a construction project. The client has overall responsibility for the successful execution of the project, and the principal designer and principal contractor lead on different phases of the project.


The principal designer and principal contractor have an important role in co-ordinating health and safety. All three duty holders must have good working relationships from the outset if the project is to be delivered safely and without harm to health.


The principal designer must be appointed in writing by the client. Whilst this role can be given to another designer on the project at any point, there can only be one principal designer at any given time. The principal designer role can be combined with other activities such as project management, architectural services and lead consultant. This will assist with the integration of health and safety in the project.


Both John & Clive are incorporated members of The Association for Project Safety and are qualified to provide the role of Principal Designer.


As Principal Designers HL Design Consultancy Ltd will: -

• assist the client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information

• provide pre-construction information to designers, the principal contractor and contractors

• ensure that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other

• liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of the appointment

• prepare the health and safety file.

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