Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
What is a CDM Designer?
A Designer is defined by the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015 as “a designer who is an organisation or individual (on smaller projects) appointed by the client to take control of the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor.” HSE
CDM and the Principal Designer
The addition of the Principal Designer appointment and associated duties was, by far the most significant change to the CDM Regulations 2015. Designers and specifically Principal Designers are now responsible for many of the duties which used to fall within the role of the CDM Coordinator and before that the Planning Supervisor. The absence of the CDM Coordinator means that the Principal Designer must control the Pre-Construction Phase as well as developing their design.
Supporting CDM Principal Designers
We can provide advice and support to Principal Designers to help them comply with the regulations. Here are some examples of ways in which we can support the CDM Designers;
- Support to advise the Client in relation to the Pre-Construction Information.
- Advise the Principal Designer how take account of the Pre-Construction Information and existing Health and Safety File.
- Facilitate Design Risk Workshops to help the Design Team to coordinate on the project to eliminate foreseeable Health, Safety and Welfare risks and develop risk control strategies for risks which cannot be eliminated.
- Support the Principal Designer to conduct monitoring activities, Pre-Construction Design Audits.
- Support, Coach and Mentor Design Teams in relation to CDM and how to design out risk.
- Advise Principal Designers on how to take on Domestic Client’s duties if requested to do so.
We understand that there is a lot for the Principal Designer to do under CDM 2015. Whether you are an experienced Designer under the CDM Regulations, or if you are moving up into the Principal Designer role, we can work with you to support you at every step on your journey to ensure that you comply with the regulations and deliver a great design at the end of the project.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your duties under CDM 2015.