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If a client is about to alter or extend a building or structure, thinking of putting up a new one or demolishing an existing one, then the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations place a number of specific duties on them. The extent of these vary with the type of project involved – and for many projects the client will need an adviser to help them deal with them.

As well as the client having duties under the CDM regulations, so do contractors and designers. The Principal Contractor (PC) duty holder is now well established, as it was created in the ‘first generation’ of CDM. However with the 2015 CDM regulations, some changes in the PC role have taken place, as well as the creation of the Principal Designer (PD) duty holder.

The CDM Co-ordinator duty holder no longer exists for projects starting after April 2015 or continuing after October 2015. The PD has taken over many but not all of the duties formerly allocated to the CDM Co-ordinator. It is worth pointing out that this is not the only change and clients, even (potentially) domestic clients, now have more duties than before.

We are able to act as Principal Designer, as well as in the position of CDM Consultant (CDMC), providing advice to Clients, Principal Contractors, Principal Designers, and others. As CDM consultants we can advise and / or support duty holders to ensure that they discharge their responsibilities under these regulations.

When taking on appointments as a CDMC, our main project activities will (depending on type of appoinment) typically consist of:

  • Advise and assist the client with his/her duties.
  • Co-ordinate design work in health and safety terms and co-operate with others.
  • Facilitate good communication between client and contractors.
  • Liaise with Principal Contractor regarding any ongoing design.
  • Identify, collect and pass on pre-construction information.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of the construction phase (health and safety) plan (CPP).
  • Prepare/update the health and safety file.
  • Carry out site inspections for any duty holder to ensure their duties are not compromised.