There is no requirement under CDM2015 for the Principal Designer to be the Lead Designer (architect or engineer), the project manager or your quantity surveyor.
If the Lead Designer is unable to undertake the role of Principal Designer or they do not have sufficient time and resources to discharge both functions as a Chartered Architect I am able to take on the role of Principal Designer under CDM 2015 to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate health and safety matters during that period.
The appointment should be made as soon as practicable and before construction work begins.
Principal Designer Adviser
Where the selected Principal Designer does not have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to coordinate health and safety matters on a project a CDM Adviser as a sub-consultant to the Principal Designer I undertake appointments to help them discharge the Principal Designer duties.
As Chartered Architect I am able to undertake this role.
Under CDM 2015 there is no obligation on the Principal Designer to advise and assist the Client to help them discharge their duties.
Assistance can be provided to clients as a CDM Advisor to help them discharge their client duties - particularly with regard to:
- ensuring that construction work is carried out, so far as reasonably practicable, without risk to the health and safety of workers;
- ensuring that the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with their duties;
- advising on the suitability or otherwise of the Contractor or Principal Contractor's Construction Phase Plan;
- ensuring that there are suitable welfare facilities on site prior to and during construction,
- and ensuring that health and safety arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project.
- assisting in the compilation of pre-construction information.
Assistance to Principal Contractors is provided for:
- Development of construction health and safety plans.
- Risk assessment and method statements
- Site audits
- Vetting of contractors
- Compilation of Building Manuals.
- Management procedures;
- Fire awareness and fire marshal training on site
- Health and safety awareness training on site.
- Fire risk assessments for construction sites.
- Liaison with the Health & Safety Executive.