Principal Designer

Construction Design

& Management

Principal Designer

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 the Principal Designer must be appointed by the client where a project requires more than one contractor to complete the work.

The HSE define a Principal Designer’s primary duties as:

  • Planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordinating the health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project.
  • Identifying, eliminating and controlling foreseeable risks
  • Ensuring designers carry out their duties
  • Preparing and providing relevant information to other duty holders
  • Liaising with the principal contractor

Ibis are fully conversant with the current regulations and happy to assist with the Principal Designer role.

We are able to offer a stand-alone service providing advice and guidance alongside assisting  with the administration of the CDM regulations. Typically our appointments of this nature are with consultants  appointed to the role of Principal Designer that do not have prior experience of administering the regulations.

However, if we are appointed as Project Manager, Contract Administrator or Employer’s Agent for a project then we are happy to take on the role of Principal Designer ourselves.

Our staff and associates are all well-versed in matters of Health and Safety. As a professional surveying company, regulated by the RICS and holding OHSAS 18001 and SMAS SSiP accreditation , we make health and safety a priority for our staff and our Clients. Our people who undertake the Principal Designer role are members of the Association of Project Safety, CHAS accredited and hold appropriate NEBOSH certificates.

We use an external advisor to keep up to date with changes in health and safety law as well as maintaining an up to date working knowledge of the CDM regulations.

The CDM regulations 2015 are in full force. Domestic projects are no longer exempt from the regulations so it is now necessary for commercial and domestic clients to ensure that they fully comply.