Can The Architect Be The Principal Designer?

What is a principal designer in construction?

A principal designer is 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.

plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase..

What are the duties of a principal designer?

Principal Designer ResponsibilitiesAdvising the client.Assisting with client duties.Design health and safety decisions.Construction health and safety decisions.Managing designers and ensuring they comply.Cooperating with the principal contractor.Providing health and safety information.

Can the principal contractor appoint the principal designer?

As long as the principal contractor has the skills, knowledge, experience and capability to carry out the role of the principal designer, and is acting as a designer in some capacity, then they could be your best choice as the designer in overall control of the pre-construction phase of the project.

Does CDM apply if only one contractor?

One of the key duties of the principal contractor is to manage coordination and cooperation between contractors, and ensure they comply with their duties under CDM. As there is only one contractor involved in the project, the management of other contractors is not required.

What are the current CDM regulations?

The Construction (Design & 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.

Does a principal designer need to be a designer?

A principal designer must be a designer as defined, and must be able to demonstrate they have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience (SKE), and where they are an organisation, the organisational capability, to carry out the work they are being appointed for.

How do you appoint a principal designer?

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.

Who is responsible for CDM?

The CDM Regulations place responsibility for managing the health and safety of a construction project on three main duty holders. The client has overall responsibility for the successful management of the project and is supported by the principal designer and principal contractor in different phases of the project.

What are the 5 main parts of CDM?

The guidance content is as follows:Introduction.Part 1 – Commencement, interpretation and application.Part 2 – Client duties.Part 3 – Health & Safety Duties and Roles.Part 4 – General requirements for all construction sites.Part 5 – General.Schedule 1 Particulars to be notified under regulation 6.More items…

When should you appoint a principal designer?

The PD must be appointed by the client as soon as it is established that more than one contractor is or is likely to be working on the project to plan, manage, monitor and control the design stages.

Who is a CDM?

Introduction. The CDM co-ordinator is only required to be appointed on notifiable projects. Their primary roles and duties are to provide the client with a key project advisor in respect of construction health and safety risk management matters and to ensure compliance of the design and the designers with CDM2007.

What is notifiable under CDM?

A construction project is notifiable if: It’s scheduled to last longer than 30 working days AND has more than 20 workers working simultaneously; OR. The project exceeds 500 person days.