Principal Designer

What is a Principal Designer?

As from midnight on 5th October, the CDM2015 transition period expired and with that the legal duties of CDM Coordinator. Consequently, the full Regulations are now enacted under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Principal Designer duties apply to all projects where there is more than one contractor.

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The Principal Designer must plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health or safety.

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 the Principal Designer (PD) must be a Designer, but not necessarily the lead designer, architect or Project Manager because the PD role is focused upon health and safety, not aesthetics, programme or budget. Clarification from the HSE states that the PD need not carry out design on the project [because their CDM duties are confined to health and safety management].

The PD duty holder must possess the skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability (SKATE)  related to health and safety in construction which the Regulations demand.

Keelagher Okey Klein Principal Designers

Keelagher Okey Klein meet the definition of Designer within the terms of the Regulations and also possess the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability which are required by the new Regulations to provide our Clients with comprehensive and effective Principal Designer services.

At Keelagher Okey Klein we have over 24 years experience complying with the CDM Regulations and providing CDM services to major clients across the UK on projects up to £530million. Our Health and Safety Professionals are highly qualified and are all Certified Members of the Association for Project Safety and have passed the APS CDM2015 examination (CMaPS) or are Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH). In addition to their qualifications, our multi-disciplinary team includes staff from architectural and Landscaping services, civil engineering, structural and building surveying backgrounds meaning that our in-house skills are broad, our knowledge of health and safety in design is exceptional and our organisational capability is extraordinary.

We are a Chartered Practice of the Association for Project Safety for both Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services, having passed their assessment with zero minors further illustrating the outstanding capability of our Practice.

Keelagher Okey Klein were also amongst the first construction consultancy practices in the UK to officially include Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services into our Quality Assurance accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001 and to have these new services reflected in our Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.

Current Principal Designer (PD) Appointments

Since the enactment of the new Regulations, Keelagher Okey Klein have been appointed as Principal Designer (PD) on a number of major projects the first of which was the demolition of the Bridge over Oxford Road between the Manchester Business School and Crawford House with the University of Manchester.

This is a significant project demanding a high level of cooperation, coordination, skill, knowledge and experience, not to mention PI cover. Our team will also provide support to the Client in compliance with their duties under CDM2015 by providing Client CDM Advisor services in addition to our Principal Designer Duties. We are also busy assisting Clients with the pressures brought about by Covid19.

Other major PD appointments include projects for the Government, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, The Home Office, Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, The University of Birmingham, The University of Coventry, Warrington Borough Council, Halton Borough Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and multiple NHS Trusts, including vastly varied projects from term maintenance (MTC) up to £360 million. This reflects the confidence that Clients, their project managers and lead designers have in our health and safety advice and the value they place upon the continued involvement of our multi-disciplinary team on their projects.

Furthermore we are increasingly called upon to support others in their role as PD by supplying advice (Principal Designer Advisor/ PDA) to Architects and Contractors as they adjust to the changing health and safety environment. Some examples include:-

  • Morgan Sindall University of Huddersfield Oastler Building (£19,000,000)
  • BAM Crewe University Technical College (£9,800,000)
  • Rafael Vinoly Architects University of Manchester Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (£60,000,000)
  • Graham Construction Castle Mall Refurbishment, Norwich (£3,500,000)
  • Bench Architects Pavilion Garden (£919,000)

Please have a look through some of our projects on our Case Studies page.

If you require any further information or advice please call and speak to one of our team on 01925 654158.

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