Why Choose KOK as Principal Designer?


Why Choose KOK as Principal Designer?

January 13, 2021 |

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM Regulations) are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced so far as is reasonably practicable. They were introduced in 1994 and revised in 2007. A further revision came into force in April 2015.
One of the key changes introduced by CDM 2015 was the replacement of the role of CDM co-ordinator (CDMC) with that of Principal Designer (PD). The PD has responsibility for co-ordination of health and safety during the pre-construction phase. The reason behind the change was to provide a focus on hazard identification and risk reduction in accordance with established general Principles of Prevention (GPOP) first introduced within UK Law as Regulation 4 and Schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the “Management Regs”). CDM2015 recognise the benefit of the appointment of a Dutyholder who, during the design phase, has the duty to ensure compliance with GPOP throughout the design phase and reinforce the obligations of the Project Team and in particular the Designers, to take adequate account of safety within the build, use as a workplace, future construction work and eventual demolition phases of a structure(s) Under the previous 2007 Regulations, this role was often contracted out, resulting in extra costs, but the individual appointed was rarely fully embedded within the Project Team and had little opportunity to influence the design.
Guidance published by the Health and Safety Executive in January 2015, defines Principal Designers as ‘…Designers appointed by the Client in projects involving more than one contractor. They can be an Organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience and ability to carry out the role.’ The guidance suggests that the role of Principal Designer should be appointed as early as possible in the design process (if practicable at the concept stage) and at least before the start of the construction phase, so they have enough time to carry out their duties to plan and manage the pre-construction and construction phases. If a Client fails to appoint a Principal Designer, the Client himself assumes in Law the duties and responsibilities of PD. Ignorance of this principle is no argument in defence.
Keelagher Okey Klein have found that many design practices do not have the requisite health and safety expertise in-house, and this is particularly true where the role involves taking responsibility for health and safety across a range of design disciplines. Within our current Team of Construction Safety Consultants is here where KOK’s breadth of experience and expertise, combined with decades of experience can come to the fore.
We do meet the definition of Designer within the terms of the Regulations and also possess the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability required by the Regulations to provide our Clients with comprehensive and effective Principal Designer services. 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) and/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 Building and Land 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. Our construction safety experience is unparalleled in the UK. This allied with a Team of mature Professionals experienced in the fostering of a culture of safety across Project Teams provides a service delivery second to none.

For more details about our Principal Designer capabilities and experience see – Principal Designer Page. And if you require any further information or advice please call and speak to one of our team on 01925 654158.