This new role has responsibilities similar to the former CDM-Co-ordinator, although some of these duties have passed to the 'Client' and/or 'Principal Contractor', (e.g. project notification).
The main duty of the 'Principal Designer' is to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and co-ordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risk to health or safety.
The 'Principal Designer' is also required to prepare, review and update a health and safety file appropriate to the characteristics of the project, which must contain information relating to the project which is likely to be needed during this and any subsequent project, to ensure the health and safety of any person.
If the project will have more than one contractor, or if it is reasonably foreseeable that more than one contractor will be working on a project at any one time, the Client must appoint a 'Principal Designer'.
If a non-domestic Client fails to appoint a 'Principal Designer', then the Client must fulfil their duties.
If a domestic Client fails to appoint a 'Principal Designer', then the designer in control of the pre-construction phase of the project is the 'Principal Designer'.
JMLA will always include for their role as a 'Principal Designer', when required in accordance with the Regulations, where they are the only 'Designer'.
John Loades is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and brings with him more than 10 years experience working as a Planning Supervisor and latterly a CDM Co-ordinator.
Phil Miers is an associate member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and is also an incorporated member of the Association for Project Safety (APS) which is the UK's foremost professional body involved in the management of health & safety in construction.
JMLA would be happy to advise, assist and provide the role as a 'Principal Designer', where required in accordance with the Regulations. This may be alongside the Architect or other designers. Please feel free to contact us for an informal and no obligation discussion.