Do I need to appoint a Principal Designer?
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), a Principal Designer must be appointed by the Client in writing when more than one contractor will be required on the project, this will apply to most construction work as the Principal Contractor will utilise sub-contractors to carry out certain works.
The Principal Designer is pivotal in ensuring the proactive management of health and safety on site and is the client’s key advisor in the planning, implementation, and management of construction projects.
The CDM 2015 Regulations apply to all construction work including domestic work.
Construction work means the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes:
(a) The construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance (including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure;
(b) The preparation for an intended structure, including site clearance, exploration, investigation (but not site survey) and excavation, and the clearance or preparation of the site or structure for use or occupation at its conclusion;
(c) The assembly on site of prefabricated elements to form a structure or the disassembly on site of prefabricated elements which, immediately before such disassembly, formed a structure;
(d) The removal of a structure or of any product or waste resulting from demolition or dismantling of a structure or from disassembly of prefabricated elements which immediately before such disassembly formed such a structure; and
(e) The installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer or similar services which are normally fixed within or to a structure.