The role of Principal Designer is one of the key changes that was introduced under CDM 2015, and is a role required on any construction project with more than one contractor. Comparable to the former role of CDM-Coordinator, Principal Designers should have the influence to change the design of a project and therefore incorporate their overall responsibility for planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordinating health and safety in the Pre-Construction phase of a project.
McGowan Miller have been the named Principal Designer (and formally CDM-Coordinator) on a number of large scale projects for a number of private clients and for Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway. We also provide an advisory service to architects or designers that are named as Principal Designers on projects but who wish to outsource their duties and responsibilities, which include:
- Informing the client of their duties.
- Compiling and distributing adequate Pre-Construction Information.
- Taking into account the general principles of prevention.
- Checking designer’s competency to undertake their work.
- Ensuring coordination between all parties of the Pre-Construction phase.
- Liaising with both client and Principal Contractor in the planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordinating of the construction phase.
- Preparing, reviewing and updating the project Health and Safety File.
McGowan Miller, either as the named Principal Designer, or advisor to that party will provide a full service to take over these responsibilities and undertake the required duties. These duties may involve:
- Producing a specific Pre-Construction Information document.
- Informing and reminding other duty holders of their responsibilities.
- Preparing, reviewing and updating the Health and Safety File.
- Providing advice during the planning and designing phase of the project.