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Contractors

Fire Safety and Management

Services include:

  • Development of health and safety documentation and procedures manuals
  • Site audits
  • Gap analysis

Principal Designer

The term 'Principal Designer' is somewhat of a misnomer as there are no design duties for the Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015.

There is certainly no requirement under CDM2015 for the Principal Designer to be the lead designer (architect or engineer), the project manager or your quantity surveyor.

If the lead designer is unable to undertake the role of Principal Designer or they do not have sufficient time and resources and or knowledge, skills and experience to discharge the function of the Principal designer I am able to take on the role of Principal Designer the duries of which include the under CDM 2015 to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate health and safety matters during that period.

The appointment should be made as soon as practicable and before construction work begins.

As an Architect I am able to undertake this role.

Principal Designer Adviser

Where the selected Principal Designer does not have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience or sufficient time and resources to coordinate health and safety matters on a project as a sub-consultant to the Principal Designer I undertake appointments to help them discharge the Principal Designer duties.

As an Architect I am able to undertake this role.

Client Adviser

Under CDM 2015 there is no obligation on the Principal Designer to advise and assist the Client to help them discharge their duties.

Assistance can be provided to clients as a CDM Advisor to help them discharge their client duties - particularly with regard to:

  • ensuring that construction work is carried out, so far as reasonably practicable, without risk to the health and safety of workers;
  • completing and submitting the F10 Notification;
  • ensuring that the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with their duties;
  • advising on the suitability or otherwise of the Contractor or Principal Contractor's Construction Phase Plan;
  • Ensuring that there are suitable welfare facilities on site prior to and during construction,
  • and Ensuring that health and safety arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project.

Principal Contractors

Assistance to Principal Contractors is provided for:

  • Development of construction health and safety plans.
  • Risk assessment and method statements
  • Site audits
  • Vetting contractors
  • Compilation of Building Manuals.
  • Management procedures;
  • Fire awareness and fire marshal training on site
  • Health and safety awareness training on site.
  • Fire risk assessments and fire plans

Latest News

  • MHCLG Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings 20 January 2020

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    This Advice Note dated 20 January 2020 consolidates and supersedes the existing Advice Notes 1 to 22. The advice on the assessment of non-ACM external wall systems (previously Advice Note 14) has been updated and incorporated, and some of the advice within the previous published notes has been condensed to make it clearer.


    The Advice Note also clarifies how the 18m height of a building is measured as it was silent in various other Advice Notes issued.

  • Regulation 38 Building Regulations

    Regulation 38

    Approved Document B was revised in 2019  and supports requirements B1 to B5 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010 as well as regulations 6(3), 7(2) and 38 and it took effect on 30 August 2019 for use in England. 

    One of the changes were that safety information (under regulation 38) has been moved from an appendix into a new section.

  • EWS1 External Wall Fire Review

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    In late December 2019 the EWS1 form was published.

    The RICS, the BSA and UK Finance have agreed an industry-wide process, to be used by valuers, lenders, building owners and fire safety experts, in the valuation of high-rise properties to help unblock the deadlock present in the housing market. It has been developed in conjunction with MHCLG (the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.