Vetting of Duty Holders
As a Client you have a legal obligation to assemble the project team – appointing Designers (including a Principal Designer) and Contractors (including a Principal Contractor) to the project (on projects involving more than one contractor). This includes making sure they have the skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability.
At Havio we can assist you in navigating the process of ensuring organisations you are looking to appoint have such competencies. We do this by completing a robust vetting procedure of organisations, followed by the issuing of a report to you. This report provides a 360° view of the organisation giving you the comfort to make an informed decision.
Principal Designer Auditing
Where there is more than one Contractor on a project there must be a Principal Designer appointed; as a Client you have a legal obligation to ensure that any appointed Principal Designer carries out their duties in managing the project. Havio provide an auditing service on your behalf, this looks at the Principal Designer’s role on the project and how well they are fulfilling their duties.
Following our audit, we will produce a report that will give an independent view on the current level of compliance.
Principal Contractor Auditing
Where there is more than one Contractor on a project there must be a Principal Contractor appointed. As Client you have a legal obligation to ensure that any appointed Principal Contractor carries out their duties in managing the project.
We provide an auditing service on your behalf; this will look at the Principal Contractor’s role on the project and how well they are fulfilling their duties. Following our audit, we will produce a report that will give an independent view on the current level of compliance. A major part of such auditing will be looking at the on-site management arrangements of the Principal Contractor; feedback will be provided immediately to the on-site team and then feedback to the Client and relevant project teams.
What is a Client Brief?
A Client Brief is a document which explains what you want, as well as helping you to carry out your duties under The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. As the Client, you will have requirements and expectations that will assist those designing, constructing or using the structure or building. Sharing these at an early stage can help shape how each duty holder approaches, plans and accommodates your requirements.
The Client Brief can take the form of verbal discussions or, even better, it could be a written document drafted by you or your appointed Principal Designer. A clear brief is essential to the success of your project. It sets out key requirements, outlines your vision of the project and communicates your aims and aspirations.
What should the Client Brief include?
- It should describe the main function and operational requirements of the finished building or structure.
- It should outline your motivation for initiating the project.
- It should give your expectations during the project, including how health and safety risks should be managed.
- It should explain the design direction you have in mind.
- It should provide a single point of contact for any client queries or discussions during the project.
- It should set a realistic timeframe and budget.
Whilst the initial client brief sets out your general requirements and expectations for the project, it is also important that it outlines your health and safety expectations.
How can Havio Help?
After a consultation Havio can compile a Client Brief for your project. This will be in an easily understood format which can then be sent to all members of the project team.