Principal Designer Adviser Service
Who is the Principal Designer?
A Principal Designer can be an organisation or individual who is appointed by the client (commercial or domestic) to take the lead in planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordinating Health and Safety during the pre-construction phase (design and planning stage) of a project involving, or likely to involve, more than one contractor.
A Principal Designer is the designer (as defined in the Regulations link to external website) with control over the pre-construction phase who has the relevant skills, knowledge and experience and, where they are an organisation, the organisational capability to carry out all the functions of the role. However, they do not have to carry out actual design work on the project.
Why is the Principal Designer so important?
A Principal Designer has an important role in influencing how the risks to health and safety should be managed and incorporated into the wider management of a project. Design decisions taken during the pre-construction phase can have a significant effect on whether a project is delivered in a way that secures health and safety. The Principal Designer’s role involves close co-operation with the Client and the Principal Contractor and co-ordinating the work of others in the project team to ensure that significant and foreseeable risks are managed throughout the design process.
Do all projects require the appointment of a Principal Designer?
Only those projects where there is more than one contractor.
Can Havio be appointed as the Principal Designer?
Havio have taken a commercial decision not to act as the Principal Designer on projects due to the following reasons:
- A Principal Designer is required to have control over the Pre-Construction phase of the project. We don’t believe, as a consultant, we are ever in control of this phase as this is more likely to be client or architect led.
- A Principal Designer must be classified as a “Designer”. Whilst Havio have extensive experience in design risk management we are not designers and for this reason we don’t feel it is in keeping with the spirit of the regulations to say otherwise
So how do Havio operate?
The good news is that Havio has extensive experience working as a CDM Consultant to Principal Designers and have successfully operated on over 200 projects since 2015.
We can operate a full advisory service which takes the legwork away from you and ensures your obligations are met, this includes:
- Develop your initial brief.
- Identify, obtain and collate the pre-construction information.
- Co-ordinate significant health and safety issues through to resolution with the design team.
- Ensure that Designers comply with their duties assigned to them under CDM 2015 and co-operate with each other.
- Attend design review meetings and maintain a design risk register.
- Liaise with the Principal Contractor for the duration of the appointment.
- Support the Principal Contractor to seek and obtain responses to the Health and Safety queries from Designers.
- Agree a format and compile the statutory Health and Safety File for formal handover at project completion.
Why Choose Havio for your Principal Designer Adviser Service?
- We hold an accredited membership with the Association of Project Safety (APS) – the industry governing body.
- Havio is an accredited SSIP Worksafe Consultancy.
- We employ consultants who are specialists in their field; we have professionals who know design just as well as construction.
- We are passionate about keeping things simple and controlling risks proportionately. We are a consultancy that looks to say yes to good innovative design – we won’t dampen your designs.
- We take the pain away by specialising in the Health and Safety aspect of the project and allow you to concentrate on what you are good at.
- We are knowledgeable about different procurement routes for managing projects with regards to CDM 2015, this means we can look at innovative ways to save you money on your projects.
We can provide additional services for when the project is in construction.
Design Risk Management Review
The Principal Designer has a responsibility to co-ordinate Health and Safety with all the Designers, including Temporary Works Designers. A key part of the role is the need to ensure that designs are co-ordinated between the different Designers to identify any potential impacts on Health and Safety during the building’s lifetime. This includes construction, maintenance, cleaning and, where relevant, the use of the premises as a workplace.
Havio can work on behalf of the Principal Designer to attend meetings and co-ordinate the designs collating these onto a Design Risk Register, which can be shared amongst all members of the design team.
Alternatively, if you are a designer and need assistance with recording how you have applied the principles of prevention within your designs, we can assist in the creation of a Designers Risk Assessment.