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CHASE Consulting Principal Designer Services

The Principal Designer (PD) services offered by CHASE Consulting are set out in accordance with regulations and to improve the Health and Safety performance on construction projects. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) require all parties involved in a construction project to take responsibility for health and safety standards. 

At CHASE Consulting we are able to drive the management of Health & Safety through the stages of a project to ensure Buildability, Usability and Maintainability features are encompassed in the project Designs with ownership taken by the Client and Project Team.


Who requires a Principal Designer?

The PD is an appointment which the construction project Client must make where there is likely to be two or more contractors working on site at any one time. The Principal Designer should be appointed as early as possible in the design process (if practicable at the concept stage) and at least before the start of the construction phase, so they have enough time to carry out their duties to plan and manage the Health & Safety elements of the pre-construction phase. If a Client fails to appoint a Principal Designer, the Client must carry out the role.


The Principal Designer role is seen as pivotal in helping to improve the overall standards of Health and Safety on projects and in particular, we can confidently guide, advise and influence our clients into making good, sound decisions about Health and Safety on projects.


What appointment formats are available for the Principal Designer role?

At CHASE Consulting we are able to accept Principal Designer related appointments via the following available appointment formats:


  1. Directly appointed as Principal Designer by the Client

  2. Engaged as a Adviser to the appointed Principal Designer. The PD may be the Client, Lead Designer or Principal Contractor and require additional Health & Safety expertise to fulfill the role.

What is the Principal Designer required to do?

The CDM Regulations 2015 identifies the role of Principal Designer to includes:

  • Informing the client and the design team of their duties under the regulations.

  • Planning, managing and monitoring Health and Safety in the pre-construction phase, including; identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks; and ensuring designers carry out their duties.

  • Helping compile pre-construction information and providing it to designers and contractors

  • Preparing the Health and Safety File and then reviewing, updating and revising it as the project progresses.

  • Liaising with the Principal Contractor to help in the planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordination of the construction phase.

  • Taking into account the general Principals of Prevention.

  • Ensuring that all persons working in relation to the pre-construction phase cooperate with the Client, the Principal Designer and each other.

  • Checking that designers have sufficient skills, knowledge, experience and (if they are an organisation) the organisational capability to carry out the work.

Is the Principal Designer role something we can assist you with? 

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