The main focus of the principal designer role is to plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of the pre-construction phase, including any preparatory work carried out for the project.
This includes not only the preparation of the pre-construction information, but also in coordination with the project team, particularly the client and designers, and overseeing design decisions.
During the pre-construction phase, the principal designer has a responsibility to coordinate health and safety with all designers on the project. You should provide relevant information to designers as it becomes available, and make sure that risks are considered between the different designers, particularly where they may impact each other.
Decisions about the design taken during the pre-construction phase can have a significant effect on health and safety, both during construction and future use. The principal designer has an important role in influencing how risks should be managed.
Design meetings are a good way to bring designers together to:
- Ensure everyone carried out their CDM duties
- Consider information required for the pre-construction information
- Discuss the risks that should be addressed during the pre-construction phase
- Decide on the control measures to be adopted
- Agree the information that will help prepare the construction phase plan
You should focus your attention on areas with high or unusual risks to health and safety.
Regular meetings with the client throughout the pre-construction phase will provide you with an opportunity to update the client on the development of the pre-construction information, and to raise any potential issues.
If you appoint any designers, as the principal designer you must check they have sufficient skills, knowledge experience and capability to carry out the work. You should also advise the client on this requirement and assist the client in checking this for any designers they appoint. Checks should be carried out before appointment.
- CDM designer appointment document
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