Consultant Principal Designers

Congratulations you have just landed at our One Stop Shop for CDM 2015, Advice, Guidance, and Documentation.

As ‘Principal Designers’ we have the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure your project has the appropriate guidance, documentation and management systems in place, to ensure your project gets off to a good start.

(CDMPC) Construction Design & Management Project Coordination, began trading in 2009, the company was created to add ‘H&S Valve’ to Clients, Designers and Principal Contractor, projects, following the changes to the CDM regulations in 2007.

Since inception, we have provided advice and guidance, on a range of projects from small domestic projects to multi million pound commercial projects.

We cover the south of England, from our base in Oxford, (find us on google maps, (Principal Designers Oxford) working for private commercial developers, local authorities, and SME contractors

Areas of expertise : Schools, colleges and government buildings, large scale commercial development, large scale private residential developments

We also pride ourselves on being able to cater for the smaller end of the market, private developer set up, New or existing Principal contractor, set up and guidance.


Our mission statement is to:
  • Integrate H&S, as an integral part of the design/construction process
  • Ensure Pre-Construction Information is communicated to all
  • Reduce unnecessary H&S paperwork/burden
  • Provide the right information, to the right people, at the right time!

Here at CDMPC, we tailor our advice to your project needs:

Whether you’re a client, who needs to appoint a Principal Designer or just early stage advice and guidance

Architectural practice, that needs Principal Designer advice and support

Or a Principal Contractor that needs a one off or full set company specific documentation

We cover it all

Contact one of our team today by using the form or give us a call

You will be met by one of our friendly staff, who will discuss your project/requirements

We will give you free initial advice and guidance

Provide fee fix consultancy packages

Tailored to your needs as a small, medium, or large client/company

How Does CDM 2015 Affect You?

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects.

CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.

The regulations place responsibilities on five duty holders, the Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractors, Designer, and Contractor.

The industry guidance has been created by members of CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee) and Published by CITB/HSE, Construction Industry Training Board 2015, Health and safety executive.

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There are six guides: one for each of the five duty holders under CDM and an addtional one for workers.

Click on the links or read the summary below:

Client Duties

Designer/Architect/Engineer Duties

Principal Designer Duties

Principal Contractor Duties Documents and Procedures

The guides are based on sound industry practice and will help small businesses and organisations deliver building and construction projects in a way that prevents injury and ill-health.

The guides are based on sound industry practice and will help small businesses and organisations deliver building and construction projects in a way that prevents injury and ill-health.

Annex A CDM Duty holders and their roles summarised
Duty holderSummary of role/main duties
Clients   Organisations or individuals for whom a construction project is carried out.Make suitable arrangements for managing a project. This includes making sure that:   other duty holders are appointed sufficient time and resources are allocated. Clients must also make sure that: relevant information is prepared and provided to other duty holders the principal designer and principal contractor carry out their duties welfare facilities are provided. F10 Notification to HSE
Domestic clients   People who have construction work carried out on their own home, or the home of a family member, that is notdone in furtherance of a business, whether for profit or not.Domestic clients are in scope of CDM 2015 but their duties as a client are normally transferred to:   the contractor, on a single contractor project or the principal contractor, on a project involving more than one contractor. However, the domestic client can choose to have a written agreement for the principal designer to carry out the client duties
Principal designers   Designers appointed by the client in projects involving more than one contractor. They can be an organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience and ability to carry out the role.Plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project.   This includes: identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks ensuring designers carry out their duties. Prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders. Provide relevant information to the principal contractor to help them plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety in the construction phase.
Designers   Those who, as part of a business, prepare or modify designs for a building or product, or prepare or modify designs to systems relating to construction work.When preparing or modifying designs, eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that may arise during:   construction and the maintenance and use of a building once it is built. Provide information to other members of the project team to help them fulfil their duties.
Contractors   Those who do the actual construction work. They can be either an individual or a company.Plan, manage and monitor construction work under their control so that it is carried out without risks to health and safety.   For projects involving more than one contractor, co-ordinate their activities with others in the project team – in particular, comply with directions given to them by the principal designer or principal contractor. For single-contractor projects, prepare a construction phase plan.
Principal contractors   Contractors appointed by the client to co-ordinate the construction phase of a project where it involves more than one contractor.Plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety in the construction phase of a project. This includes:   liaising with the client and principal designer preparing the construction phase plan organising co-operation between contractors and co-ordinating their work. Ensure that: suitable site inductions are provided reasonable steps are taken to prevent unauthorised access workers are consulted and engaged in securing their health and safety welfare facilities are provided.
Workers   The people who work for or under the control of contractors on a construction site.They must:   be consulted about matters which affect their health, safety and welfare take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions report anything they see which is likely to endanger either their own or others’ health and safety co-operate with their employer, fellow workers, contractors and other duty holders.
Organisations or individuals can carry out the role of more than one duty holder, provided they have the skills, knowledge, experience and (if an organisation) the organisational capability necessary to carry out those roles in a way that secures health and safety.