6 April 2015
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations changes announced in January 2015 became effective on 6 April.
What areas of the new regulations prove the most difficult to understand for clients?
Design & Build
Design & Build projects are providing a challenge, as the regulations are silent on this most common form of contract. Clearly, once the Design & Build contract has been let, the only organisation that can undertake Principal Designer is the Principal Contractor, unless the client retains the duty, or appoints an independent project manager. Yet, it is interesting that the client has a duty to ensure the Principal Contractor complies with their duties.
For small projects, such as simple redecoration, roof repairs and refresh, if more than one contractor is engaged, the client must appoint a Principal Designer & Principal Contractor, unless they wish to retain the duty. Again, this is proving a burden, with a need for effective streamlining of paperwork.
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
The skills, knowledge, experience, and capability are not yet defined for the new role of Principal Designer. This causes some confusion, particularly as the type of projects can vary from small domestic roof repairs and redecoration, to construction of a motorway.
Through our conversations with clients, workshops and strategy sessions that we have held on CDM 2015 implementation, we have found that the following are useful:
• Clients defining their CDM 2015 Strategy
• Gap analysis
• Review of existing projects & new
• Identifying training needs
• Selecting duty holders and making appointments
Download our “Legislation update: CDM 2015 – The NINE key changes” to understand how it affects you.
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