The CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations were updated in 2015, redefining the client’s Health and Safety responsibilities and creating a new mandatory role of ‘Principal Designer’ for all building projects. The domestic project exemptions under the previous regime have gone. The Principal Designer’s role is to coordinate and manage the design aspects of the project, in respect of Health and Safety. Noel has now completed the RIBA’s own Principal Designer training course and passed the associated exam.

In summary, the client for a project has a legal responsibility to ensure that the Health and Safety implications of his or her project are properly dealt with. The Principal Designer must coordinate and manage the design aspects, and convey information to the contractor who will carry out the work.  Noel Wright Architects are now accredited as  competent to carry out this function.

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