Construction Design Management

The Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015, often abbreviated to CDM2015 were introduced in April 2015. The definition of “construction” is wide. It includes demolition, groundworks, landscaping, painting & decorating, plumbing, electrical work and more. CDM applies to virtually every construction project with few exemptions, “domestic” projects are one such exemption.

CDM 2015 defines “duty holders” for construction projects and sets out the roles and responsibilities of each duty holder. The duty holders will typically include:

  • The Client – the organisation for whom the constructions work is being carried out.
  • The Principal Designer – who typically draws up the project plans.
  • The Designer – on projects where no Principal Designer has been appointed. Note: The Client sometimes takes on the additional duties of the Designer.
  • The Principal Contractor – has extensive duties including site set-up, safe systems of work, selection of competent workers, other Contractors and safety during the entire construction phase.
  • Contractors – now report to the Principal Contractor and so may now find themselves having to comply with conditions imposed by the Principal Contractor who is now responsible for their Contractors.
  • Workers – now have to follow CDM 2015.

The intention of CDM 2015 is to encourage positive co-operation between all parties involved in a construction project. The duty to comply starts with at the pre-construction stage and continues until the project is complete and handover has taken place, or sometimes longer.


B-Safe provides a flexible range of CDM 2015 services, including:

  • For Clients – providing support and guidance so they do not fall foul of the Regulations.
  • For Principal Designers – compiling the pre-construction information, now a legal requirement.
  • Conducting pre-construction site safety audit reports, identifying hazards.
  • Checking the suitability of any Construction Phase Plan submitted by the Principal Contractor.
  • For Principal Contractors – preparing and checking the Construction Phase Plan.
  • Assisting with site set-up, site traffic plans and safe systems of work.
  • Conducting Site Safety Audits to check things are as they should be.
  • Checking that the legal obligation to provide Information, Instruction, Training & Supervision is being achieved.
  • Checking compliance with CDM 2015.
  • Providing support and assistance throughout the project.
  • Preparing and distributing the Operations & Management (O&M) Safety handover file. B-Safe offer 3 options for the O&M file: Printed copy of O&M Manual/Handover file, Electronic copy of O&M Manual/Handover file or CD copy of O&M Manual/Handover file.
  • For Contractors – helping them comply with the requirements of both the Client and the Principal Contractor.