Studio Four are delighted to see the new guide to the CDM 2015 Regulations, now available to download at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l153.htm.

Having acted as CDM Co-ordinators (formerly Planning Supervisors) since 1994, our technical staff are well-placed to take over the new role of “Principal Designer”, replacing the CDM-Coordinator.

We are already employed on a number of CDM-C frameworks, where our design expertise can actually add value to each project.

All our staff  undertake Health & Safety training to comply with our CHAS registration, and many are also qualified (and suitably insured) to act as CDM Coordinators.With architects playing such a key role in the management of Health and Safety throughout the design and construction processes, we have always offered the CDM-C duties as a supplement to our Architectural services. It is pleasing to see the Government has also now recognised the benefit that the Architect /Designers can bring to the process and concur that the management of Health and Safety is best placed in our hands  from the very first meeting with the client.

The new role of Principal Designer will suit our staff and we are looking forward to clients retaining this important role within the design team, where we feel it belongs.