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Who is a Principal Designer?

The Principal Designer (PD) is a legal role required under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regulations) (CDM Regulations) for any construction work in the UK that involves more than one contractor.

A "Principal Designer" is essentially a designer who has control of pre-construction phase of the proposed construction works. The Principal Designer is mainly responsible for managing health and safety aspects of the proposed design.

The role of Principal Designer starts from very early stages of the design (i.e. from concept design) through planning and detailed design and usually extends right up to the completion of construction works on site. The Principal Designer role is important in terms of identifying and managing health and safety risk in the design which could potentially cause issues during construction phase and more critically during post construction operation and maintenance phase.

Find out more about the Principal Designer Role and Responsibilities.

Safescope Approach

Our approach to Principal Designer role includes proactive and methodical identification of health and safety risks anticipated during design, construction and post construction and assisting the project team in managing these risks in a practical and sensible manner. The above approach is driven from our extensive experience and knowledge of providing impartial and independent CDM services (including Principal Designer and previous CDM Co-ordinator roles) since our inspection in 2008.

Safescope has developed an in-house bespoke process, applying Construction Safety Engineering principles, to bring the value for Clients with effective application of the CDM Regulations. On larger complex projects we carry out Design Safety Workshop and produce Project Health and Safety Risk Registers to identify and manage the project health and safety risks.

Our CDM team is led by Dr. Khalid Bhutto (BEng MSc PhD CMIOSH FCIOB CFaPS) who is the founding director of Safescope. He holds impressive qualifications in civil engineering, construction and health and safety. Khalid has as an impressive standing in the industry and is known for his straightforward and practical approach to the application of the CDM Regulations.

Based in Ipswich - Suffolk, we have been providing our Principal Designer services in London, East of England (East Anglia), East Midlands, South East Regions and nationally.

Safescope Principal Designer Colchester

Service Details

Our Principal Designer service is offered in line with and fulfilling the legal requirements of CDM Regulations 2015 and includes the following Schedule of Services:

Our Experience

As mentioned above, Safescope has been providing CDM Services (including Principal Designer and previous CDM Co-ordinator) roles since our inception in 2008. Our experience of Principal Designer role ranges from small extension projects to multi-million pounds complex developments. Number of our successful Principal Designer projects are estimated to be more than 1000 since the role was created in April 2015. For further illustration about our CDM Services experience please follow the Link.

Contact Details

For further information and a prompt hassle free fee proposal please contact us as follows:

Lindsey Heffer - Safescope

Business Management Co-ordinator
T:  01473 407020
M: 07443 789226
E:  LBrown@safescope.com

Dr. Khalid Bhutto - Safescope
T:  01473 407020
M: 07818 288122
E:  KBhutto@safescope.com