Construction Design & Management – CDM

CDM Consultancy

The CDM Regulations place a great deal of responsibility on duty holders within the construction industry. Duty holders may not have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience or indeed sufficient manpower to effectively discharge the duties placed upon them by these regulations within their business.

By appointing an independent, third-party organisation to undertake or assist them with discharging their duties, Clients, Designers and Contractors can rest assured that their duties are covered, meeting the requirements of the relevant legislation and on time.

Bureau Veritas (formerly HCD Management) offers a wealth of sector expertise and an experienced team that has been successfully assisting our Clients to discharge the duties placed on clients by the CDM Regulations for more than 20 years, since their inception.

With a long history acting as competent construction health and safety consultants, our services go beyond compliance, assisting clients to achieve cost and risk certainty whilst delivering the service excellence you would expect from a true global leader.

We are part of the Bureau Veritas Group, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, with 400,000 clients worldwide and a global network of offices in 140 countries.

Client CDM Advisor Role Overview

Client Role

The 2015 CDM Regulations introduce several new duties and responsibilities that were not previously required of construction Clients.

These new duties do not simply stop at appointing a “Principal Designer” in lieu of a CDM Co-ordinator.  The new Regulations require that Clients pick up several of the duties previously undertaken by the CDM Co-ordinator on their behalf.

The HSE do however acknowledge that Clients may require assistance and may wish to seek help from a third party organisation/consultant to discharge these duties. With our heritage of acting as competent Construction Health & Safety Consultant for over 20 years, Bureau Veritas (formerly HCD Management) is ideally placed to advise and assist Clients with discharging these duties.

Bureau Veritas can undertake the majority of the Clients’ duties under the new Regulations on their behalf, in a cost effective and efficient manor following an auditable trail which is compliant with ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

Principal Designer CDM Advisor Role Overview

Principal Designer Role

The revision of the CDM Regulations in 2015 created a new duty holder to replace in part the previous function of CDM Co-ordinator during the design phase. 

The Principal Designer is classed as the ‘individual or business in control of the Pre Construction Phase’. Often this role will be assigned to the lead designer on a construction project.

The Principal Designer is responsible for the planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordination of health and safety aspects of the design during the Pre Construction Phase, fully taking into account the ‘principles of prevention’ at all stages.

A Principal Designer must be appointed on any construction project where it is reasonably foreseeable that more than one contractor will be involved. The general duties of the Designer under CDM 2015 remain relatively unchanged, with the focus being on identification and elimination of risk in the first instance, followed by reduction and control of residual risk arising from a design where this is not practicable.

The new role of the Principal Designer will require the design consultant to take on board significant additional duties in relation to the health and safety management of not only their own design, but that of other design disciplines and the proposed development site and its surroundings.

Bureau Veritas Role

The HSE recognise that those appointed as Principal Designer may not have the requisite in-house skills to fully satisfy this responsibility on all types of projects, and may therefore want to appoint an external organisation such as Bureau Veritas as a sub-consultant to undertake or assist them with discharging the duties of the Principal Designer.

Bureau Veritas (formerly HCD Management) has an enviable track record of providing construction risk management solutions since the inception of the CDM Regulations some 20 years ago, on a wide range of projects across a variety of sectors.

We are ideally placed to support you in discharging your duties as the Principal Designer for any size of project providing a clear, concise and auditable risk management process trail that is compliant with ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

Steve Highwood, Richard Powell

Get in touch 

To find out more about our Construction Consultancy services call us on 0207 392 0130 or email

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