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As from the 6th April 2015 the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 came in to force. All projects are now subject to the new Regulations, whether the project commenced before or after 6th April.

All new projects now fall under CDM whether notifiable or not; all projects will need a nominated Principal Designer (PD) and these projects now include maintenance and domestic projects.

One of the key changes to the Regulations is the removal of the role of CDM Coordinator (CDM-C) and the introduction of the new role of Principal Designer (PD). The role of Principal Contractor (PC) will remain the same. The key appointments of PD and PC will no longer be linked to notification of the project, but where any project has or likely to have more than one contractor appointed.

Where a project has commenced and a CDM-C has been appointed then the Client must appoint a Principal Designer (PD) as soon as practicable, but no later than the 6th October 2015. Where a CDM-C remains in place up to the 6th October, they will be subject to transitional duties as noted in the new Regulations.

Where the project has begun and no CDM-C has been appointed, the Client must appoint a Principal Designer as soon as practicable, and until such time the Client will be deemed the PD.

You are likely to be taking on the role of Principal Designer from now. We can provide this service or help you through the process by providing an advisory service so that you are ready to go.