The CDM Regulations 2015

ORA Architects are monitoring The Construction (Design + Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) which will come in to force on 6 April 2015. A significant number of changes are being proposed, not least of which, is the replacement of the current CDM Co-ordinator role by the Principal Designer.

Other key changes are: –

  • The Regulations will apply to all construction projects including those for Domestic Clients.
  • The role of the client has been expanded, recognising the influence and importance they have as the head of the supply chain and therefore best placed to set standards throughout.
  • A Construction Phase Health + Safety Plan is required for all projects.
  • A Health + Safety File is required for all but the smallest of projects.
  • The Principle Designer is the designer with control over the pre-construction phase of the project and must have technical knowledge of the construction industry relevant to the specific project.
  • The Principle Designer must be someone who can plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase and liaise with the Principle Contractor(s) to help the planning, management, monitoring and co-ordination of the construction phase.
  • The Competency of Designers and Contractors will be split into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training, experience and organisations experience.
  • Award of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) can satisfy Competency
  • The definition of a Designer extends to architects, consulting engineers, quantity surveyors, interior designers, temporary works engineers, chartered surveyors, technicians or anyone (including the client) who specifies or alters a design.

When CDM 2015 comes in to force on 6 April 2015 there will be a transitional period that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015. If no CDM Co-ordinator is appointed on a project that started before 6 April then a Principle Designer is to be appointed. If there is a CDM Co-ordinator appointed then they should be replaced by a Principle Designer by 6 October 2015.

The proposed changes are subject to Parliamentary approval and the above comments are based on the draft Regulations which can be found at

Further information shall be available in due course and we will endeavour to keep you updated however in the meantime should you wish to discuss the proposed changes then please contact David Tibbs at ORA Architects.