Principal Designer Services

Ensuring Safety through Design

Vextrix’ experienced Principal Designer Services team provide an up to the minute, pro-active approach to ensuring compliance with  CDM 2015 regulations. From concept design, through to the Contractor’s handover, our team are on-hand to oversee elimination of risks ensuring the project team have considered all potential hazards and aiding with the development of mitigating solutions.

A Principal Designer is appointed by the client to ensure any member of the project team whose role may influence the design is aware of their responsibilities under CDM 2015. The Principal Designer will coordinate the pre-construction phase of the project; preparing, reviewing and approving the necessary documents to ensure the project is compliant. Vextrix currently perform these services on projects across the UK; providing clients with confidence that their project team are fully versed and monitored under CDM2015.

Vextrix Principal Designers have an important role in influencing how risks to health and safety are managed throughout a project. Design decisions made during the pre-construction phase have a significant influence in ensuring the project is delivered in a way that secures the health and safety of everyone affected by the work. The knowledge-base and experience of your Principal Designer is vital.

Principal designers must:

  • plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase. In doing so they must take account of relevant information (such as an existing health and safety file) that might affect design work carried out both before and after the construction phase has started
  • help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information, and provide the information designers need to carry out their duties
  • work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work and, where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks
  • ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required
  • liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase