The majority of our work involves domestic clients wishing to extend, refurbish or demolish parts of their own property. In the first instance, a consultation is arranged to discuss their ideas, designs that may work for them and the planning process involved. Also if required, potential contractors and project management options. It is recognised that construction work does not always follow immediately after design work is completed and contractors not assigned until prices are agreed. If they so wish, a domestic client has the flexibility of agreeing (in writing) with us that we coordinate and manage the project, rather than this role automatically passing to the principal contractor. Where no such agreement is made, then the principal contractor will automatically take over the project management responsibilities. We normally advise, depending of complexity or size of project, that any competent contractors who we recommend are more than capable of fulfilling this role, but it is the clients responsibility to ensure this.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced. They were introduced in 1994 and revised in 2007. A further revision came into force on 6 April 2015.
As the designer, The drawing office takes all reasonable steps to provide within the Building regulation drawings sufficient information about the design (including the structural engineers calculations), construction or maintenance of the structure, to adequately assist the client, other designers and contractors to comply with their duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
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