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    RIBA ENCOURAGE ARCHITECTS TO EMBRACE CDM 2015

    Architect is “natural choice” for Principal Designer appointment

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published a Briefing Note for members which provides a positive endorsement of the changes brought into effect by CDM 2015 and encourages architects to embrace the new Principal Designer role.

    Architects are one of the professions taking on the new client appointment as Principal Designer with control over coordination and design risk management during the project pre-construction phase.

    PD role is not excessively complex

    The RIBA CDM 2015 Briefing Note No 2 states under the heading “The Principal Designer – myth busting” that the PD is a new role and not merely a replacement for the CDM-Coordinator adding:

    “The principal designer role is not excessively complex, nor does it involve an overly onerous set of tasks for an experienced designer.

    The principal designer role is not about an endless round of administration, but rather a practical, design-based focus on real risk prevention in relation to health and safety.

    The principal designer role is not something designers and in particular architects should shy away from.

    On more complex projects, architects may wish to appoint a specialist Health and Safety Adviser to advise and assist them in discharging their duties as principal designer.”

    The briefing note adds that whilst other designers with “meaningful responsibility and authority” over co-ordination of the pre-construction phase can undertake the PD role:

    “the architect or lead designer would appear to be the natural choice for the role on most building projects.”

    Fees should provide for adequate resourcing of PD services

    The RIBA Briefing explains that architects will need to charge additional fees for Principal Designer services.

    There are specific duties to be undertaken by the principal designer and it is therefore an additional service/role beyond the core architectural designer role adding:

    “Architects acting as principal designers will need to ensure that they have adequate resources and expertise to discharge the duties . This will need to be covered by an appropriate professional fee and be specified as a role to be undertaken in the schedules of services in the architect’s appointment agreement.”

    CDM 2015 Information and Templates

    See CDM 2015 Survey Results for the findings of our CDM 2015 Five Minute Online Survey.

    We have published a great deal of further information and templates designed to support Clients, Designers, Principal Designers/Contractors and Contractors in meeting their duties under CDM Regulations 2015.

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