Once a project has been priced and a contractor chosen it is important that you appoint a Principal Contractor and a Principal Designer which will attend the Site meetings.
The Principal Designer (this can be us) will inform you of your duties under the CDM Regulations and draw up a proposal for dealing with any potential health and safety issues that may arise during the project. This may mean eliminating the risks entirely or, if that’s not possible, devising strategies to minimise or control those risks. They will review information from you (such as previous asbestos reports, ground conditions, health and safety files or surveys etc.) and pass this on to the Principal Contractor, with whom they will liaise to ensure the design is properly co-ordinated.
As part of our role as Principal Designer we will produce a file called the ‘As Built’ folder. In order to produce this we need to maintain regular visits to site. It is important that the as built drawings are up to date with any changes to the design. There a two main reasons for changes to the design during the site period. The first being something discovered on site that requires an adaptation to the design, This could be a hidden structural column or services. The second is if the design develops further due to new ideas from the client or design team.
The folder will contain the following information:
- Health and Safety File
- Building Control Completion Certificate
- As Built plans
- As Built technical drawings
- As Built schedules
As your interior designer it is our job to guide you through the process and help as much as necessary. We aren’t always asked to help with site co ordination or take on the role of principal designer. We have found over the years that the most successful projects use us for site co ordination as we can help make sure the original design is implemented as consistently as possible.