The introduction of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations in 2015 put much more emphasis on clients to ensure their projects are addressing health & safety issues. We provide consultancy services on an ad-hoc project basis as well as longer term ‘competent person’ retainer services to ensure your project moves ahead safely, no matter how complex.

CDM 2015 applies to all building and construction projects, regardless of the size, duration and nature of the work.

Its aim is to make Health & Safety an essential and integral part of the design, planning and management of any project.  To identify, eliminate or control, as far as is practical, risk to the health and safety of any person working on the construction, affected by it or who will use or maintain the structure once completed.

The main features of CDM 2015 include:

  • The introduction of a Principal Designer (in place of a CDM Coordinator)
  • Strengthening of Client duties;
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients;
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor  required on all projects where there is more than one contractor working on the project;
  • Replacement of explicit requirement for duty holder competence with the need for appropriate information, instruction, training & supervision;
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level .

To help you get a better understanding of the regulations scroll down to see the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions

Daniel Connal Partnership has worked on projects ranging from minor refurbishments through to major construction projects within the retail, health, education, historic building and civil engineering sectors.  We have managed the health and safety on over 2,000 projects ranging in value from £30,000 to over £10 million in locations across the UK

With our extensive design and health & safety experience and expertise we are ideally placed to both meet the challenges of these roles and provide expert advice to those undertaking them for themselves.


CDM 2015 Advisor

As CDM 2015 Advisors we offer the following services:

CDM 2015 Client Advisor

The role of the Client has been strengthened considerably under CDM 2015.

Their duties are wide ranging and include ensuring that other duty holders are appointed, that the functions and responsibilities of the project team are clear and that the people and organisations they appoint have the necessary skill, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety risks.

They are also responsible for ensuring adequate communication, co-operation and co-ordination within the project team and for the provision of relevant information to other duty holders.

As CDM 2015 Client Advisor we will assist with the Client’s duties under Regulations 4, 5, 6 and 8 of the CDM Regulations 2015, by providing the following services:

  • Assist with the preparation of a Client’s brief
  • Submit the Notification Form F10 to HSE if required
  • Assist with the appointment of competent duty holders
  • Assist with the collation of Pre-Construction Information and highlight the need for any additional required information
  • Monitor and provide feedback of Principal Contractor compliance with their duties under Regulations 12 to 14
  • Monitor and provide feedback of  Principal Designer is compliance with their duties under Regulations 11 and 12
  • Confirm that a suitable Construction Phase Plan is in place to allow commencement of works on site
  • Confirm that suitable welfare facilities are in place to allow commencement of works on site.
  • Assist the Principal Designer with a suitable template for the Health & Safety File

For further information and advice on our CDM 2015 Client Advisor services please contact:

Jon Rensink:   01206 890558

CDM 2015 – Principal Designer

Daniel Connal Partnership can undertake the role of Principal Designer on your project.

Our Principal Designer will provide the following services ensuring compliance with Regulations 11 & 12 of CDM 2015

  • Plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase
  • Co-ordinate matters relating to health & safety to avoid risk
  • Take into account the general principles of prevention
  • Identify, eliminate or control, so far as is reasonably practicable, foreseeable risks to the health & safety of any person
    • carrying out or liable to be affected by construction work
    • maintaining or cleaning a structure
  • Ensure all designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other (Regulations 9 CDM 2015: Duties of Designers
  • Assist the Client in providing the Pre-Construction Information
  • Provide Pre-Construction information to designers, Principal Contractor and contractors
  • Liaise with the Principal Contractor for the duration of his/her appointment
  • Prepare the Health & Safety File

For further information and advice on our CDM Principal Designer service please contact:

Jonathan Rensink: 01206 890558

CDM 2015 Advisor to Principal Designer

The Principal Designer’s duties include identifying and controlling risks, assisting the Client in the production of Pre-Construction Information and the preparation of the Health and Safety File.

  • The CDM 2015 Advisor to Principal Designer will undertake the following duties:-
  • Advise the project team of the duty holder’s responsibilities
  • Assist in the appointment of competent designers and contractors
  • Co-ordinate the design risk management process throughout the Design Phase
  • Establish systems to check designers’ duty compliance
  • Advise on the suitability of project documentation and identify additional relevant information for inclusion in the Pre-Construction Information Pack
  • Ensure that HSE is notified as appropriate
  • Prepare the Health & Safety File prior to commencement of works, for ongoing review between the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor
  • Assist Principal Contractor with development of the Construction Phase Plan & confirm that it is in place prior to commencement of the works

For further information and advice about our CDM 2015 Advisor to the Principal Designer service please contact:

Jon Rensink:   01206 890558

CDM 2015 Advisor to Principal Contractor/Contractors

A Principal Contractor will be required for all projects with more than one ‘trade’ contractor on site.  The Principal Contractor’s duties include the planning management and co-ordination of the construction phase of a project.

Our CDM 2015 Advisor can assist the Principal Contractor/Contractors with their duties under CDM 2015 for both commercial and domestic projects:-

  • Assist Principal Contractor/Contractors on fulfilling the Client’s duties on domestic projects
  • Assist with preparation/or prepare on the Contractor’s behalf, the Construction Phase Plan
  • Assist with preparation/or prepare on the Contractor’s behalf a site induction
  • Provide guidance on suitable welfare facilities
  • Provide guidance on additional pre-construction information required from Clients
  • Assist with collation & Completion of  Health and Safety File
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the Principal Contractor with their duties to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate work during Pre-Construction and Construction Phase
  • Assist Principal Contractor to ensure that:
    • Individuals appointed have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience and
    • Companies have the organisational capability to work in a way that secures health & safety
  • Assist Principal Contractor to ensure co-operation between contractors so that risk is managed effectively
  • Establish whether training is necessary
  • Provide:
    • Active Monitoring – Carry out Site Safety Inspections, including routine checks of site access, work areas, plant, equipment and health risk management
    • Reactive Assistance – Assist with investigation of ‘near-miss’ incidents and injuries, monitor cases of ill health

For further information and to discuss how we can help you please contact:

Jon Rensink:   01206 890558

Accidents will happen …. ?

Reduce the odds with one of our accredited safety training courses

The Construction Industry is still widely recognised as one of the most dangerous for workers.  Almost every conceivable hazard exists within this ever changing work environment.

Major accidents make the news headlines but minor accidents also occur everyday.  Unguarded saws, unstable ladders, heavy loads, naked flame, hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, can all add up to ‘an accident waiting to happen’.  Without the benefit of expert training, the chances are that, sooner or later, it will.

DCP Training Courses

At DCP we believe that training is important.  It isn’t just about formal ‘classroom’ courses and obtaining certificates.  It is about imparting vital, valuable information, in a professional but relaxed manner, that reduces risk and could ultimately save lives.

People learn in different ways and we match our course delivery to your requirements – ‘tool box’ talks in situ or classroom based presentation.  We have a wealth of experience in providing expert accredited training in the format that suits you best.  Our skilled trainers will guide your workforce step by step through every aspect of their course providing the knowledge and confidence they need to pass.

Our most popular courses include:

  • First Aid
  • Fire Safety
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Manual Handling

For further information on these courses or any training related enquiry please contact:
Mark Price on 01206 751284