What is CDM

CDM stands for ‘Construction Design Management’ and is a legal requirement on Construction Projects.

In April 2015 the responsibility for organising the Health and Safety file, Methodology and Access files fell on Domestic Clients

DON’T PANIC – Both Charles and John are qualified CDM Co-ordinators and you can appoint us to look after the CDM requirements of your project, as your main contractor we’ll even do it FOR FREE!

CDM Regulations 2015

We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously. Part of that is concerned with ensuring that you, the client, understand your health and safety responsibilities. It is a legal duty of everyone involved with the project to pay careful attention to health and safety regulations. The main regulations we would like to inform you about are the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (or CDM for short).

Everyone involved with a construction project (including domestic clients) has to comply with CDM regulations. The regulations apply to all building and construction projects, regardless of the size, duration and nature of the work.

When you select and appoint your project team they must be able to demonstrate they can deliver the project for you in a way that secures health and safety. This means they should have the necessary blend of skills, knowledge, training and experience.

The duties of the client

The duties of the client are to ensure suitable arrangements for managing the health and safety of a project are in place and that it is maintained and reviewed for its duration so that it is carried out in a way that manages the health and safety risks involved. As a domestic client however you can pass your responsibilities to other duty holders, as outlined below.

Your Contractor (builder) can be appointed or where there is going to be more than one contractor working on your project you can appoint a principal designer (such as an architect.)

The main duties that are to be carried out by the person that YOU appoint are to:

  • Ensure that there are suitable arrangements for overseeing the project, to include sufficient time and money for health and safety risks to be managed.
  • Have in place a clearly defined system for managing the project which sets out exactly who does what
  • Ensure that the work is carried out in such a way that risks to the health and safety of anyone working on the project are either eliminated or reduced to the lowest reasonably practicable level
  • Provide welfare facilities such as toilets, hot and cold water, drying facilities, and a means of heating food
  • Provide pre-construction information at an early stage to every contractor or designer being considered for appointment (e.g. the existence of asbestos or contaminated land)
  • Ensure that construction does not start until a construction plan is drawn up
  • Ensure that the Principal Designer prepares a health and safety file
  • Ensure that ‘notifiable’ projects are reported to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive)*
  • *A notifiable project is any project which exceeds 30 working days with more than 20 persons working simultaneously at any point in the project OR exceeds 500 person days. These projects must be advised to the HSE.

We are qualified to act as ‘Contractor’ or ‘Principle Contractor’ and can take over all the responsibilities giving you piece of mind

If you would like further information, you can visit the HSE website, but clicking either of the following links

The Management Team

Charles OKell

The man in the office… Charles has a management degree and a love of old properties, an experienced developer with a network of contacts he’s always bringing new ways of working to the table and with a dedication to customer service, Charles makes sure that the projects run smoothly by co-ordinating staff, materials and 3rd parties [engineers, building control etc].

John Trathen

A passionate Builder John first discovered his love of construction as a 14 year old doing work experience block paving; now some years and a few qualifications [Joinery, Tree Surgery, Roofing and CDM Co-ordination to name a few], along with Craig, John runs the sites for the company, with a wealth of knowledge and a can-do attitude John is popular with clients and staff alike.

Craig Williams

A traditional builder having been apprenticed as a brick layer at 17 [don’t ask how long ago that was!] – having served time all over [even in Germany] Craig has embraced the opportunity to manage full conversion projects from start to finish [ask him about the listed Church…] and was the origin of the company’s unofficial motto “we don’t do problems, we do solutions”.

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