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Construction Design Management Regulations 2015



The aim of this blog is to briefly outline the key changes introduced in the CDM Regulations 2015. In this introduction to CDM 2015 we’ll take a look at the eight main changes which are:

  1. The CDM 2015 Regulations have a simplified structure

  2. Clients’ responsibilities have been strengthened and broadened

  3. The exemption for Domestic Clients has been removed

  4. The role of CDM Coordinator has been removed

  5. The new role of Principal Designer has been introduced to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the pre-construction (design) phase

  6. Notification of the project to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been removed as a trigger point for additional duties

  7. The requirement for ‘competence’ has been removed and replaced with ‘skills, knowledge, experience and training’ and ‘organisational capability’


The CDM 2015 Regulations have a simplified structure The new structure aligns itself more with the process delivering a construction project which will generally be: Concept/Idea leading into the design stage and onto the construction phase which in turn leads to the handover of the project and future use through to possible end of life/ deconstruction. Duty Holders are: Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Designer and Contractor. Clients’ responsibilities have been strengthened and broadened The Client is now responsible for making the arrangements by which the project will be managed and ensuring that those arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the life of the project. This is a significant change to the 2007 regulations and one that many clients dislike. The Client now has a significant role in the construction project and in particular, setting the standards for a positive safety culture throughout the project and being a major influencer thro