SMS Alba partners with Architects to become the Health and Safety Advisor to the Principal Designer. The vast majority construction projects that SMS Alba has already completed is for Domestic and Small Business clients. Together this partnership fulfils the Role of Principal Designer as set out in the CDM 2015 regulations.

Principal Designer Role

A principal designer must be a designer as defined by the regulations and must be able to demonstrate they have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience (SKE), and where they are an organisation, the organisational capability, to carry out the work they are being appointed for. The level of SKE should be proportionate to the complexity of the project and the range and nature of the risks involved.

This will involve having:

  • The technical knowledge of the construction industry relevant to the project
  • The ability to understand, manage and coordinate the pre-construction phase (including ensuring that significant and foreseeable risks are managed through the design process) and any design work carried out after construction begins.