The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 seek to improve the planning and management of construction sites and thus safety and awareness. Regulations enforce responsibilities upon duty holders to a project including the client, principle contractor, contractor, and designer.
Ellis Belk Associates have experience in the role of CDM Co-ordinator under the CDM Regulations and provide this service to many of our clients including Dorset County Council, various Housing Associations and the RNLI. We are fully conversant with the relevant duties under the Regulations and advise our clients on theirs.
Our early experience (as lead designer and contract administrator) centred on complex, phased refurbishment projects for The Post Office and British Telecom. Royal Mail in particular has a statutory duty to remain operational and we quickly learnt the importance of pre-planning and especially to establish a phased approach to the works (and not to leave it up the contractor).
We also learnt how to:
- Protect public and staff from the construction works and from vehicle deliveries
- Temporary protection
- Identify/remove asbestos.
- Produce O & M manuals.
By 1995 we had sufficient experience to take on the role of Planning Supervisor (PS) and we were very regularly appointed on behalf of large corporate clients and local authorities.
These commissions included refurbishment/alterations and extensions to offices, leisure centres, law courts, care homes and schools, (our largest commission to date was a new school – Wyvern School in Weymouth).
More recently our Planning Supervision /CDM-Co-ordinator commissions have been dominated by small-medium housing developments (up to forty dwellings) throughout Southern England for Housing Associations.