CDM Regulations

CDM Regulations help ensure the safe build, use and maintenance of your construction project.

At FEG, we offer full CDM support to ensure you meet HSE regulatory requirements. Services include:

  • CDM consultancy
  • Client support
  • Principal Designer duties
  • Principal Contractor duties

What are CDM Regulations?

CDM Regulations, or Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, outline the health, safety and welfare duties legally required for people involved in a construction project.

They apply to all construction work, including new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, repair and maintenance.

Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in and encompasses an array of people from different disciplines. CDM Regulations form a vital role in integrating their skills and services from initial planning and design stages, right through to construction and completion.

What is a duty holder?

 A duty holder is any contractor, designer or client involved in a project.

Under CDM Regulations 2015, there are five defined duty holders:


All duty holders have CDM responsibilities, with the Principal Contractor and Designer having overall responsibility for the others.

Although there can be multiple contractors and designers working on a project, there can only be one Principal Contractor and one Principal Designer appointed by the client.

Our CDM Services

We provide a full suite of services to help you meet your CDM requirements.

Our team of experts can offer impartial advice and CDM consultancy to assist you in understanding and applying the latest CDM regulations as well as providing support to Principal Designers and Principal Contractors to perform their expanded duties.

Where required, we can take on the duty role as Principal Designer and/or Principal Contractor on your behalf.

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Principal Designer

We have the in-house capability to support and advise you on how to comply with CDM regulations during a construction project notifiable to the HSE. We are able to ensure that your Principal Designer duties are carried out, giving you the peace of mind that you have an effective Health & Safety Management Plan in place.

As your Principal Designer our duties include:

  • Considering if construction work is a notifiable project
  • Notifying details of the project to HSE
  • Issuing and managing the F10 notification
  • Providing advice and collating the project pre-construction and health and safety information pack on behalf of the client and Principal Contractor
  • Advising and assisting the client with their legal duties
  • Defining and outlining the construction project
  • Coordinating health and safety aspects of design work
  • Co-operating with others involved within the project
  • Facilitating good communication between the client, designer and Principal Contractor
  • Liaising with the Principal Contractor regarding ongoing design work
  • Identifying, collecting and passing on pre-construction information
  • Preparing the health and safety file 

Principal Contractor Support  

Our engineers are fully trained in the latest CDM regulations and can act as your Principal Contractor even in large-scale or complex industry projects.

As your Principal Contractor our duties include:

  • Liaising with the other duty holders
  • Managing the construction phase
  • Preparing the construction phase plan
  • Ensuring welfare facilities are provided
  • Providing a site induction
  • Securing the site
  • Appointing contractors and workers
  • Providing the right management and supervision
  • Engaging contractors and workers
  • Monitoring the risks on site
  • Contributing to the health and safety file

CDM Regulations 2015

CDM Regulations 2015 are the most recent set of regulations. CDM Regulations 2015 revise and combine the previous CDM Regulations 2007 and Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 into a single regulatory package.

The CDM Regulations 2015 are divided into five parts:

  • Part 1 – the commencement, interpretation and application of the regulations
  • Part 2 – the client’s general duties that apply to all construction projects and the appointment of the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor
  • Part 3 – health and safety duties and additional duties that only apply to notifiable construction projects
  • Part 4 – general and practical requirements that apply to all construction sites
  • Part 5 – general enforcement, transitional arrangements and revocations
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Notifiable vs non-notifiable

Under CDM Regulations, projects are split into notifiable and non-notifiable, depending on the duration of the build and number of onsite working days involved. 

Construction Management

Construction management is an advantage on large projects where our specialist knowledge can inform key decisions such as procurement and construction strategy and advise on CDM requirements. FEG’s team of engineers has delivered cradle-to-grave projects for clients across sectors including food, pharma, nuclear and paper.

Construction management services:

  • Procurement advice
  • Contract management/tendering
  • Sub-contractor appointment
  • Site supervision/management
  • Project consultancy and advice
  • Managing site inspections
  • KPI monitoring
  • Cost control
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Need support interpreting CDM regulations?

Our CDM-trained expert engineers and project managers can help with your next project. We can provide consultancy as well as perform Principal Contractor and Principal Designer duties.