Principle Designer

The legislation covering any refurbishment work comes within current legislation The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

What is considered construction?

If the works do not effect or alter the fabric of the building or add to the fabric of the building, it is not considered construction examples maybe;

  • Movement or replacement of shop furniture

  • Movement or replacement of non fixed racking / display units

  • Replacement of boot walls already with fixing points

  • Graphic updates

Documents required – Risk Assessment and Method Statement


If the works do effect or alter the fabric of the building or add to the fabric of the building, it is considered construction examples maybe:

  • Full shop / refurbishment fit out of new development

  • Full or part refurbishment of existing retail area (Stand alone shop, concession area within store.

  • Demolish or the building of walls (stud or brick), ceiling, doors, flooring, mechanical, air conditioning, electrical 

Documents required:

  • If only one contractor - Risk Assessment and Method Statement

  • If more than one contractor – Construction Phase Plan, Risk Assessment, sub-contractors Risk Assessment and Method Statement.

When is a Principal Designer to be appointed?

A principal designer is a designer who is an organisation or individual (on smaller projects) with competence in design risks and CDM 2015 knowledge appointed by the client to take control of the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor.

Resolute acting as Principal Designers Duties include:

  • To plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase. In doing so they must take account of relevant information (such as an existing health and safety file) that might affect design work carried out both before and after the construction phase has started.

  • Help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information, and provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties.

  • Work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work and, where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks.

  • Ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required.

  • Liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase