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Structural Design for domestic projects has for decades been undertaken using simple tools for analysis and design, but are these still appropriate to meet the demands of the 21st century client?

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Technology is undoubtedly part of our everyday life, but should we be content merely to be passengers on this ride into the future, or do we have a responsibility to guide its course for the benefit of humankind and the wider world?

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Important Announcement!

 We are delighted to welcome Graham, Tracey, Riccardo and Debbie of T & F Design Partnership into our team, with effect from 1st June 2015.

Regular customers will know that T & F Design moved into offices with us at The White Horse in Pampisford at the beginning of February, so for some months we have been working together and developing the best features of both firms to take forward into the future.

The legal formalities are almost completed, which will see the incorporation of T & F Design Partnership into Structural Engineers Cambridge Limited, and we look forward to serving all of our clients with the expertise, vigour and helpfulness that has made our respective practices successful over many years.

This is an exciting time for all of us, and it has been a source of great satisfaction to see how well our team has worked to make the changeover happen smoothly. We’re looking forward to the future and we’re happy to explain what it means and how we plan to bring our constantly improving service and capabilities to your benefit.

T & F Designs’ phone numbers and email addresses will be maintained, so you will be able to contact us on (01799) 531313 as well as (01223) 833555 – we look forward to hearing from you (but Riccardo's special cheesecake will be long gone by then...)

 

The HSE has published a simple guide for small builders working in domestic construction projects - it can be found on http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis80.pdf

When working for a domestic client, the principal contractor will normally take on the client duties (to ensure the project has a plan for managing health and safety risks) as well as their own as principal contractor. If a domestic client does not appoint a principal contractor, the role of the principal contractor must be carried out by the contractor in control of the construction phase. Alternatively, the domestic client can ask the principal designer to take on the client duties (although this must be confirmed in a written agreement) and the principal contractor must work to them as ‘client’ under CDM 2015.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/principal-contractors.htm

What is CDM and how does it affect me? Read this!
http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/index.htm
CDM stands for Construction Design and Managements Regulations and affects everyone involved with commissioning, designing or executing a construction project - even domestic clients.
The regulations have just changed and now even domestic clients are not exempt from the requirement to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor. Commercial clients are responsible for ensuring that proper arrangements for managing the project safely are put in place and reviewed throughout the life of the project.

The Principal Designer is a new role that brings with it the specific responsibility to ensure that the Designers working on the project discharge their duties to eliminate, minimise or manage health and safety risks throughout their appointment.

The Principal Designer will support the Client in making sure pre-construction information is provided to those who will need it during the project, they will work with the Principal Contractor to ensure that the health and safety implications of design aspects and later changes are properly considered. They will support the Principal Contractor in drawing up the construction phase plan and in developing the health and safety file to provide to the client at the end of the project.

From all this it can be seen that the duties are very real and apply to everyone involved in construction - even those who previously thought the regulations did not apply to them (although in fact they probably did!). Structural Engineers Cambridge will be providing further help and guidance in this area throughout the year, and if you have any queries regarding this please contact us - we're happy to help.

 

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