Principal Designer Services

In 2015, MLA established a stand-alone Principal Designer Service to meet the requirements of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations. We provide standalone Principal Designer Services, and a Consultancy service to help both Clients and Principal Designers. Clients have a duty under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) to appoint a designer to be the principal designer with control over health and safety in the pre-construction phase of the project.

As an architectural practice we have the responsibility to always be mindful of safety issues and creating architecture that safeguards the well-being of the public goes to the core of everything we do.

Our clients have complimented our approach to CDM in meeting the necessary statutory requirements effectively, yet minimising bureaucracy and unnecessary paperwork, providing up-to-date and pragmatic advice. We believe in forming and maintaining close relationships with our clients through regular communication. This, together with having the necessary systems in place, ensures that we can give the right information, to the right people, at the right time – the key to effective management under CDM.

Michael Laurie Architects Ltd have the specialist skills of inhouse Principal Designer Elspeth McNeill and several of our team members have attend Association for Project Safety (APS) Accredited training in “Performing the Duties of a Principal Designer”.

Our lead Principal Designer, Elspeth, is a very experienced and professional CDM Consultant who has been appointed to over 200 projects, ranging from small domestic refurbishments to multi million-pound projects. The principal designer’s appointment is ideally made at concept design stage. The primary duty as principal designer is to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase to ensure that, as far as reasonably practical, the project is carried out without risks to health and safety.

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Michael Laurie Architects Ltd have achieved Alcumus SafeContractor accreditation (Certificate Number: WR1296)