Wardell Armstrong have been providing health and safety advice, Principal Designer (CDM-PD) and Designer services as per the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) for clients since 2005. We help our clients to manage risks; appoint the right people at the right time; ensure that the people have the right skills and experience; facilitate cooperation, coordination and communication; promote health and safety consultation and engagement with construction workers.

CDM applies to ‘all’ construction work with the threshold for CDM-PD and Principal Contractor appointments being where there is more than one contractor. Project notification to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a standalone requirement and not the trigger point for appointments by the client.

Designers reduce or control risks through the design process and provide project risk information with their design documents and drawings. The risks that cannot be eliminated or reduced during the design phase are referred to the Principal Designer.

The Principal Designer acts as the conduit for the flow of health and safety information whilst managing and co-ordinating the project design phase. The CDM-PD’s co-ordination function is an integral part of the project and involves the planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordination of the pre-construction phase; ensuring that designers are compliant with their CDM duties; facilitating cooperation with the client and supporting them in providing the pre-construction information.

We have many years of consulting experience providing our clients with professional health and safety services. Our expertise is underpinned by skilled, knowledgeable, NEBOSH-trained and experienced staff who hold industry-recognised qualifications and maintain their chartered membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and other professional bodies, including the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In addition to CDM-PD services, our consultancy capabilities include training, asbestos management surveys, fire risk assessment, management systems audits and expert witness advice and guidance.

The client to a construction project may choose to appoint a CDM Adviser to advise and support them with discharging their duties under the CDM regulations.

Wardell Armstrong provides client advice and support on project matters including the preparation of client project briefs; setting the essential skills, knowledge, training and experience proportionate to the brief; the written appointments of the Principal roles (designer and contractor); supervision of designers and contractors; appraising the allocation of time and appropriate project resources; giving reassurance that project management arrangements are maintained and regularly reviewed; coordinating the provision of pre-construction health and safety information; reviewing and commenting on the content of construction phase plans and project health and safety files; advising on design, construction, maintenance and cleaning issues that may compromise any persons health and safety or endanger their wellbeing during the lifecycle of the project and completed structure.

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