CDM 2015

All construction activities that are carried out by Campus Division staff or contractors on university buildings and infrastructure must be carried out in accordance with the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015.  The CDM 2015 regulations placed a number of new duties on existing defined roles, and created a number of new roles.

The regulations define a number of roles:

Client:  The Client for all Campus Division managed construction activities is the Chief Property Officer, on behalf on the University.  Since the Chief Property Officer cannot fulfill the role of Client for all of the CDM applicable activities carried out by the Campus Division, the day-to-day Client Representative role is fulfilled by an appropriate Head of Department or Project Officer/Manager named in the project CDM log (see below). 

Principal Designer: The Campus Division employs a range of competent staff such as Surveyors, Project Officers and M & E Designers, and therefore for all internal construction activities and Hard FM management projects this role is fulfilled by the Campus Division as an entity.  For major capital projects, the Principal Designer will usually be a project specialist brought in under contract for that purpose.

Principal Contractor:  For internal works carried out by departments within the Campus Division, the Campus Division will become the Principal Contractor if sub-contractors are utilised on the works, and so the Maintenance Manager or Project Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the Principal Contractor duties are carried out.  For works carried out by contractors then the main contractor will take on the role and duties of Principal Contractor.

The 2015 regulations removed the role of CDM Coordinator (CDM-C) and split the responsibilities between the above named roles.  As a result the Campus Division currently contracts with external CDM Advisors to provide advice and assistance on complex construction activities.  The current CDM Advisor is Chase Consulting Ltd, who are based within the Capital Development Directorate.  Chase Consulting will provide advice on construction safety matters as required, which will be charged to the individual project.  Routine safety advice and CDM advice for smaller projects can be obtained through the Campus Division Safety Team.

The Campus Division complies with the CDM 2015 regulations by following the procedure and documentation detailed below:

CDM (2015) Project Management 

Construction Project Management Log 

Maintenance Construction Log

Principal Designer Service Level Agreement 

HSP30b CDM Designers and Hazards Checklist 

HSP30c CDM Designers Risk Assessment 

HSP30e Pre-construction Information Template 

GC-13-06 Rules for Contractors Working on University Properties 

Please note that these documents are currently under review and may change in the near future.  To ensure that you are working with the latest version please check back on a regular basis.

Wherever possible, other University service divisions should follow this procedure when carrying out construction-based activities or arrange for them to be carried out as a Campus Division managed project.

For more information on CDM please contact the Campus Division Safety Team at