25 August 2015


SMR is delighted to announce that following a formal assessment, Smalley Marsey Rispin Architects Ltd has been confirmed as Compliant on the CHAS accreditation database, under the CHAS Health & Safety Pre-Qualification Scheme, not only for the Designer criteria; but also the new Principal Designer role.

CDM 2015 Regulations came into force on the 6th April 2015 and under the new Regulations the CDM-Coordinator role has been superseded by a new Principal Designer role. Summary of CDM 2015 key changes:

  • New Principal Designer (PD) role replaces the CDM-C role with a big emphasis on managing Health & Safety during the pre-construction phase. Developing the Health & Safety File during the pre-construction phase.
  • New Client duties
    • Issue the F10
    • Provide the Pre-Construction information
    • Ensure the Principal Designer & Principal Contractor carry out their duties
    • Ensure adequate welfare is provided throughout the duration of the project
    • Ensure a Construction phase Health & Safety plan is drawn up.
  • Principal Contractor duties remain largely the same as CDM 2007.
  • Designer duties generally remain the same, other than liaising with the Principal Designer.

SMRs Service offering:

PD can be integrated into the architectural design offering  or a standalone service.

Integrated service benefits:

  • Health & Safety expertise and support within the office and integrated into the team
  • On hand to regularly review progression of the project throughout the design development
  • H&S reviewed at all key project at stages, from feasibility stage.

Mathew Smalley, Director at SMR Architects:

We are delighted to achieve CHAS accreditation as both Designers and Principal Designer. SMR place great emphasis on the importance of the Health & Safety, it is great to have this accreditation to demonstrate we are serious about the welfare of our people and the people we work with.

CHAS are established as the market leader for Health & Safety pre-qualification within the UK. They are recognised as an industry standard within the construction industry and are committed to avoiding duplication within prequalification arena and are a founder member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). CHAS main aims:

  1. To improve health and safety standards across Great Britain.
  2. To reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.