H & S – The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations

These cover issues concerning the management of Health & Safety required on construction sites. These Regulations place obligations on a client commissioning building works, which include, amongst others, a duty to appoint a Principle Designer and Principle Contractor on projects with more than one contractor, regardless if it is “notifiable” to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A project is deemed to be notifiable to the HSE, that is, where construction work is expected to involve more than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project, or is of shorter duration but expected to involve more than 500 person days. In both scenarios, it is important that the client can show, in the event of an accident, that he or she has encouraged impartial competent and sufficient resources for the role of Principle Designer. Arguably the contractor is not suitable for the role in that he has a vested interest to minimise costs and time, which might be to the detriment of Health & Safety. Our Project Manager partners have specific expertise to meet the client’s needs in this area.


Experienced professional advice/no conflict

Our Project Managers’ 100% focus is upon minimising the risks associated with a building contract, this means proper competitive procurement from competent, suitable contractors. The objective is to deliver the contract upon time, cost and at the expected quality, meeting the specific needs of the business.


Final account

Where there is no professional management of a fit-out contract, occupier clients are often “shocked” by high final account, which sweeps up all the costs of client variations. This is where your “investment” in our Project Management services will deliver returns. We will have procured the contract in sufficient detail to avoid additional unexpected costs. We will also negotiate the final account so that it is fair and reasonable.


Dilapidations on existing

As you terminate your existing lease, either via lease end or break clause, there will be a liability for dilapidations, to be negotiated and agreed, with the Landlord. Our Building Surveyors have specific expertise in this process and can negotiate this on your behalf to mitigate costs.


Your time saved to concentrate on your business

Clearly, the whole relocation exercise is very time-consuming. Appointing experts to deal with the management of this process saves you time and allows you to concentrate on your core business.


Delivering the proposal on time and cost

Our expertise in undertaking these kind of projects ensures you can manage the risks of time, cost and quality.

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