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Talks and lectures

How to advise your clients on their CDM duties

This seminar will explore the role of the architect as principal designer. It will focus on issues faced by architects around advising clients in accordance with the CDM 2015 regulations.

Since the health and safety executive's CDM 2015 regulations came into effect, architects have been embracing the newly created principal designer role. This seminar will explore the role of the architect as principal designer, focusing on issues around advising clients in accordance with the CDM 2015 regulations.

In this seminar, we will explore:

  • the advantages and restrictions created by the flexibility built into legislation
  • the different models of delivery
  • how to help clients understand the impact of their choices
  • the actions and engagement required at different phases of a project to successfully deliver the role
  • the effects of different procurement routes and contract versus legislation
  • the types of clients and client bodies, and impacts of working for domestic clients
  • the different industries and sectors
  • the benefits of introducing CDM duties into your practice and to your clients
  • the good, the bad, and the ugly: different scenarios and wearing multiple hats

By attending this seminar, you will gain an understanding of when you should be adopting the role of principal designer, whilst discussing the topic from a legal, ethical and moral perspective. You will understand your legal obligations in this role, and learn about effective engagement techniques to ensure clients understand the impact of their decisions.

To book your place, please email or call 029 2022 8987.


Paul Bussey, AHMM Architects

Paul is a RIBA chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience in both large and small practices in the UK and abroad.

Paul is currently technical consultant at the Stirling Prize 2015 award-winning practice AHMM. He has developed a technical expertise in the application of all types of building-related legislation and constructional guidance.

In parallel, he provides CDM, principal designer, fire strategy engineering and inclusive design services, as well as quality management and project compliance services. He sits on various HSE, RIBA and CIC Health and Safety expert committees and is an IMaPS member of the Association for Project Safety.

Paul was part of the CITB/HSE Industry Guidance team for Designers under CDM 2015, and has authored 'CDM 2015: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers' (RIBA Publishing).

Core Curriculum topics:

  • health, safety and wellbeing
  • legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
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