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Hospital, CDM services

Safer Sphere appointed dual role at King Edward VII Hospital, London

We are pleased to have been appointed CDM Client Advisor and Principal Designer Advisor on a new project at King Edward VII Hospital in London. The private hospital has close connections with the Royal family and more recently has had a visit from the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Safer Sphere appointed on new distribution warehouse in Wolverhampton

Great news, we have been appointed Principal Designer Advisor by UMC Architects on the new ‘4 Ashes’ project in Wolverhampton. The project involves the construction of a new distribution warehouse on a former brownfield site and will consist of a 2-storey office, hub with an entrance gatehouse, associated car parking and hardstanding for haulage vehicles.

Safer Sphere appointed on new residential scheme in Tunbridge Wells

Safer Sphere is delighted to have been appointed Client Advisor and Principal Designer Advisor on a new 7-storey residential apartment block in Tunbridge Wells. The project will comprise 3 brand new commercial units, 11 mews houses and a community room.

Safer Sphere welcomes new Associate Director

Safer Sphere is pleased to welcome this month Simon Jones who has joined the business in the role of Associate Director and CDM Construction Safety Consultant. Simon has worked in the construction industry for over 45 years and has a wealth of experience across multiple sectors. Simon has worked on various high profile projects in his career including  Liverpool  John Lennon Airport, City of Salford Community Stadium,  the Trafford Centre, Media City and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

 

Safer Sphere appointed on Ablett House re-cladding

Safer Sphere has been appointed as Principal Designer Advisor on the re-cladding project at Ablett House student accommodation in Liverpool. The works involve the removal of the existing aluminium external façade cladding and replacing with new fire-rated aluminium cladding.  Safer Sphere will be supporting the project through RIBA Stages 1 – 7 and helping the client discharge their duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM15).

Safer Sphere appointed dual role on Quadrant House refurbishment

Safer Sphere has been appointed the roles of CDM Client Advisor and Principal Designer Advisor on the Quadrant House refurbishment in Crawley. The project will see a new/refurbished mechanical and electrical installation as part of a comprehensive refurbishment and fit-out of the 5t Floor.

Safer Sphere continues to grow after 5 years in Construction Health and Safety

North West based Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2015 (CDM 2015) Advisors, Safer Sphere celebrate their 5th year in Construction Health Safety this December. The CDM Health and Safety experts have gone from strength to strength over the past few years, not only doubling their client base but have also doubled in size too. The business has hired 4 new team members to add to their existing team in the past year, with more hires planned in the New Year.

Although CDM support is niche, all construction projects must adhere to CDM 2015 regulations and it is this requirement that has seen a high demand for the Safer Sphere team.  Since the company started in 2012 they have been involved with numerous high profile projects and more recently, have been appointed on projects such as Media City’s Alchemist, Noma Angel Meadows, Timber Wharf and Advisors to cardboard Manufacturer, Prowell, on their new mega-plant in Ellesmere Port.

Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “Safer Sphere delivers a niche service to assist the construction industry and CDM duty holders enabling them to effectively discharge their duties applied to them by the CDM Regulations, and related health & safety legislation. Our year on year growth is in part down to the changes from CDM 2007 to CDM 2015. These new regulations, brought in by the HSE on the 6th April 2015, apply to the whole construction process and projects from concept to completion. These regulations must be adhered to by law but can also be very complex and we have been able to support and educate our clients so that they meet their legal obligations. Our team are not just Health and Safety experts but are experts in their field, as we have experienced Architects, Surveyors and Civil Engineers all under one roof. The Safer Sphere team has doubled in size and I am pleased to see the business grow as the demand for our services increases.

We continue to support clients and projects of all sizes in the industry and we are finding that our clients are coming back to us, which is credit to the expertise of our team.”

Safer Sphere operates nationwide from their office in the North West. Mike Forsyth will be sharing his expertise on the subject at the up-and-coming National Housing Maintenance Forum conference in January.

Client Duties CDM

What Are The Clients Duties CDM15?

Part 2 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM15) covers Client duties in relation to the pre-construction and the construction phases. Sufficient time and resources must be made for managing a project. Arrangements made by a Client can be considered suitable if the work on the construction site can be carried out without risk to health or safety of any person affected by the project and that the minimum welfare facilities required for construction sites (Schedule 2 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015) are provided in respect to anyone carrying out the work. It is the client’s duty to see that these arrangements are reviewed throughout the project and that they are maintained to the recognised standard.

Managing Projects

During the pre-construction phase, the Client must provide information to each and every designer or contractor who has been appointed or is being considered for appointment. The client must ensure that the [Principal] Contractor draws up a construction phase plan and that the Principal Designer prepares a Health and Safety file for the project appropriate to the characteristics of the project which must contain information relating to the project which is likely to be needed during any subsequent project, such as extension, refurbishment or demolition, to ensure the health and safety of any person in the future. Every time new or appropriate information becomes available, the Health and Safety file will be revised with appropriate relevancy. It is the responsibility of the Client to ensure that the Health and Safety file is kept available for inspection for any person who may require to see it in order to comply with any relevant legal requirements.

It is the duty of the Client to take reasonable steps to ensure that the Principal Designer complied with all Principal Designer duties and that the Principal Contractor complies with the Principal Contractor duties set out in CDM15. Should the Client not appoint a Principal Designer or Principal Contractor, the duties of these roles will automatically become the responsibility of the Client. Should the Client sell or lease the property to a third party, that is if one client disposes interest in the structure to another, it is the responsibility to provide the Health and Safety file to the person acquiring the client’s interest in the structure.

Where there are many clients involved in the structure, they may agree in writing that for the purpose of the CDM Regulations one client will be responsible; the only Client for the Construction project. Only the Client(s) agreed in writing are subject to the duties owed by a client under the CDM Regulations. While a person with a duty or function under these Regulations must cooperate with any other person working on or in relation to a project, at the same or an adjoining construction site, to the extent necessary to enable any person with a duty or function to fulfil that duty or function. Any person who is required by these Regulations to provide information or instruction must ensure the information or instruction is comprehensible and provided as soon as is practicable.

Appointment Of The Principal Designer And The Principal Contractor

Where it is reasonably foreseeable that more than one contractor will be working on a project, the client must appoint in writing a Principal Designer to control the pre-construction phase and one contractor to oversee the construction; a Principal Contractor. These appointments must be made as soon as possible, and certainly must be in place before the construction phase begins, or as previously stated, the duties and responsibilities of the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will become the responsibility of the Client.

HSE Notification

Where a construction project is to last longer than 30 working days, have more than 20 workers at any point in the project or exceed 500 person days, then it is Notifiable. Where a project is notifiable, it is the Clients responsibility to give notice to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in writing before the construction phase begins.

The details of CDM15 Schedule 1 must be contained in the Notice:

Regulation 6
SCHEDULE 1
Particulars to be notified under regulation 6 (Notification)
1. The date of forwarding the notice.
2. The address of the construction site or precise description of its location.
3. The name of the local authority where the construction site is located.
4. A brief description of the project and the construction work that it entails.
5. The following contact details of the client: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
6. The following contact details of the principal designer: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
7. The following contact details of the principal contractor: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
8. The date planned for the start of the construction phase.
9. The time allocated by the client under regulation 4(1) for the construction work.
10. The planned duration of the construction phase.
11. The estimated maximum number of people at work on the construction site.
12. The planned number of contractors on the construction site.
13. The name and address of any contractor already appointed.
14. The name and address of any designer already appointed.
15. A declaration signed by or on behalf of the client that the client is aware of the client duties under these Regulations.

This notice must be clearly displayed in construction site office in a form that can be read by any worker, any changes to the Notice must be updated as necessary.

Application To Domestic Clients

Previously left out of the CDM Regulations, Domestic Clients are now enshrined in law under CDM15. Where a client is domestic, the client’s duties must be carried out by a contractor where there is only one contractor, a Principal Contractor where there is more than one Contractor or a Principal Designer where there is a written agreement for the undertaking from the Principal Designer. If a domestic client does not make appointments of a Principal Contractor or Principal Designer, the designer in control of the pre-construction phase becomes the Principal Designer and the contractor in charge of the Construction Phase becomes the Principal Contractor. In a domestic situation, the client will not have duties under CDM15.

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Safer Sphere appointed on Angel Meadows scheme

Safer Sphere has been appointed Client CDM Advisors and Principal Designer Advisors for the £235m residential scheme around Angel Meadows in Manchester. The development will consist of more than 750 flats in several high-rise buildings next to the Co-op’s NOMA building. This will be an exciting project to work on with building work commencing in early 2018.