The long awaited draft guidance on the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 was published last week.

The Regulations will come into force on 6 April 2015 which does not give the industry too much time to digest the contents of the guidance. However the Regulations contain enhanced transitional provisions to cover projects which are already underway on 6 April 2015. These will allow for CDM coordinators already appointed on projects which span 6 April 2015 to remain in post for six months, or to the end of the project, whichever is earlier. It is not clear what position a project which commences on 7 April 2015 would be and therefore there may be a push to commence projects slightly earlier to come within this transitional period.There is, of course, always the risk that when the Regulations go through Parliamentary approval they may be changed again. At present the Regulations and guidance are based on the 2014 Consultation. 

The draft guidance is lengthy and runs to some 84 pages. One of the main changes is the replacement of the CDM coordinator role by that of principal designer. The intention of the new Regulations is to recognise the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and that they are best placed to set standards throughout a project. It is also hoped that the provisions regarding competence will provide clarity to both individuals and organisations so that they can assess and demonstrate the construction project teams are able to deliver safely construction projects. 

Any organisation considering or participating in construction activities should be aware of and make preparations to meet the requirements of the new Regulations.

The draft guidance can be found here.