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By Mike Taylor, Santia Consulting Ltd
The fanfare of publicity which accompanied the introduction of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) has died away, but since the April 6 launch, what’s actually happened?
Naturally, construction phase plans have been drawn up for each and every new project. Principal Designers have been appointed in all cases where more than one contractor has been engaged. Right..?
Ok, so that’s probably not what has happened, but having said that, are there any early indications that the construction sector has been struggling with the new legislation?
At this stage, it’s hard to tell – there are murmurings that the design community may not have welcomed its new responsibilities with open arms, but beyond that, things seem to have gone a bit quiet.
Of course, that will all change when the first prosecution under CDM 2015 takes place. Many people are looking for a steer on perceived grey areas within the law (for instance, can a construction phase plan for a low risk job be made up of existing information, or does it have to be an additional and distinct document?) and enforcement action may help to provide further clarification.
The question of whether the new regulations have brought about any unintended consequences is one which also requires answering. One of the main aims of CDM 2015 was to reduce the amount of paperwork generated, but it has yet to be established whether this (or indeed the opposite) has been achieved.
What are your experiences of CDM 2015? Has implementation been seamless or have there been significant problems since the law was introduced?