The design coordination role at the pre-construction stage of construction projects


The importance of the concept of prevention through design (PtD) to the alleviation of the problem of poor health and safety (H&S) management in the construction industry is widely acknowledged. It has been adopted in the regulatory framework for H&S in the UK construction industry through the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) which place on the project client obligations with emphasis on coordination of H&S at the pre-construction stage of the project by a client-appointed ‘Principal Designer’ (PD). Unfortunately, research into the implementation of CDM 2015 into actual practice at the pre-construction stage has been patchy. The paper reports, with respect to the PD role, on part of research undertaken to respond to this gap. It involved surveys of clients and practitioners via fourteen focus group discussion sessions with over eighty participants to develop knowledge and understanding of the PD role. The research issues included: appointments to the role; structures for discharge of the role; day-to-day functions of the PD; remuneration arrangements; and common challenges regarding the PD.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. Funding: This research has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 837721.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building and Construction,Civil and Structural Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1466-4321
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 07:58
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-09-07
Published Online Date: 2021-09-07
Accepted Date: 2021-08-16
Authors: Ndekugri, Issaka
Ankrah, Nii A. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9221-0096)
Adaku, Ebenezer

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