CDM 2015

19 October, 2015

CDM Regulations 2015 has replaced the CDM Regulations 2007 with revised duty holder responsibilities and also placed enhanced responsibilities on Clients.

BPP Construction Consultants, acting as Principal Designer, can offer a support service that assists Clients comply with their legal responsibilities.

The role of the Principal Designer replaces that of the CDM Coordinator taking on many of the CDM Coordinator’s previous responsibilities.

The Client has overall health and safety responsibility for the successful execution of a project with the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor taking the lead over different phases.

Before work starts on site, the Client is required to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor – while ensuring that these dutyholders are able to demonstrate that they meet the core requirements to comply with their duties.

Client duties include

•  prepare a client brief
•  make and maintain management arrangements
•  raise a notification of project when applicable
•  make suitable appointments of other dutyholders
  make sure sufficient time and resources are allocated
  ensure relevant information is prepared and provided to other dutyholders
  provide background pre-construction health and safety information
  ensure a construction phase plan is in place for the start of site works and is maintained
  ensure suitable site welfare facilities are in place throughout the construction period
  ensure the Principal Designer prepares a health and safety file, to be passed on when an asset is sold

Role of the Principal Designer

For construction sites where it is anticipated that there will be more than one contractor, Clients have a responsibility to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor.

The Principal Designer’s role is to plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of health and safety in the pre-construction design phase of the project (overlapping with construction).

In undertaking the role of Principal Designer BPP will assist the Client with the project set up, identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information and distribute, advise on missing information, co-ordinate health and safety, ensure designers comply with their duties, liaise with the Principal Contractor, prepare the health and safety file or pass responsibility to the Principal Contractor.

BPP Construction Consultants meets Principal Designer core requirements through having the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to carry out this role by taking into account the general principles of prevention and so far as is reasonably practicable helping to identify and eliminate or control foreseeable risks.

For more information on The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 visit:

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Palm Court, London N13

18 September, 2015

BPP is pleased to confirm completion of the project at the Southgate Town Hall site. The site was secured by Hollybrook and BPP introduced the affordable element of the scheme to Home Group. The affordable element of the scheme comprises 18 mixed tenure residential flats.

The project finished on time , within budget and to a good standard.

BPP’s team provided employer’s agent and site inspector services on the project.

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Southgate from Hollybrook website (living rm)

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New Client – Bio Products Laboratory Ltd

17 August, 2015

BPP is delighted to announce its appointment by a new client, Bio Products Laboratory Ltd (BPL) for provision of Construction Cost Consultancy Services.

BPL manufactures a wide range of plasma products and has been involved in the processing of human plasma since 1950 when it was first established as part of the Lister Institute by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

BPL is based in Elstree and processes in excess of 650 tonnes of plasma per year.

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Graphite Point, Cadmium Square, London E2

3 July, 2015

Guinness has launched Graphite Point, Cadmium Square, London E2.  The development comprises a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments located on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in Bethnal Green.  All apartments have private outside space and many boast scenic views along the canal and over to Mile End Ecology Park.

BPP’s team provided employer’s agent and site inspector services on the project.

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BPP Photographic Evening

10 June, 2015

BPP hosted a Drinks Party to view a Photographic Exhibition on Thursday 4th June 2015 at The Grazing Goat. A photography exhibition was produced and presented by a group of six talented photography students studying on their final year of an HND in Photography at the London College of Contemporary Arts.

Celebrating the 3rd year of the collaboration between BPP and LCCA, a number of students were invited to creatively respond to the theme of “Construction”. The selected students had the opportunity to spend one day on one of BPP’s landmark developments. The project selected was the Regency Apartments scheme being developed by City Style at Wenlock Road N1.

The Regency Apartments development consists of two blocks of seven to eight storeys and a landscaped communal garden. It will provide 74 luxury homes of which 68 will be for private sale and six for shared ownership. These sought-after properties will have commercial space on the ground floor, adding to the surrounding boutique stores.

The students photographed the site and produced unique and innovative interpretations of their surroundings focusing on form, texture, and light.

Overall a successful evening with a good turnout, complimented by flavoursome food and drinks.

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L&Q 2015 Consultants Framework

1 June, 2015

BPP is pleased to confirm appointment on the L&Q 2015 Consultants Framework for Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Employer’s Agent Services.

L&Q recently launched L&Q 2020, a landmark five-year plan which underlines the housing association’s charitable objectives, places customer service at its heart and commits to the delivery of 50,000 new homes.

BPP looks forward to working with London & Quadrant on the above initiative.

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Wates Community Day at Maidenhead

15 May, 2015

BPP is working with One Housing Group in the redevelopment of the Kidwells Estate in Maidenhead which will help to create a diverse residential community.
One Housing Group’s construction partner on the project, Wates Living Space hosted a community day at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Maidenhead. The playground caters for children and adults with all types of special need which had a play area that was in need of a makeover.
BPP graduates – Joseph Mason and Jake Russell – joined in to help out with the works which included jet wash cleaning the rubber surface, staining a storage/office hut, repainting a playhouse, repainting obstacle tyres and reroofing a storage hut.

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BPP Photographic Evening

1 April, 2015

BPP is hosting its annual Photographic Evening on Thursday  on 4th June 2015.

The event comprises a drinks evening along with an exhibition of photographs featuring a designated construction site. This year we’ve chosen Wenlock Road to feature in our exhibition.

BPP works with One Housing Group in the development of Wenlock Road. The Wenlock Road development consists of two blocks of seven to eight storeys and a landscaped communal garden. It will provide 74 luxury homes of which 68 will be for private sale and six for shared ownership. These sought-after properties will have commercial space on the ground floor, adding to the surrounding boutique stores.

Invitations will be issued by late April 2015.

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Hallsville Quarter, Canning Town

1 February, 2015

BPP has continued services for One Housing on the next phase of this multi million pound mixed used regeneration scheme in Canning Town. Phase 2 comprising 55 shared ownership units is starting on site in early 2015. Phase 1 comprises 71 units of affordable housing, consisting of 51 for affordable rent and 20 for shared ownership and completes in March 2014.

The project is being procured via a Sales and Purchase Agreement. BPP’s team has been extensively involved in working with One Housing and their legal advisors in the agreement of the legal documentation. The common goal was to create a high quality ‘landmark’ regeneration scheme on time and with the best price and value.

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Changes to CDM regulations

12 January, 2015

Changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations will come into force in April 2015.

The principal changes are as follows:

  • Strengthening of Client duties;
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients;
  • Replacement of CDM Coordinator by a Principal Designer for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety and preparation of the health & safety file. The change has been made to ensure that the organisation to carry out this new role is appointed early by the Client.
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects where there will be more than one contractor working on the project;
  • Replacement of explicit requirement for dutyholder competence with need for appropriate Skills, Knowledge and Experience;
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level – F10 is now only required for projects lasting more than 500 person days, or lasting more than 30 days with more than 20 workers simultaneously.

Transitional Arrangements for CDM Coordinators

When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there will be a transitional period that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.

For projects starting before 6 April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and the client has not yet appointed a CDM co-ordinator, the client must appoint a principal designer as soon as it is practicable.

If the CDM co-ordinator has already been appointed, a principal designer must be appointed to replace the CDM co-ordinator by 6 October 2015, unless the project comes to an end before then.

In the period it takes to appoint the principal designer, the appointed CDM co-ordinator should comply with the duties contained in Schedule 4 to the new CDM 2015 Regulations. These duties reflect the existing requirements under CDM 2007 for the CDM co-ordinator rather than requiring CDM co-ordinators to act as principal designers.

BPP has a great range of skills to add to the general slick & professional offer.

Doug Sergeant, Senior Development Manager - Home Group

BPP gave an excellent service and provided lots of expertise and advice…

Carol Eastwick - Estuary Housing Association

I have always found that BPP give clear and accessible advice.

Mark Klimt, Partner – DWF Solicitors

BPP provided a robust service and in my view exceeded expectation.

Alison Olugunna – Genesis Housing Association

Always very professional and pro-active.

Rose-Marie St Mart – Estuary Housing Association

BPP have continued to maintain high levels of service

Rod Constanti – East Thames Group

BPP is providing a very professional service for Guinness in the delivery of a multi million pound private scheme…

Raj Upadhyaya, Executive Director of Investment & Commercial – The Guinness Partnership

BPP continue to provide an excellent service with attention to detail and a real focus on us…

Andrew Stubley, Operations Director of Development – One Housing

BPP has always understood our requirements… …they offer a very high quality service.

Will Downs – BMG Music Publishing Ltd


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