What is set out in the article by Paul Morrell on the Scottish parliament building (3 September, page 40), albeit in different words, is nothing less than the need to comply with the CDM Regulations.

CDM has everything to do with setting up a project properly, but driven from the perspective of health and safety as good business.

Consider these requirements of the approved code of practice:

  • Clients must make arrangements to ensure that projects are properly managed at all stages.
  • In particular, the client’s arrangements should ensure that: the project allows enough time for design, planning, preparation and construction work; that the designers and contractors are competent and adequately resourced; and that the responsibilities are clear of those who have legal duties, and how far they interrelate.

Brian Law, Association of Planning Supervisors, by email