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Must there be a principal contractor?

You have a relatively minor construction project in the pipeline and you want to use a selection of small contractors to do the work. However, none are set up to manage the whole project, i.e. be the principal contractor. Does this matter? More...


Q&A - can the client be principal contractor?


Can you wear several construction hats?

You’re really struggling to get a contractor to act as a principal contractor on a small project. Plus, your architect isn’t keen on being the principal designer. Can you give up on them and do the job yourself? More...


Extracting safety details from the client

If you’re a construction contractor, in theory your clients should tell you in advance everything you need to know for safety purposes. However, in practice they may need a nudge. Use our document to request this information. More...


Setting construction works off on the right foot

When you employ contractors to undertake construction work, you have a legal duty to provide them with sufficient information about the job and site. Achieve this using our scope of works document. More...


Thinking of DIY construction?

If you’re planning alterations to your building you might be tempted to keep the costs down by engaging subcontractors directly. But be careful that you don’t unwittingly overstretch yourself as one firm did. What happened? More...


How to appoint a principal designer

Your company is planning an extension for which you have obtained outline planning permission. One of your jobs is to appoint a principal designer (PD) but your architect doesn’t want the role. What do you do? More...


A brief guide to the principal designer role

The role of principal designer was introduced by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. What does it involve and when must the appointment be made? More...


Are you a construction client?

When you have building work carried out you must ensure that you fulfil certain health and safety obligations. The days of leaving it all to the contractor are long gone. Our new checklist will help you through the latest regulations. More...


Clients’ duties to provide information

If you’re planning any construction work the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 place you under a duty to provide “pre-construction information”. Who needs this and what does it include? More...
Last updated: 08.07.2020

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