What We Do
Involved from the start or at a very early stage, The Project Manager sits with the client and uses their skills and experience to ensure that the project is properly initiated, change control is managed and the project delivers its objectives. The level of detail can be tailored to suit the client’s needs.
Based on experience working on both the contractor and client side, Richardson Hall offers an alternative more nimble and agile procurement route distinct from the traditional Architect and Main Contractor led arrangements.
Rather than appointing a single Main Contractor, the Client will engage directly with contractors, assisted by Richardson Hall, to ensure that contractual and statutory obligations are satisfied.
The benefit is greater transparency and flexibility regarding costs and programme. Contractors will generally be happier to engage with the client and there is more scope to agree terms that will be beneficial to all parties. Often the Contractors appointed are the same ones that would engage with the Main Contractor. So, the same level of professionalism and competence is delivered without falling foul of the additional cost and politics of a Main Contractor appointment.
Construction is still one of the riskiest industries in the United Kingdom. In 2019 the Health & Safety Executive recorded 30 workplace fatalities on construction site. Only Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing recorded a higher number of fatalities.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, or CDM regs, exist to reduce the numbers of injuries and fatalities on construction sites in the UK. They aim to improve health and safety in construction by helping to:
- Sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time
- Cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- Communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
For more information refer to this guide produced by the health & safety executive – https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.pdf
Richardson Hall has extensive experience in working within the CDM regs both client and contractor side. We can advise on any aspect of the CDM regulations but we are able to offer specific services in relation to two of the duties:
By law, a Principal Designer must be appointed on all construction projects with more than one contractor.
The Principal Designer is tasked with planning, managing and monitoring the pre-construction phase of the project. That can include preparing and providing relevant information to other duty holders and members of the project team, identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks, helping designers (Architects, Engineers etc) fulfil their obligations. There is also the handover when the pre-construction phase is complete.
In common with the Principal Designer, a Principal Contractor must be appointed on all construction projects with more than one contractor.
The Principal Contractor is tasked with planning, managing and monitoring the construction phase of the project. That can include producing the construction phase plan, organising cooperation between contractors, coordinating health and safety legal requirements, applying the principles of risk prevention to construction activities , providing site inductions, ensuring that welfare facilities meet the required standards, and coordinating with other members of the project team.
Richardson Hall has the experience and knowledge to take on the duty of Principal Designer and assist the Client in taking on the duty of Principal Contractor. These roles can be rolled up in a single appointment which will reduce the number of parties involved and further streamline the project.
We often get involved with a client’s initial business case leading to more detailed tendering, forecasting, and reporting. This adds value to the client by providing greater transparency and flexibility regarding costs and programme.
Employers Agent/Contract Administrator
This is a duty appointed when using specific types of contracts. The role ensures that both sides of the contract act correctly.
Construction Phase Monitoring
Funders and investors need certainty that a project will hit milestones and deliver the required return on investment. We can visit projects at key points and provide updates against key performance indicators.
Within a project there may be packages of work that require additional supervision. They may have business or project critical dependencies or may simply be outside of the client’s comfort zone. We can focus solely on these areas and provide the client or project manager with regular updates on progress, activities plans, problems, help and support required.
Rather than a complete appointment, we can provide ad-hoc advice to clients. This is especially useful on smaller projects who may not need the support or expense of a full time consultant but need guidance from time to time.