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Extra CDM costs for clients


CLIENTS FACE thousands of pounds of extra costs if they are to comply with the new Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations following their launch next month.

Research published last week by the Construction Client Group (CCG) reveals that clients face significant extra costs when they hand health and safety duties to a CDM co-ordinator.

Under Regulation 9, clients are responsible for health and safety on projects until they hand their duties to a competent body, known as the CDM coordinator. Consulting engineers are among those expected to take on this role and charge clients a fee for the service.

The CCG revealed at NCE's Implementing CDM 2007 conference last week, that to meet their responsibilities on a £20M project, clients will have to spend some £30,000.

On a smaller £50,000 project the CCG claimed it would cost around £500.

CCG representative and BBC construction safety specialist Mark Poole said the group was shocked by the figures it had pulled together.

Health & Safety Executive principle specialist inspector Andrew East claimed the extra costs were insignicant in the context of what was intended to be achieved.

'The regulations are not particularly onerous. These regulations are about making a difference to reduce risks in the construction process.'

Project size Project cost Cost of CDM

Very large £20M £30,000

Large £10M £25,000

Medium £5M £25,000

Small £300,000 £850

Very small £50,000 £500

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