Complying with health & safety regulations and managing their application can be complex and challenging.

The Silver Difference

As an independent consultancy, Silver can advise on all aspects of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and the implementation of health and safety legislation.

We offer a comprehensive range of health and safety and compliance services and manage construction projects with the utmost regard for health and safety.

Our service offering is aligned with the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, guiding Clients, Designers, Principal Contractors, Contractors, as well as other Principal Designers, on their duties to ensure compliance across a wide range of diverse construction projects.

We have tailored our services and procedures to specifically provide all our Clients with robust arrangements, capable of ensuring compliance with the CDM Regulations 2015.

CDM 2015 is at the heart of our service provision, protecting our Clients’ best interests whilst acting as a key advisor on CDM aspects throughout all stages of the project.

Areas of Expertise

Our Health & Safety Team have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to provide tailored advice for any individual or organisation performing any of the CDM duty holder roles.

Our specialist areas of expertise and how we can add value, include:

  • Client Support – Acting as a key Client advisor and guiding Clients through their CDM 2015 duties at every stage of a project.
  • Design Risk Management:
    • The ability to reduce risks during the design stage through CDM workshops, focusing on buildability aspects and the Health and Safety of those who will repair, clean and refurbish the completed structures.
    • Co-ordination of multi-disciplined design teams to identify and eliminate hazards and focus on the significant design, construction and operational and maintenance risks.
    • The identification of risks at an early stage through the issue of a design risk register (managed by us) and reviewed throughout the design process.
    • Facilitate and assist with the preparation of key design strategies such as cleaning and maintenance, roof access arrangements and plant replacement.
  • Construction Phase Site Inspections / Audits – Our safety audits include a comprehensive review of management documentation and provide a record of observations, including identifying areas for improvement and a suggested action plan.
  • Health and Safety Management – Health and Safety solutions and documentation, tailored to your needs to provide compliance assurance.
  • Contractor support – We review the process and procedure for compliance and assist contractors with the preparation of specific documentation such as the Construction Phase Plan and Risk Assessments and Method Statements.

Our Service

We offer a cost-effective service whilst following all regulatory requirements, adding value to the project for the benefit of our Clients and all other project stakeholders.

We provide the following range of professional services and would be happy to discuss any further ways we can help your business:

  • Principal Designer – We provide Principal Designer services in line with CDM 2015 and act as a key advisor in respect of how health and safety is managed during the design and construction process. We also provide Principal Designer Advisory services as a sub consultant to support individuals and organisations who have been appointed as Principal Designer.
  • Client CDM Advisor – Independent Health and Safety advisory services to provide advice and guidance to help clients ensure compliance with their duties under CDM 2015.
  • Site Safety Auditing  Site Auditing and Inspections of the Principal Contractor’s Site Management Procedures and Safety Standards on Site.
  • Health & Safety Advisor – Competent Health and Safety advice to businesses covering all statutory Health and Safety obligations including policy writing, workplace risk assessments (DSE, Noise operational), and audits.

Related Projects

Warwick Square, Paternoster Square

Client:            Stanhope PLC

Services:        Principal Designer

This scheme comprises the extensive refurbishment of commercial space including reconfiguration of ground floor reception to incorporate reception and business lounge; provision of new terraces at level 6 and roof level and refurbishment of terraces at levels 4 and 5.


Southmere Village, Thamesmead Regeneration

Client: Peabody
Services: Client CDM Advisor, Project Management and Cost Consultancy

Southmere Village comprises 1,500 homes, a civic square, library and 40,000m2 of commercial space and represents the first substantial development in Thamesmead since Peabody acquired land there in 2014.

We undertook monthly site audits and chaired a number of workshops during critical high risk stages of the project.

Southmere Lake, Thamesmead

Client: Peabody
Services: Employer’s Agent and Client CDM Advisor 

Southmere Lake was constructed as part of the original Thamesmead plan in the 1960s and now forms part of the emerging green infrastructure network which is at the heart of the regeneration strategy for Thamesmead.

We were appointed as Employer’s Agent and Client CDM Advisor for the Southmere Lake improvement works.

The project generally consisted of:

  • The design and installation of a new fountain as well as other associated landscaping works
  • Desilting of the lakebed
  • Formation of new reed beds
  • Construction of new timber fishing platforms and floating islands
  • The installation of a silt curtain and trash boom

As Client CDM Advisor, we acted as a key client advisor to Peabody throughout the design and construction phase. We also undertook monthly site inspections to monitor compliance. 

18 Blackfriars Road, Hotel, Office, Residential

Client: Black Pearl Limited 
Services: Project Management (Planning Application), Cost Consultancy and Principal Designer Advisory Services

This high-quality, mixed use development comprises a 52-storey, high end residential tower with 227 apartments, a 37 storey office tower with 35,709 m2 of floor space, a 547 room hotel and a block of 65 affordable apartments. The scheme also includes a triple-level basement, additional retail space, landscaping and a new public square at the centre of the site. 

As Principal Designer Advisor to the Lead Architect and in line with CDM 2015 we set up a CDM design risk register (for the design team to input into) and chaired a number of CDM workshops focusing on the key risks throughout the course of the design phase. The design risk register acted as a schedule of hazards and design actions to record and monitor the design mitigation process developed by the individual design disciplines.

Carlton House, Putney SW15

Client: FABRICA/A2Dominion Group
Service: Principal Designer, Project Management, Employer's Agent and Quality Management

Private development scheme comprising 73 high end apartments of various sizes within a part 12-storey, part
10-storey and part 4-storey building with retail and
office accommodation

North Street, Hornchurch

Client: Bugler Developments
Services: Principal Designer

Located in Hornchurch Town Centre in the London Borough of Havering, this is a new build residential development comprising 44 high quality properties for private rent within a single brick-built block ranging between three and five storeys in height. The L-shaped block is five storeys to the east and three storeys on the western side and provides a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.

We were appointed as Principal Designer by Bugler Developments and acted as a key advisor on health and safety aspects and undertook health and safety inspections during the construction phase to assist Bugler and monitor on-site health and safety compliance.

On the run up to completion we worked closely with Bugler and managed the entire health and safety file collation process. We tracked the information received from all contributors to ensure that the necessary information was provided in a timely manner and upon completion, we successfully provided the H&S file to the client which was reviewed and signed-off by the client CDM Advisor.

David Culliton, Bugler’s Pre-Construction Director said “We appointed Silver to assist us with our dual Principal Designer/Principal Contractor role at our project in North Street, Hornchurch. They provided a very professional, yet user friendly consultancy service and assisted us in the delivery of a safe, high quality scheme. We would have no hesitation in using them again.”

Image supplied courtesy of Bugler Developments


Arlington Lofts, Camden, Old Building Repurposed

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management, Principal Designer

New build development, delivering 21 new apartments, incorporating two detailed brick façades.

Formerly an electrical substation, the historical building is a prime example of Camden’s rich architectural heritage.

Countess of Wessex House, Homes for Veterans

Client: Stoll
Services: Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator

Stoll provides housing and rehabilitative support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women offering the holistic support needed to integrate some of the most vulnerable veterans back into civilian life.

Countess of Wessex House, named after the charity’s patron, has 36 new homes, with communal facilities that include a training room and community hall. A de-centralised energy system comprises a CHP system with back-up gas boilers. The building is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped and tranquil Therapeutic Garden which includes sheds and a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Silver identified this ‘off-market’ site and worked closely with the client and the London Borough of Hounslow to achieve the necessary architect planning permission, then acted as Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator until the development was completed. 

The image supplied courtesy of Bugler Developments Ltd.

Brimsdown Avenue, Enfield

Client: Origin Housing Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Principal Designer and Party Wall

This is a high quality housing project comprising 21 self-contained units in one stylish brick and block three storey building.

Established on a former petrol station which had an adjoining vehicle repair garage, the site required comprehensive soil remediation, including removal of the buried fuel storage tanks.

Other associated risks included the close proximity of the site to the rail infrastructure, combined with the discovery of a complicated sub system of electricity running outside of the originally provided utility company service drawings. The scheme incorporates PV technology and enhanced security systems.

The Principal Contractor for this project is Bugler Developments Ltd. It is through their dedication, diligence and expertise that the project has overcome significant  obstacles without compromising quality of workmanship or site management.

Silver has provided additional health & safety support and advice to our client as unforeseen elements of risk emerged.

The development was also shortlisted for prestigious title of the APS Principal Contractor of the Year, which highlights the expertise of the build, the strength of the team and the commitment of the Client in delivery of a safe and healthy project.

Gurnell Leisure Centre, West Ealing W13

Client: Eco World London
Service: Principal Designer

The project involves the demolition of the existing Gurnell Leisure Centre then the construction of a new leisure centre including a 50m swimming pool, fun pool, gym, exercise studios, café and children’s play area. Two new residential buildings will also form part of the leisure centre building. The proposals include 612 new residential homes, five new residential buildings will house apartments in heights varying from 5-17, with commercial space.

Dorset Close Office to Residential Conversion

Client: Lodha

Services: Principal Designer, Employer’s Agent, Building Surveying and Quality Management and Site Inspections

This three-storey building plus basement structure was built in the 1980s and is located within the Dorset Close Conservation Area.

The development proposals comprised the change of use of the basement, ground and first floor of the building, from office to residential in order to provide nine new residential units. The existing three residential units at second floor were reconfigured.

The development therefore provides 12 new affordable homes comprising:

• Three one-bed units
• Seven two-bed units
• One three-bed units

Lodha appointed Silver at the post-tender stage prior to awarding the contract to the successful contractor. From this stage we provided multi-disciplinary services led by our Building Surveying team through to completion of the 12-month programme. The project was delivered under a JCT Design and Build 2016 Contract.

Thames Enterprise Centre Office Conversion

Client: Melsom Holdings Limited
Services: Principal Designer

Redevelopment of the first floor within Building 13 on the Thames Industrial Estate. The project provides a large office space for a single tenant, together with office suites for smaller businesses. The works comprised the conversion of part of the first floor from an existing racked archive storage area into offices, while securing and retaining archival storage on the rest of the floorplate.

Emlyn Gardens, White City

Client: Shepherds Bush Housing Association 

Services:  Employer’s Agent and Principal Designer 

New build 14-unit residential block for affordable rent, specialist care unit and community hall 

This mixed-use scheme comprises 14 residential apartments for affordable rent, eight of which are for Yarrow Housing Association residents with learning disabilities. The scheme also includes a specialist care unit and community hall. 

We acted as Employer’s Agent and Principal Designer for the duration of the project, including management of the tender stage and formation of the Employer’s Requirements which involved liaison with our client stakeholders to determine requirements for residents with learning difficulties.  

Thomas Day School, Battersea

Client:  Thomas Day School​

Services:  Project Management, Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant and Principal Designer

This conversion of the existing Royal Academy of Dance site in Battersea into a facility for Thomas’ School (Battersea’s inaugural secondary school) for 400 students– 28 classrooms, science laboratories, cafeteria and dining hall.

The project involves demolition of the 1970s extension and the addition of an articulated mansard to the granary building, both ensuring that any improvements are sympathetic with their surroundings.

Our services included the project management of the planning application which was successfully achieved.

The Willows, Extra Care Home, Brent

Client:         LB of Brent

Services:     Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant and Principal Designer

This provides 60 extra care dwellings with amenity and care facilities in new purpose-built extra care housing

The redevelopment of The Willows Care Home site is part of the London Borough of Brent’s New Accommodation Independent Living (‘NAIL’) Programme Regeneration, which aims to deliver new accommodation options for people with high care and support needs, including extra care housing.

The Council’s overarching brief for The Willows Care Home site was to provide 60+ extra care dwellings with associated amenity and care facilities in an exemplary model of new purpose-built extra care housing. The accommodation is to be of high-quality and well designed to promote residents’ wellbeing and maximise their independence in line with best practice principles of designing homes for older adults.

We have been involved in the project from the outset working collaboratively with LB of Brent and the design team, developing the design and specification.

Our health and safety team have also provided Principal Designer services during this period, attending design team meetings to raise queries on potential risk in order to close out at an early stage. Our Principal Designer also formulated the CDM pre-construction information for inclusion within the invitation to tender and contract documents.



York Place, Battersea

Client: York Place Buildings Limited, A2Dominion Group
Services: Project Management, Employer's Agent, Cost Consultancy, Principal Designer and Quality Management

This residential and commercial development on the former Homebase site in Battersea incorporates the new headquarters for the Royal Academy of Dance.

We were appointed to project manage and assemble a full planning application on behalf of York Place Buildings Limited. The secured planning consent was for three buildings above a new basement and landscaped podium, rising to 21 storeys, and providing 254 residential units, with 5,710m2 of Class D1 education space, café and drinking establishment space.

How can we help?

Please contact Darren for more details of our Health & Safety/CDM service. 

Darren Nolan


Associate Director, Pre-Construction

Darren joined Silver in 2015.  Previously he held senior positions in pre-construction and led multi-disciplinary teams for a wide range of clients at two of the UK's largest construction companies.

“The Silver approach is about getting the best product for our clients, no matter who they are or what type or size of scheme. We work together to identify and mitigate, or encounter and solve, problems. We understand how contractors need to operate and what our clients need. The result is a unique approach focused on “what is right for the project”. What enables good performance is the professionalism, humility and personalities of our people. No question is a daft one, no problem is yours alone and no one is too busy to lend a hand. It’s busy, it’s mad and I love it.”