Delivering CDM Services in Cambridge

Rachel Lambert
Faithful+Gould’s Cambridge office has built a reputation for excellent health & safety services.

I joined Faithful+Gould in 2011, coming from a background in Construction Design and Management (CDM) co-ordination, with specific expertise in local authority work. I'm based in our Cambridge office.

The role of the Construction Design and Management Co-ordinator (CDM-C) is to ensure that a building is designed so that it can be built and maintained safely. This needs a common sense approach and I believe that one of my strengths is an ability to interpret and explain clearly to our clients, so that they comply with the requirements, their interests are protected and they understand how this is achieved.

The earlier the CDM-C comes on board the project, the better the outcomes. This actually makes the design more cost-effective. Returning clients really understand this, having experienced our CDM work already – so repeat commissions usually have earlier engagement. The impartiality of advice is also important and this is something we can assure our clients of.

I like to think that I can prevent people's negative perceptions about health & safety! I see it as a positive benefit rather than a constraint and I’m on a mission to convince others.

I see my role very much in terms of encouraging co-operation between members of the design team, acting as a conduit for shared exploration and information. I like to think that I can prevent people's negative perceptions about health & safety! I see it as a positive benefit rather than a constraint and I’m on a mission to convince others.

One of the best things about my job is the variety of clients I work with. I’m currently providing CDM services for the University of Cambridge on their North West Cambridge development, where much of my work focuses on the logistics of getting people safely on and off the very busy site with its multiple facilities – housing, supermarket, school, community centre, nursery, surgery and public realm.

Other commissions include the Møller Centre where I am providing CDM services on the extension to an existing conference facility and various schemes for Cambridge Assessment the trading name of the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. 

We work for various local authorities undertaking works to schools where the focus is often on maintaining safe pedestrian and vehicular access, and office projects including carrying out CDM-C duties on the construction of a new shared office in a coastal flood area.

Health & Safety is always a changing arena and it’s important to be able to communicate changes. 

Retail commissions include a large supermarket chain, where refurbishment works can reveal issues such as asbestos and lead paint – typical hazards in existing buildings – and my role is to risk assess and advise the client on the correct course of remedial action.

Health & Safety is always a changing arena and it’s important to be able to communicate changes. As a member of the Association for Project Safety (APS) and the IOSH, I always have an eye on what’s coming up next and what’s going to be most important for our clients. For example, the forthcoming changes to CDM Regulations will require interpretation. New methodologies also impact on our services - for instance, it will be interesting to see how health & safety can be integrated into the Building Information Modelling model.

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