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Glancy Nicholls Architects
The Engine Room
2 Newhall Square
Birmingham B3 1RU
Glancy Nicholls Architects
26-27 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3HP


As a client you have major influence on your projects. The client has contractual control, appoints designers and contractors, and determines the money, time and other resources available.

CDM 2015 makes the client accountable for the impact their decisions and approach have on health, safety and welfare on the project.

Where there is more than one contractor working on a project at any time, the client must appoint in writing, as soon as is practicable, a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.


Issue F10 if requested
Collate Pre-Construction information (PCI)
Deliver Health and Safety File
Attend monthly Client Review Meetings
Attend selected Design Team Meetings
Provide design reviews from a CDM perspective
Organise CDM workshops if required
Provide constructive advice & guidance


It will be assumed the client has elected to undertake the role. If the client fails to appoint a Principal Designer, the client must fulfil the duties of the Principal Designer outlined below:


The Principal Designer is required to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the project pre-construction phase to ensure:

  • The identification, elimination or control of foreseeable risks to health or safety of any person:
  • That the project is carried out without risks to health or safety
  • That assistance is provided to the client for the preparation of the pre-construction information:
  • Cooperation of all duty holders working on the project:
  • That designers comply with their duties:
  • The preparation and subsequent revision of a health and safety file:
  • Liaison with the Principal Contractor, particularly regarding information required to prepare the construction phase plan or relating to the planning and management of the construction work.
  • Liaison with the Principal Contractor during the construction phase to ensure health and safety arrangements are in place and receive information on design changes that may have health and safety implications.


  • Site Health and Safety Inspections and Audits (Fee Per Audit /Inspection)
  • Review Construction Phase Plan if requested and advise on its suitability (for a Lump Sum Fee)


Apply principles of prevention on design risk management:

  • Use design risk registers as a tool for design risk management.
  • Create and collate Design Risk Registers specific to the project requirements
  • Ensure design risks are minimised, eliminated or reduced.

We understand each project has its own unique challenges, so we tailor each project to suit.

We have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability to discharge the role effectively. You can trust us to deliver on time, every time.


CHAS Accredited
Safe Contractor Accredited
Constructionline Accredited
RIBA Chartered Practice

One Eastside

Consisting of a family of two towers, the tallest standing at a height of 160 metres over 51 storeys; One Eastside will redefine Birmingham’s skyline as it’s tallest structure, a true symbol of the drive and energy surrounding the UK’s second city.


Garth House 

The Grade II Listed building of Arts and Crafts plays a key and iconic part of the prestigious Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre development. Constructed in 1901, Garth House was one of only 5 residential dwellings designed by William Bidlake and is the largest of the collection.

It has been restored to enhance its unique identity and character, whilst remaining sympathetic to the surrounding environment which forms part of the Edgbaston Conservation Area.


University House

University House itself is Grade II listed, designed originally by Herbert T Buckland and constructed in 1908. The project consisted of an extension to the existing business school at the University. The extension provides 3500 sqm. of new space, a new hub helping to centralise academic offices from the other buildings on campus in a more focused and facilitated way within the existing grounds.


3 Centenary Square – The Exchange

Glancy Nicholls Architects are currently appointed as Executive Architects and Principal Designers for the 3 Centenary Square scheme. The complex project comprises the redevelopment of the Birmingham Municipal Bank Redevelopment, and is a major refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building on behalf of the University of Birmingham.


Belper Integrated Residential Care Scheme

The site itself is situated in Belper town centre within a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the development encompasses working with an existing building; whereby historically significant facades are being retained, refurbished and incorporated to provide an integrated residential care and library facility in the Belper community.


Khalsa Academy

The scheme comprised of three buildings; the redevelopment of the former Tarmac headquarters site to include the refurbishment of an existing 4-storey office building into the main teaching block, refurbishment and extension of an existing dining block to form the new catering and dining facility, and a new-build sports hall block.