A LEADING North-East health and safety consultancy has agreed an ambitious partnership agreement with a new architectural practice in Middlesbrough.
The deal between Steel River Consultants (SRC) and Logic Architecture will see the two business collaborating on a wealth of public and private sector projects.
SRC, which has its head office at Preston Farm, in Stockton, has an international reputation for health and safety expertise across renewable energy, construction and design.
Logic Architecture, based in central Middlesbrough, opened last year and already has a broad portfolio of work in the housing, education and commercial sectors.
Graham Tyerman, SRC’s managing director, explained: “Changes to the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations In April introduced a new role of Principal Designer to replace the role of the CDM Co-ordinator responsible for co-ordinating the pre-construction safety phase of a project. Architectural practices are now being asked to provide that role within their services.
“The team at Logic have asked us to provide them with the professional health and safety support they need to enable them to discharge their duties as Principal Designer.
“We are very happy to form a partnership arrangement to discharge the duties on their behalf.”
Mark Barlow, of Logic Architecture’s Middlesbrough office, explained: “I know Graham and his team very well, having used them before. I was particularly impressed by their professionalism and expertise.
“Although some architects deal with CDM matters in-house we think it’s much more effective, where health and safety is concerned, to appoint a dedicated professional to ensure all our clients statutory obligations under the new 2015 Regulations are thoroughly dealt with.
“This offers clients better value for money in that we can concentrate our efforts on the design, whilst having an expert critical friend look over our shoulder throughout the design and construction phases.”
SRC and Logic are now working on an extensive range of projects in the region including building refurbishments, new build extra care apartments, affordable housing, private sale housing and even bespoke ‘one off’ houses for private clients which are now included in the new regulations.
The deal is another coup for SRC which has expanded rapidly since it was established in 2010.
As well as the head office in Stockton company now has satellite offices in Liverpool and Shardlow, six miles north-east of Derby.
Graham said: “We are delighted to be working with Logic Architecture. They have chosen us based on previous work carried out for Mark and, going forward, they are looking to utilise us on all their projects where they are being asked to take on the role of Principal Designer.”