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CDM201X Consultation Document Published



The HSE has today 31 March 2104, published the CDM201x Consultation Document CD261 – there will be a 10 week consultation process.  View/Download the document:

The Association for Project Safety (APS) have published the following this month under their breaking news (here)…

CDM 2007 Regulations Review – Updated 18-3-14.

Latest information from the CONIAC Meeting on 18th March 2014.

Anthony Lees of the HSE informed the CONIAC Meeting that “a decision to go out to consultation is due imminently”. They are “just waiting for the button to be pushed”.

So still no further forward with information on their proposals.
We are still led to believe that the HSE may be proposing:

  • Removal of the independent CDM Co-ordinator role and placing Design Phase health and safety co-ordination with a ‘Principal Designer’ (working title);
  • Removal of the Appendix 4 Competence Assessment criteria;
  • Placing construction phase co-ordination duties with the Principal Contractor;
  • Full application of CDM Regulations to all projects with more than one contractor on site (including domestic projects);
  • Placing client duties for domestic projects with the first appointee (architect or contractor).

Read the HSE’s Board Paper “Regulation in the Construction Industry” to find our more about their plans.
Read about the CONIAC CDM Industry Guidance Steering Group.

Hillcrest HA – Quartermile Q10 Completion

Having provided Employer’s Agent Services on this prestigious project, our Kerr Simpson and Anthony Keenan were delighted to attend the recent official opening event attended by the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.



Project Summary:


Site Start Date: February 2011
Completion: August 2013
Development Cost: Approx £26m
Client: Hillcrest Housing Association
Developer: Quartermile Ventures
Architect: Richard Murphy Architects
Employer’s Agent: Peter Graham + Partners

Hillcrest Housing Association’s Ouartermile, 010 development provides Edinburgh city centre with 174 affordable housing units, containing 98 flats for social rent and 76 for mid-market rent. The design for 010, delivered by Richard Murphy Architects, perfectly complements the wider Ouartermile development. 010 provides a range of affordable homes including wheelchair accessible and elderly amenity flats. 010 also provides larger sized family homes with dedicated terraced spaces which benefit from magnificent views including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Meadows and Pentland Hills beyond.

The Site

Set on the site of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Ouartermile is one of the Capital’s largest urban regeneration schemes. The 8 hectare development space is located within a designated World Heritage Site and lies between the expansive parkland of the Meadows and the vibrant city centre.

The Design

Q10-3Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, 010 sits well in its “high end” surroundings by offering a living environment that is of high quality yet affordable. The housing block has been designed to accommodate a mix of tenures and flat sizes, ensuring a balanced and sustainable mix which can successfully thrive as a community in its own right. Complementing the scale of the Ouartermile project, 010 is a densely planned city block. Within this confine, the design layout has been developed to maximise daylight and view by favouring dual aspect or corner flats wherever possible. This amenity-focused approach to the design has also resulted in 89 out of the 174 flats benefiting from their own private balcony or terrace.

Q10-1The development consists of four corner cores each with up to six apartments per floor. The cores vary in height with the tallest blocks, at 11 storeys, being the north east, north west and south east corners. The south west corner has been limited to six storeys This maximises the amount of sunlight entering the courtyard, benefiting the majority of flats. The layout also offers tenants in the upper storeys views of the magnificent views outlined above. In a design scheme inspired by urban housing developments from across Europe, all the cores are entered from the octagonal central courtyard, accessed from a single entrance on Chalmers Street the courtyard is enclosed by the surrounding blocks creating a sheltered environment that provides a sense of security and enclosure. The inclusion of the courtyard also creates a light and pleasant social hub for residents complete with seating areas, play equipment and access to a nursery.

Social Rent

The social rented properties are let by Hillcrest Housing Association on Scottish Secure Tenancies. Tenants are allocated properties based on need, through Edlndex. Edlndex provides a Simple way to apply for property for rent from The City of Edinburgh Council and housing associations/co-operatives in Edinburgh.

Mid Rent

The mid-market rented properties are let by Northern Housing Company,part of the Hillcrest Group of Companies. These flats are targeted to those on low and moderate incomes who are unable to afford open market rent levels or to buy.

Moredun Hyvots Parliamentary Reception

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Moredun & Hyvots £70m Regeneration

Our Anthony Keenan was delighted to attend the recent parliamentary reception event to herald the completion of the Moredun Hyvots Regeneration Scheme for Dunedin Canmore Housing where Peter Graham & Partners provided CDM Coordinator Services over a 10 year period on this £70 million project.

Peter Graham & Partners CDM Coordinator

The Moredon Park and Hyvots saw an area blighted by social and environmental problems transformed over a 10 year period, at a cost of almost £70 million, into a modern and vibrant community with a sense of ownership and pride in its homes. In addition to housing, the local community benefited from the provision of new community park and an enhanced natural environment. This is believed to be one of the most sustainable regeneration projects delivered to date by Dunedin Canmore.

The local community has had significant engagement throughout were heavily invested in the project from the start. The project started in 2003 and the final phase completed in June 2013 with not only the provision of new homes but also the construction of a community park in the heart of the development.

Property Features

  • 208 formerly difficult to let homes fully refurbished internally and externally 163 private homes externally refurbished
  • 441 new affordable homes provided including wheelchair adapted and amenity homes
  • New sustainable community for 58 residents aged over 55 incorporating a communal courtyard garden with outdoor exercise equipment

The Quarries (Sheltered Housing – 58 Flats)

The Quarries has been recognised as one of the most sustainable and energy efficient buildings constructed in Scotland to date. The Building was the only Scottish project to be nominated at last year’s UK Sustainable Housing award ceremony in London. The Quarries provides a new sustainable community for 58 residents aged over 55, many of whom have been rehoused from an adjacent 1960′s sheltered housing complex earmarked for demolition.

Hyvots - The Quarries - Sheltered Housing

A key objective of the building was also to ensure that residents energy bills were kept to a minimum.

  • Heating and hot water bills are an incredible £35.20 per month.
  • Only three domestic sized boilers heat 58 flats and a communal hub.
  • 80% of waste created on site during construction was recycled.
  • Aluminium trims, edges, gutters and communal downpipes – all 100% recyclable.

Update on CDM 2014 Regs Revision (From APS)


APS have reported that their latest intelligence suggests that the industry will not hear anything until late November at the earliest. As a consequence of this they have decided to delay the proposed CDM2014 Consultation seminars across the United Kingdom until early 2014.

Whatever the outcome of the HSE’s proposals for revising CDM, one thing is certain – CDM2007 will continue until at least Autumn 2014 and maybe quite some time longer. That means business as usual for at least another 12-18 months (possibly much longer).

Stephen Moffat – our newest staff member

We are delighted to welcome our latest new staff member, Stephen Moffat BSc (Hons), quantity surveyor, to Peter Graham & Partners.

Stephen will be involved in service delivery on our wide range of QS/EA projects.

View Stephen’s LinkedIn profile here.