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BSR: Introduction to the Role of Client, Principal Designer and Principal Contractor

24 September 2024


The Building Safety Act 2022 names HSE as the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in England.

The Act contains a lot of new information and understanding how it fits together is critical for dutyholders to ensure they understand their responsibilities and the responsibilities of others.

This course will provide an overview of how the Building Safety Act has arisen, the aims and objectives of the new legislation and the role of clients, designers and contractors within the building control process.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with information that will help them to:

  • Understand the roles and duties of the client, Principal Designer (PD) and Principal Contractor (PC)
  • Gain knowledge about the amendments to building regulations that will affect all building work
  • Understand the dutyholder roles to plan, manage and monitor design work
  • Understand the dutyholder roles to plan, manage and monitor building work
  • Gain knowledge about the key stages within the building control process and how the dutyholder roles interact with regulatory requirements

What the course will cover

This course explains the roles and duties of clients, PDs and PCs, looking at individual and organisational capabilities. It explores the interaction between the dutyholder roles and the building control process, as well as the difference between buildings within scope of the Act and the rest of the built environment. Delegates will look at competence in the built environment and learn about the link to the dutyholder roles specified in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM).

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for those with duties under the Building Safety Act relating to the design and construction of new buildings, as well as alterations to existing buildings. This may include architects, contractors and clients to help them interact and comply with the new legislation, as well as for those who may need to interact with other dutyholders.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton.

Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£560 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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