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Case study: Health and Safety – CDM Advisor London

Grafton Architects expressed a keen interest in responding to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) international design competition of 2015.  The Dublin based firm of architects were chosen by the LSE Senior Management panel to design The Paul Marshall Building for the School.

MSAFE have been appointed CDM advisor to Grafton Architects who will fulfil the role of Principal Designer on the project.  The project comprises the demolition of the former Cancer Research UK building at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields and redevelopment of a particularly constrained site in the heart of London. The new state of the art building will accommodate creative learning spaces dedicated to the teaching of philanthropic studies. The building will comprise staff offices, teaching area, the management finance & accountancy department, restaurant, sports facilities and will express LSE’s continued commitment to environmentally sustainable development.

Solution from MSAFE

The Paul Marshall Building, central London, is a major building project for LSE which is due to be completed by 2021.  The distinguished building will be home to the accounting, finance, management and research centres requiring offices, teaching and sports facilities to be incorporated within the new building. 

With CDM Regulations requiring greater responsibility from Principal Designers, MSAFE were employed as the CDM Advisor by Grafton Architects for The Paul Marshall Building project to provide expert health and safety advice.  MSAFE are working closely with the prestigious firm of architects to feed in technical health and safety knowledge to the pre-construction phase, identifying any potential issues that could arise from the design and assisting them with cost effective solutions.

MSAFE will continue to provide Grafton Architects with health and safety construction advice throughout the construction project.  This is to ensure that the design process includes sufficient health and safety documentation for the architect to be compliant with the latest regulations and allow them to progress smoothly through the planning application and tender phases.


“We were delighted to be the winners of the international architectural competition to design The Paul Marshall Building for LSE.  When it came to choosing a consultant to assist with our health and safety duties, MSAFE were the ideal choice to act as our CDM Advisors, having already established strong professional relationships with LSE on prior projects. 

MSAFE reaffirmed the responsibilities placed on us for The Paul Marshall Building, taking the firm through the essential health and safety aspects of the design and planning stage and helping to coordinate the work when required.  The Paul Marshall Building is likely to be a five-year project and we will be working closely with the end users, MSAFE and Westminster City Council to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks during the project, ensuring the building is ready to be occupied by staff and students by 2021”.

MSAFE Services: CDM Advisors London

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