Principal Contractors

NIC’s multi-disciplinary approach means that we are the ideal Principal Contractor for projects that involve asbestos removal, reinstatement using modern alternative thermal insulation products followed by building refurbishment.

As a specialist asbestos removal company NIC lead in best practice when it comes to the effective management of asbestos. This is a crucial detail to be considered when deciding on the best company to manage any project that involves asbestos. We are fully licensed to carry out asbestos removal works and are CHAS accredited, which reflects our focus on safe and best working practices.

Role of a Principle Contractor

The HSE dictate that a Principle Contractor must manage all aspects of the project including…

  • Project Management – including preparation and implementation of the project plan and controlling site access and safety.
  • Contractor Engagement – including coordination of the site works ensuring that all workforce on the site are fully engaged with the site plan.
  • Workforce Management – ensuring all site workers are familiar with the site plan and understand their part within it.

Working as Principal Contractor, NIC has the critical size and knowledge to manage complex projects requiring a range of skills and experience. We also possess the expertise required to prepare and implement a project plan and to maintain control over all parts of the project as it goes forward.

Whether the works all come under our areas of specialty or not NIC, have the experience to manage your project ensuring the work is completed on time and on budget.

Construction (Design and Management) Regs 2007

The CDM regulations lay out the responsibilities of a Principle Contractor in terms of health and safety, ensuring the correct people manage risk on site and to provide effective planning.

To ensure compliance with the CDM regulations, a number of key NIC personnel have completed specific CDM training. For example, all of our Partners, Senior Contracts Managers, Contracts Managers and Site Compliance Manager have all completed CDM 2007 Overview Training.

To support this, all Site Supervisors are trained to The CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme with additional staff trained to the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme. This ensures that we comply with all site management duties during the execution of all works.

We adhere to all of the CDM regulations, extending the requirements to any third-party contractors employed for planning and development of works projects. Working in the capacity as a principal contractor we :

  • Plan, manage and monitor construction phase in liaison with contractor 
  • Prepare, develop and implement a written plan and site rules (Initial plan completed before the construction phase begins)
  • Give contractors relevant parts of the plan 
  • Make sure suitable welfare facilities are provided from the start and maintained throughout the construction phase 
  • Check competence of all appointees 
  • Ensure all workers have site inductions and any further information and training needed for the work 
  • Consult with the workers 
  • Liaise with CDM co-ordinator regarding on-going design 
  • Secure the site

Multi-disciplinary Scope

Post-8-inspection-clipboardNIC offer a full range of services including asbestos removal followed by reinstatement using specialist modern insulation and finally building refurbishment to a high standard. This means that in many cases we don’t require the use of additional subcontractors which can lower the cost of the project and greatly simplifies project management.

Where additional skills are required, NIC have a range of partners who we know and trust and who can supply specialist services beyond the scope of NIC’s core areas of speciality. Equally we are very happy to work with your own specialist subcontractors if you have a preference. As Principle Contractor NIC assume responsibility for hiring and managing any additional subcontractors that are required to complete the project.

When Should You Appoint a Principle Contractor?

A Principle Contractor is generally required for any complex project where multiple skill sets are needed. Legally a Principal Contractor is required if a project is likely to involve more than 30 days, or 500 man days of construction work. The PC should be appointed as soon as is practicable to allow the construction of a project plan. They HSE must be informed of the PC details once they have been appointed.

Find out More

Take a look at our case studies to see specific examples of projects where we have worked as Principal Contractor. If you’d like to talk to us in more detail about your specific project then please get in touch using the contact details the top of this page.



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