How to write a CPP (Construction Phase Plan)

by Alex on August 29, 2017

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A construction phase plan (CPP) must be drawn up for every construction project, as governed by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

It doesn’t need to be complicated, but if you’re either the principal contractor or sole contractor on a project, you’ll be responsible for:

  • creating the plan;
  • overseeing and organising the work; and
  • working with stakeholders to ensure health and safety.

What type of work requires a CPP?

Construction phase plans should demonstrate that the person in charge of the project has fully considered the health and safety aspects.

You may be a plumber, builder or other tradesmen, but if you undertake any of the following work, you’ll need a CPP:

  • extension or loft conversion;
  • kitchen or bathroom installation;
  • structural work (i.e. chimney breast removal);
  • roofing alterations, including dormer windows.

Plan, organise, work together: the elements of a CPP

You should start your CPP by detailing the basics of the project. Note down the following:

  1. The key names and dates:
    • Your name/company
    • Name/address of the client
    • Contact details for the architect or designer
    • The job itself (what have you been tasked to do?)
    • Any key details or instructions given to you by the client
    • The start and finish dates
  2. Beyond the start and finish dates, what services will be disrupted? Include the dates and suspected durations. Make sure you also note the service and isolation point locations.
  3. Are there any access restrictions to the property?
  4. Is any asbestos present?

The main role of a CPP is to ensure a high level of health and safety during projects, therefore it’s important to detail how you will organise the job.

Consider and document the following:

  • Identify the key risks you’ll encounter on site and how you aim to control them. For instance:
    • Is scaffolding required?
    • How will you support structures and excavations to prevent collapse?
    • Is there a plan in place to prevent exposure to asbestos?
    • How will the site be kept safe for members of the public?
  • Nominate a safety officer and provide their name and contact details
  • Finally, don’t forget to note the presence of toilet, washing and rest facilities!

Construction work is a team effort, and a big part of the CPP is to illustrate how you’ll work together.

Before completing this section, it’s advisable to sit down with fellow trades to devise a plan and agree where responsibility lies. With that information in hand, you can add the following detail to your CPP:

  • Who will be responsible for making the key decisions?
  • How will everyone communicate changes to site rules and health and safety information with each other?
  • How will changes to materials be dealt with?
  • What will you do in the event of delays or changes to the original plan?

Tools for creating CPPs

A simple Word document or spreadsheet may be enough to create a CPP, but there are dedicated tools for the task, too.

If you need to regularly create project-specific construction phase plans, you might benefit from using software that enables you to create them in minutes.

However you decide to create your CPP, remember that it needs to be simple, approachable and cover all of the main points detailed in this guide.

Find out how HANDS HQ can help you create Construction Phase Plans.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chaudhry September 30, 2017 at 7:55 am

Dear Sir,
Thanks for such a nice article, do we need this document for working in other part of world like in gulf etc.


Alex September 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm

We can’t offer any health and safety advice but typically most high risk industries around the globe will require a safe method of work (method statement) along with a risk assessment


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