CDM guidance updated by cross association group


CDM guidance updated by cross association group

12 Feb 2016

The Event Supplier & Services Association (ESSA), the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has, today, released version 3.0 of their guidance for the Construction (Design & Management) 2015 regulations specific to Exhibitions, Trade Fairs and the Conference Sector.  These updates extend across web based resources and the cross platform CDM app.

The guidance, contained within the free to use resources, has seen some revisions relating to the Main Contractor (Organisers Official Contractors) and their obligations regarding Construction Phase Plans. Additionally, there have been revisions to the ‘Contractor’ section, as defined in the guidance and their roles with regard to Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.  This is all to ensure that the information is correct at the time of release, keeping those using the information as well informed as possible.  Many of you will notice changes to the layout of version 3.0.  This was also deemed necessary to help support your navigation and understanding of the guidance.

Andrew Harrison, director of ESSA commented, “We have made some revisions to the guidance in line with our own industry learnings and feedback from the HSE to make sure that all users are kept up to date. We always expected this to be an ongoing learning process, hand in hand with the HSE,  and we will look to appraise the guidance on a regular basis and communicate future updates in a similar fashion.

The dowloadable guidance can be found on each respective association websites or please do visit and register at our CDM specific site and the app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.



  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval