The requirement for consultants to take on the role of the Lead Design Consultant (LDC) is occurring with increasing frequency as clients look to have a more integrated design team in order to simplify their management of the development process and improve the quality of the end design.

The requirement for integration is not simply a requirement driven by the need for clients to simplify their procurement processes, the increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is also driving the requirement for integration. The LDC role requires that a single consultant takes the lead role in the procurement and management of design sub consultants in a project, leaving the client with a single point of contact.