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Chief Construction Adviser

Volume 501: debated on Tuesday 24 November 2009

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, together with the Office of Government Commerce, is today announcing that Paul Morrell OBE will be appointed to the new role of Government Chief Adviser on Construction.

The Government Chief Construction Adviser is an independent role, but will report jointly to BIS and HM Treasury Ministers. The remit of the role includes:

chairing the new Construction Collaborative Category Board, which will build on the existing Public Sector Construction Clients Forum, to drive the implementation and further development of best value construction procurement;

leading the low carbon construction innovation and growth team that will assess the key barriers to growth in the UK’s low carbon construction sector to ensure the UK industry is well placed to serve developing needs and markets;

chairing an enhanced sustainable construction strategy delivery board to help ensure policy regarding the industry is effectively co-ordinated;

working with the industry, through the Strategic Forum for Construction, to deliver the industry improvement agenda including the Construction Commitments;

promoting innovation in the sector, working closely with the Technology Strategy Board and other funding bodies; and

co-ordinating the Whitehall response to reports featuring construction.

Paul Morrell was previously senior partner of construction consultants Davis Langdon and also Deputy Chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment