Mr Adamson, chairman of the Adamson Group, will take over the chair of the CC from James Wates, together with some of the functions carried out by Stephen Ratcliffe who is stepping down as CC chief executive at the end of this year.
Mr Adamson’s appointment will take effect in December 2008.
The CC will continue to represent its members on pan industry initiatives, including national pay and conditions negotiations through the Construction Industry Joint Council.
Mr Adamson said: “The Construction Confederation is going through a period of inevitable realignment as industry representation settles into a new shape following the creation of the CBI Construction Council and the transformation of the MCG and NCF into the UK Contractors Group.
“Now, more than ever, as global economic uncertainty brings new challenges on a daily basis, construction needs to punch its weight in Whitehall, Westminster and Europe to ensure the well-being of our industry and all who work in it.
“I am confident that the Construction Confederation, and its component parts, will continue to play a leading role in meeting those challenges.”
The Civil Engineering Contractor's Association has welcomed Mr Adamson's appointment.
Ceca director Rosemary Beales said: "Manus has considerable experience in the industry and we welcome his appointment which ensures the CC will continue to be a representative presence in the construction industry."