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Government seeks new construction advisor

The government has officially launched the search for a successor to Paul Morrell as the Government’s chief construction adviser.

Mr Morrell, who was first appointed to the position in December 2009, will step down in November after completing two successful terms in post, ministers have confirmed.

Construction News revealed in March that the former Davis Langdon partner would not seek to serve a third term in the post.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “I look forward to working with Paul’s successor to deliver savings for the taxpayer of up to 20 per cent by 2015.”

Business minister Mark Prisk said: “I am grateful to Paul Morrell, who has made significant progress championing the reforms set out in the Government’s construction strategy and in encouraging the development of a construction industry fit for a low carbon future.

“His industry experience has played a crucial role in bringing together government and businesses to help lead the transition to a low carbon economy, especially in his efforts to set up the Green Construction Board.”

The government said that it was now accepting applications for the role, and that it expected to appoint Mr Morrell’s successor in the summer.

Mr Morrell served as a commissioner on design watchdog the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment from 2000 to 2008, finishing as deputy chairman.

He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association welcomed news that the government is seeking a new construction advisor following Paul Morrell’s “ground-breaking tenure”.

CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner praised Mr Morrell for delivering a “cohesive strategy” for the improvement of the industry against a backdrop of a severe downturn in the industry.

“We welcome the government’s continuing commitment to the chief construction advisor role, which reflects the widespread support for the position in industry. Paul Morrell has provided a road map for a better future, so it is vital that any new chief construction advisor comes in with a focus on ensuring these improvements are delivered,” he said.

“If the legacy of Mr. Morrell’s work is to be sustained and built upon, it is vital the right candidate is chosen. Given Mr. Morrell’s success in the role, it seems likely that any new candidate will again come with a strong background in, and understanding of, the private sector.”

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