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Industry reaction to Peter Hansford's appointment

The construction industry has hailed the appointment of Peter Hansford as chief construction adviser. Here is a round-up of the responses received by Construction News.

Institution of Civil Engineers director general, Nick Baveystock:

“The appointment of past ICE President Peter Hansford as the next Chief Construction Adviser is excellent news. The implementation of the National Infrastructure plan and the transition to a low carbon economy present challenging times and the need for a respected construction champion within Whitehall has never been greater.

“From his role within the IUK Cost Study as a conduit between government and Industry, Peter clearly recognises the huge benefits that can be achieved by industry having a single point of entry into government and the importance of providing focus and leadership. His passion for efficiency and value will also help in driving forward the principles of the Cost Study and ensuring they are embedded into client and supply chain practice as part of Government Construction Strategy.

“We look forward to continuing the close working relationship ICE has developed with the CCA since the role was established and we are keen to work with Peter in equipping the industry for a low carbon future, through his role as member of the Green Construction Board.”

CIC chief executive, Graham Watts:

“Peter is a former President of the ICE and has been directly involved in the development of the Government Construction Strategy as chair of the
infrastructure group.

“He brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role and all of us at CIC and within our membership look forward to working with Peter in his new role.”

CIC deputy chairman and former ICE president, Gordon Masterton:

“Peter is an inspired choice for the role. In his time at ICE he raised the institution’s profile with government significantly, and demonstrated a deep understanding of the need for the construction industry to deliver, and demonstrate, value.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar:

“We’re delighted to welcome Peter Hansford as the Government’s new Chief Construction Adviser. He is a highly experienced, and highly respected, member of the industry.

“Given the recent ONS figures, which show a -5.2 per cent output decline for the construction sector in quarter two of this year, Peter’s priority must be to advise the Government on how to restore growth.

“We believe that growth can only come from serious investment – honouring all 600 planned infrastructure projects in the medium term, while also investing in repair and maintenance in the short term

Interserve Construction managing director for Building, Ian Renhard:

“It will be important for the industry that the appointment of Peter Hansford builds on the strong foundations laid down by Paul Morrell.  

“Although it is clear following recent announcements that major infrastructure projects have been a focus for Government, it will be important that effort is placed on regional building projects. They have a very different profile from major infrastructure projects and support a wide network of SME’s in the construction industry.

“It will also be important to see how Peter Hansford helps promote initiatives such as the Priority Schools Building Programme, as if we are to support SMEs and the general UK construction industry, we need to develop projects across the whole of the UK.   

SEC group chairman, Trevor Hursthouse:

“Peter hits the ground running.  As chairman of the Infrastructure Steering Committee he’s fully acquainted with the Government’s Construction Strategy and the need for urgent implementation of the reforms necessary to integrate and make more efficient our delivery process”.

SEC group chief executive, Professor Rudi Klein:

“Peter already has a great deal of respect within the industry and, moreover, has the energy and drive to bring about the necessary change”.

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