Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has welcomed the appointment of the man who will replace him in the role from December.
Asked by CN for a comment on Mr Hansford’s appointment and the strengths he will bring to the role, Mr Morrell said: “I am delighted that there was a strong list to choose from, and that I will be succeeded by someone of Peter’s calibre.
“As for particular strengths, we have aligned strategies for both government construction and infrastructure more broadly which I believe contain the seeds of beneficial change.
“It will always be necessary to keep the mental antennae alert to see what is working and what might not be, so that the strategy can be tuned as we go; but the major task is implementation - to deliver that change.
“Peter has been engaged with the strategy virtually since its inception, chairing the steering group for infrastructure and attending the equivalent steering group for the government’s direct programme. He therefore has a deep understanding of what we are trying to do, combined with the organisational skills to lead implementation and the experience of the industry to know if tuning is required.”
Mr Morrell will continue in the role until November, after which time Mr Hansford will start his two-year appointment.