The search has begun to replace chief construction adviser Paul Morrell, who is due to stand down in November.
CN revealed that Mr Morrell would not seek a third term in the role last month, however construction minister Mark Prisk had insisted that the decision had not been finalised.
CN understands Department for Business Innovation and Skills officials are now finalising plans to advertise for the post in the coming weeks, once there are six months until Mr Morrell’s departure.
Mr Morrell currently sits on the Green Construction Board and chairs the Government Construction Board, reporting to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
A BIS spokesman said: “Paul Morrell’s term as government chief construction adviser finishes at the end of November this year. Discussions regarding the role are still ongoing, and we will be making further details available in due course.”
It is understood there were more than 40 applicants for the role - the first ever chief construction adviser to the government - when Mr Morrell was appointed two years ago.
CN understands that around seven people were interviewed last time, with the position eventually filled by the former Davis Langdon senior partner on a two-year deal, which was then extended by a year.