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Paul Morrell appointed government construction tsar

Paul Morrell has been appointed as the first government chief construction adviser (CCA)

The CCA, or construction tsar, will act as a link between the government and the industry and will lead the Construction Innovation and Growth Team.

Morrell, former deputy chair of CABE and previously senior partner at consultants Davis Langdon, will also lead the Low Carbon Construction Review announced by Lord Mandelson in September.

CCA Morrell said: ‘This is a tough time for the industry, but now is the right time to work together and I know we have the capability to rise to two of our biggest challenges: to get more value out of our product, and to take more carbon out of its creation and use – getting more for less in both cases.

‘The potential for a well designed and well made built environment to lead economic, social and environmental betterment remains enormous, and the challenges are matched by opportunities, both here and abroad.’

The RIBA, which contributed to a consultation on the post in March, has welcomed the appointment.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: ‘We feel confident that Paul’s considerable and varied experience will ensure that he truly champions and represents the construction sector. Paul has been an ambassador for good design having been at CABE. Now more than ever we need a focus on the construction sector looking at sustainable construction, the recovering economy and regulation of the industry.’

CABE chair Paul Finch said: ‘The general principle of having someone with oversight of the construction industry is long overdue. It was a wise choice to have someone that understands the relation between cost and value as it is complex territory and hard to get the balance right.’

Roger Zogolovitch of Solidspace said: ‘The choice of Paul Morell is excellent, we need more confidence from Government in the philosophy behind their procurement  processes… and strive for the quality of designed buildings we deserve. This, I believe is Paul’s great challenge.’

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