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Paul Morrell reappointed for another year

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Paul Morrell has been reappointed as government chief construction adviser under a one-year extension to his current contract

Morrell was appointed to the role in December 2009 and has requested a one-year term to oversee major reforms unveiled in the Government Construction Strategy and the establishment of the Green Construction Board despite the previous two-year appointment, reported sister-title Construction News.

Construction minister Mark Prisk, who announced the news at a CPA Parliamentary event last night (18 October), said: ‘I’m very pleased that Paul has agreed to be re-appointed as the government’s chief construction adviser.

‘He has made significant progress championing a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction both within industry and government.

‘Over the next year he will see through the action plans which he has instigated - the Government Construction Strategy and the Green Construction Board.  I very much look forward to continuing to work with him over the next year.’

The chief construction adviser will now look to oversee the early stages of implementation of the Government Construction Strategy through his role as head of the government construction board in attempting to find 20 per cent savings on construction to the public purse.

Among the other issues highlighted by Morrell in his term to-date have been the low carbon agenda, following the publication of the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team report and the response by government which led to the establishment of the Green Construction Board to be co-chaired by Mr Prisk and Lend Lease’s Dan Labbad.

Morrell has also been an advocate of building information modelling and as chair of the Government Construction Clients Board has been instrumental in seeing the public sector move towards mandating BIM on new projects by 2015.

He said: ‘I am really glad to have the opportunity of getting some of the plans that have been formulated over the last two years along the road to implementation.

‘There is a lot to do and the work of efficiency and reform can never be finished, but the industry has been hugely supportive of the moves the government is making and I think in another year we will have a programme that has momentum of its own.’

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