Paul Morrell has been re-appointed for just one year as the government’s chief construction adviser by business minister Mark Prisk, despite industry fears that the position could be axed to save money.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced this morning that Morrell will continue in the role for a further year, to oversee the delivery of reforms set out in the Government Construction (Procurement) Strategy and play a part in the establishment of the Green Construction Board.
However, BIS noted that, although the normal period of appointment for the chief construction adviser is two years, Morrell only asked that his appointment run for one year. In March this year, industry whispers suggested the position of chief construction adviser could be scrapped by the government due to spending cuts.
“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,” said Morrell. He was first appointed chief construction adviser in December 2009, for a two year period.