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CIOB calls for greater focus on government's chief construction officer proposal

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) today criticised the government’s proposed chief construction officer (CCO) role for being too broad.

CIOB deputy chief executive Michael Brown said: “We feel that the government’s proposed job spec for the CCO position is very broad and all encompassing. That is why we have suggested that the role focuses on four priority areas of responsibility.”

The CIOB said the role should rake responsibility in the following four areas:

  1. Public sector procurement
  2. Overall coordination of the £3bn capital spend the government has pledged to bring forward from 2010-11
  3. To serve as one point of contact for the industry to help improve communications with the government and departments that have a direct interest in the construction industry
  4. To head up the coordination of the joint industry and government strategy on sustainable construction

In addition the CIOB called for the post-holder to have “significant private sector experience”, and to be supported by a strong team with knowledge in delivering effective client advice to the public sector and that the role should be located within a highly influential government department; probably the Cabinet Office, with excellent links into the Treasury, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).

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