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Chief Construction Officer - Discussion Paper from BERR

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The Business and Enterprise Select Committee last year called on government to appoint a Chief Construction Officer. CIBSE responded to a Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) consultation on the potential role for such an appointment on 13/3/09. Covering procurement, sustainable construction strategy, co-ordination of public construction programmes and promoting innovation, the paper also considered where such a person would be placed and how senior they would be. CIBSE welcomed the proposal, but warned that to be effective it would need the gravitas of a very senior civil service position and real power to effect change.