Construction industry leaders have spoken out in favour of the government's plans to appoint a chief advisor on construction.

The government hopes that the role will put the sector on a more competitive footing. Whoever is appointed will also chair the board for government procurement and help promote innovation and sustainability in the industry.

RIBA president Sunand Prasad said the announcement was a “positive step forward for development, construction and the built environment.”

His comments were echoed by Confederation of British Industry (CBI) President John McDonough. He said: “The construction industry has been crying out for a strong and effective champion to fight its corner.”

Ian Lucas, business minister with responsibility for construction, said: “We have taken our time to get the role right to ensure that it fits well with a range of new and existing initiatives. But I have heard the calls from the Construction Industry loud and clear since my appointment in June. We are now pressing hard ahead with recruiting. I want to see a high quality individual in place by November”.