The government has commissioned a review of the construction industry to ensure it is “fit for purpose” for delivering a low carbon future.

Lord Mandelson announced the news at a meeting of the Strategic Forum for Construction earlier today. He said that the industry had to “face the challenge of exploiting the advantages of the low carbon economy."

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the review will assess the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and consider how the UK can be a world leader in this sector.

This review will be led by the soon-to-be appointed Chief Construction Adviser and will be undertaken by a mix of industry experts and those with wider business experience.

The Chief Construction Adviser is expected to be appointed in November following the recruitment process. Keith Clarke, CEO of Atkins and CIC Chairman has agreed to chair the Construction Innovation and Growth team in the interim.