One candidate emerges from 'strong field' of seven people interviewed for the role of chief construction adviser

Paul Morrell is expected to be announced as chief construction adviser this week, Building understands.

The former senior partner of Davis Langdon has beaten off competition from what sources close to the process called “a strong field”.

It is believed seven people were interviewed for the job.

His first job will be to chair a review of construction’s role in a low carbon economy. It is understood the first meeting is to be held at the end of this month.

Morrell is currently an independent consultant on issues relating to construction economics and procurement. He is also a non-executive director of strategic and design consultancy DEGW.

He was a founder member of the British Council for Offices, serving as president in 2004/5. He is a fellow of the RICS, an honorary fellow of the RIBA, and served as a commissioner on CABE from to 2000 to 2008, finishing as deputy chairman.

Individuals to have thrown their hat in the ring at an earlier stage are understood to include former Shepherd chief executive Vaughan Burnand and chief executive of SEC Group Rudi Klein.