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Construction, Cash & Carbon: A Time for Reform?


Public, Staff, Students, Alumni, Academics

Speaker: Paul Morrell OBE, Government Chief Construction Adviser

6.00pm Registration

6.30pm Lecture

8.00pm Refreshments and networking 

Construction, Cash & Carbon: A Time for Reform?

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Constructors and Costain

The Chancellor announced in his Budget speech that the Government is targeting a 20% reduction in the cost of public sector construction through new approaches to procurement. Couple that with the commitments of the Climate Change Act, and we know that we have to get by on less money, and a lot less carbon. That should signal an overwhelming case for reform, but we've heard it all before, haven't we? Is this finally the time that we have to take reform seriously; or can we just hunker down until it blows over?

Paul Morrell OBE

In November 2009 Paul Morrell was appointed the Government's new Chief Construction Adviser. He works with Government and the industry to act as a link between the two and ensure Britain's construction sector is equipped with the knowledge, skills and best practice to make the most of the opportunities which the 21st century offers. Part of his challenge is to bring the industry together to identify how best to deliver the 2022 carbon reduction commitments, to meet the broader challenges of the low carbon future, and to capture the many new opportunities it will bring.

Paul joined Davis Langdon, the construction consultancy, in 1971 and on the way to securing a senior partnership with the firm in 1999, became an acknowledged expert in the construction field. He is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA), and served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) from 2000 to 2008. He also served as deputy chairman at CABE. He received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Construction Industry at the 2007 Building Awards. He also received the President's Award from the British Council for Offices in the same year. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment in the 2008 New Year Honours list.

Paul brings extensive experience across both the public and private sectors to his role as Government Chief Construction Adviser.

The Worshipful Company of Constructors

The Worshipful Company of Constructors is a modern City of London Livery Company for professionals working in, and in support of, the construction industry. Members of the Company are drawn from all sectors of the industry, including architects, surveyors, engineers, builders, legal professionals and accountants.


Costain are generous supporters of this year's Constructors' Lecture. Costain is an international engineering and construction group with a reputation for technical excellence, founded on more than 140 years of experience.

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6.00pm - 9.00pmTuesday 10th May 2011

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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