After months of talks and negotiations, the UK government has finally agreed to appoint a chief construction adviser by the end of the year.
But what difference, if any, will the new building czar make in reality?
Is this just a case of Whitehall bowing to industry pressure? Or a genuine move to tighten up spending, promote sustainability and provide a figurehead to bridge the gap between the sector and the government?
It has been said there has been little continuity in public sector building procurement in recent years. There have been eight construction minsters already under the Labour government. If nothing else, the new adviser should provide more stability and help the industry compete for public sector contracts.
Experts have welcomed the new role and now, speculation will no doubt begin to mount over who the top dog will be. A few names have been bandied about already and there are surely more than a few buyers eyeing up the job. Are you up for the challenge?