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All parties join talks for built environment body

ARCHITECTS, SURVEYORS and builders have all now agreed to join engineers in discussions on the creation a single superinstitution for the built environment, it was confirmed last week.

A newly formed Construction Industry Council (CIC) Futures Group, led by CIC chief executive Graham Watts, will 'explore the potential for closer collaborative working' between all professions in the CIC chartered college, not just those involved in engineering.

A CIC statement confirmed that the Futures Group would also discuss 'the movement to create a new 'electro-mechanical' institute by the IEE, IMechE and IIE' and 'the associated proposal from the ICE to establish a new institution for the built and natural environment'.

ICE senior vice president Douglas Oakervee, who is leading the ICE's investigations into the formation of a single institution for the built environment, said he was pleased that the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Builders were behind discussions.

Tomorrow Oakervee will join construction minister Nigel Griffiths in addressing a CIC Council meeting in Edinburgh where he will set out his thinking regarding co-operation between the professions.

'One of the exciting things is that we can now define what an engineer of the 21st century is, ' he said.

'The boundaries that we currently draw [between engineers, architects and surveyors] are becoming more and more difficult to maintain.'

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