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Further to the letters from Cyril Holcroft (NCE 19 October) and Tom Luk (NCE last week), I wholehearted agree that the time for radical change at the Institution has arrived.

While I fully understand why our great Institution grew up on its present site, surely now there is little need for a highprole presence in the capital.

As an advisory body to the government on the likely effects of climate change and with sustainability ringing in our ears, why not demonstrate our concern for the environment and move away from a site with a significant flood risk and currently unsustainable transport links.

Mergers are clearly necessary, not just with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, but with other engineering bodies to consolidate the position of engineering in society.

Now is the time for change; a new encompassing professional engineering body, a new geographical location and a refreshed accessible public face.

Bill McDonald, Stump Cross Associates, Crossways, 1 Main Street, Harston, Grantham NG32 1PS

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