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CIOB seeks wider role

WIMPEY CHIEF executive Joe Dwyer takes up the presidency of the Chartered Institute of Building next Wednesday at a critically sensitive time for the 164 year old organisation which began life as The Builders Society.

CIOB, which claims to be 'the leading professional body for managers in the construction industry', is set on enlarging the scope of its title to take in construction as a whole.

With Dwyer also in line to be President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001/02, the CIOB position might appear to be a conflict.

But Dwyer told NCE that 'ICE and CIOB are quite different', and joked that 'every professional institution in this country wants to rule the world.

'In the ICE's case I can't see any threat from the CIOB,' he concluded.

During a ballot in January this year, 70% of CIOB members voted to change their institute's name to the Chartered Institute of Construction - a move which could formalise the institute as an umbrella organisation with interests encompassing civil engineering, architecture and surveying.

And last month the CIOB signed a partnership agreement giving mutual recognition of qualifications with the Danish Union of Constructing Architects, Konstruktorforeningen. It already had a similar arrangement with the Association of Spanish Technical Architects.

Because CIOB has a Royal Charter, the name change has to be approved by the Privy Council. A formal application has been lodged and, following consultation with other interested parties, an answer from the Privy Council is likely in the autumn. Objection to the name change has been lodged by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and concern will also be expressed by the ICE following last week's ICE Council meeting (ICE News page 21).

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