BRINGING BUILT environment institutions together will swell the voice of engineers to unprecedented levels, ICE North West said this week.
ICE North West is leading the way in bringing regional built environment institutions together under one roof.
Based in the Cube Building in Manchester, the ICE is collaborating with the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
ICE North West secretary Guy Rigby said that combining the four bodies would swell the size of the north west construction division, giving it a single, stronger voice to tackle local government issues.
'The ICE has 8,000 members in the north west, ' said Rigby.
'But with CIC and its 55 constituent members it would grow to tens of thousands strong.'
North West chairman Peter Arch said that relationships with the built environment institutions have developed naturally.
'We've had joint events for many years, but are looking to make the arrangement more formal, reflecting the activities of the institution, ' said Arch.
Rigby added that the ICE could co-ordinate with other professional bodies through regional support teams, with the advantage of sharing administrative costs with the other institutions in the future.
'We're far enough away from London to be independent, but have Manchester to focus around.
We're all working together up here to create a mini Great George Street, ' said Rigby.