There are those who think that the proposal for a merger of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has little logical merit. But to survive and continue to be useful any company, society or institution must change.
The fculty is always that most people will ght for the comfort of the status quo. If the visionary minority is to succeed their proposals must at least excite the majority.
What has so far been put forward by the leaders of the two institutions I would suggest is a 'wee timorous beastie'' - a little mouse rather than a Jack Russell.
If all there is to look forward to is a larger membership and a larger head office then I doubt the memberships will back it.
We require a much more exciting vision than that and I would suggest something along the following lines:
An appeal to the other institutions to join the consolidation movement with a dateline for serious expression of interest.
A striking and inspirational name for the new consolidated body that could be the subject of a competition.
A new purpose-built HQ for the new body, the result of an international architectural competition, built in a new location such as Peterborough, Coventry or Milton Keynes.
The above to be financed from the sale of One Great George St and 1 Birdcage Walk.
Cyril Holcroft (F), Opus Five, Main Street, Thurlaston, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9JS