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IET moves in with the IMechE – for two years

22 July, 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has transferred temporarily to the premises of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) while its own Savoy Place venue undergoes a major refurbishment.

The temporary co-location at the IMechE’s premises at One Birdcage Walk in Westminster is expected to last until mid-2015, and will provide a central London base for the IET's member facilities, events, library and meetings.

The temporary co-location will allow the institutions to work more closely, “for the good of the engineering profession”, the IET says. This will include activities such as joint policy submissions to Government and co-branded events and lectures.

The IET has been based at Savoy Place (shown above) since 1909 when it was a society of just over 5,000 members. It is now an international community consisting of more than 150,000 engineers and technicians.

The refurbished Savoy Place will provide improved facilities, including an enhanced “Member First” space to meet the needs of professional engineers. The aim is to attract existing and new members into the building to meet and interact.

“We are delighted to have temporarily relocated to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers,” says IET president, Professor Andy Hopper (above). “Between us we represent over 250,000 engineers and technicians right around the world and this co-location will be a major opportunity for us to work in collaboration in the interests of the professional engineering community.”

“It is my pleasure to welcome the IET to our historic building in the centre of Westminster,” adds IMechE president, Patrick Kniveton. “Over the next two years, we will look for more opportunities which can be exploited, either bilaterally or within the greater engineering community, which will benefit our respective memberships and, more importantly, the engineering profession as a whole.”

•  About a decade ago, the IMechE and IET (then known as the Institution of Electrical Engineers, or IEE) discussed the possibility of merging their operations but decided, in the end, to remain separate. They did, however, say that the creation of a single body “remains a realistic ambition for the future”.

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