The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors is not to be confused with the well respected ICE further down Great George Street from the RICS.
It is the rump of the old IQS, whose Charter and deeds now lie gathering dust.

It is therefore ironic, with so many former IQS members bitterly regretting their decision to join the RICS and threatening to join Roger Knowles' fledgling Quantity Surveyors Institute, that their erstwhile colleagues should be contemplating going in the opposite direction.

Maybe the real merger should be between the ICE and the RICS to form the Royal Institution of Chartered Engineers and Surveyors? At least we surveyors might get some facilities worthy of the membership and at a stroke the combined institutions would be pre-eminent on the international property and construction scene without the RICS needing to reinvent the wheel.