Roger Fidgen, a partner in forum member Gardiner & Theobald, said: “Many of us are concerned that the RICS’ faculties are now pretty disparate; the institution should try to pull them together because there is nobody there with knowledge in any one particular field. We are not only fed up about the fees – the RICS is not doing enough for the old QS division.”
Fidgen said there was a movement to regroup the project management, cost consultancy and litigation groups into a single construction faculty.
He said: “We need one person – a leader in our profession – to head up a construction faculty. I think Paul Morrell [former senior partner in Davis Langdon & Everest] would be excellent. The RICS seemed to have
a broad acceptance of what we were saying – they seemed to be very receptive of the idea.”
We need one person – a leader to head up a construction faculty
Roger Fidgen, Gardiner & Theobald partner
The restructuring idea follows a meeting between the two parties over the controversial RICS fee increase, which was narrowly voted through last month.
Cyril Sweett chairman Francis Ives said: “We are continuing to liaise with the RICS about how the major practices can help the RICS and vice versa. We have
also discussed international issues with them and a new PR initiative to raise the profile of the industry. Since Agenda for Change, the profile has been raised for the property industry, but not for us as second-class citizens.”
An RICS spokesperson said talks were continuing.