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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is rarely backward in coming forward. One of its latest press releases is headed 'C of E urged to put faith in chartered surveyors'.

The RICS is calling for changes to the 1990 Cathedrals Measure Review, which would allow its members to fulfil the role of 'cathedral architects'. Currently, surveyors are not permitted to take on cathedral projects as managing consultants, even though much of the work involved is up their street.They already work on all places of worship except cathedrals, and say 'this restrictive practice needs to be seriously reviewed and brought into the 21st century'.

One would have more sympathy for the RICS were it not for the attitude of its members over use of the title 'architect'.When de-regulation was in the air a few years back, the building surveyors made it very clear that as soon as the title lost protection, they would start calling themselves architects. Of course, since architects are more than capable of doing much that building surveyors do, perhaps they should start lobbying public sector clients to get more surveying work put their way.

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