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Local authority architects society set for merger

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A membership body which promotes good architecture and shares knowledge about property services in councils is set to merge with its engineering counterpart

The Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities (SCALA) will join forces with the Society of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers serving Local Government from the beginning of April.

SCALA said the move was driven by declining provision of in-house property services at councils as a result of local government funding cuts.

President Sarah Morris said teams were becoming smaller, multi-disciplinary and often focused on commissioning rather than offering full design services.

‘The future for all of us involved in creating a vibrant and growing society is extremely exciting at a time in local government when everyone seems to talking budget cuts,’ she said.

She added that the new organisation would be unique in the market place as it represented those delivering and maintaining public architecture, construction, engineering and surveying services.

It is called the Society of Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying – or SPACES for short.

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