The urge to merge professional institutions will spread to those for mining engineers in June, when official approval is expected to create a new organisation with 7,000 members.
The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM), in Portland Place, London, will join the Institution of Mining Engineers (IMinE) in Doncaster. Under the proposals, the new body will retain the IMM name, but will be based at the IMinE’s Doncaster building.
Graham Woodrow, secretary for the IMinE, will run the new IMM. He said the main reason for the merge is the growing overlap of technology between engineers in the two groups. Each institution currently has about 3,500 members.
The merge will save about £250,000 per year equivalent to the annual membership income of the IMM.
The IMM’s spacious Portland Place building could be sold for a sum in excess of £1m, but a smaller London office will be found to house the institution’s library and some support staff.
Approval of the merger is expected from the Privy Council within two months.