CIOB: ‘Deep sorrow’ as Queen dies at 96

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has expressed “deep sorrow” at news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96.

The Queen passed away at Balmoral on the afternoon of 8 September 2022.

The Queen played a key role in the history of the CIOB. She granted its Royal Charter in 1980 for “the promotion for the public benefit of the science and practice of building and construction”.

CIOB chief executive, Caroline Gumble, said: “On behalf of the CIOB community worldwide, I would like to express our deep sorrow at the sad news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. The Queen’s grant of a Royal Charter was a hugely significant moment for us as an organisation. It transformed us from the Institute of Building and providing a clear path for us to grow as a global organisation and develop our public interest work.

“The Charter also sets the standards to which members are committed. It leaves a legacy of excellence and ethical behaviour, ensuring that all business for, on behalf of, or in the good name of the Institute is conducted to that standard and in accordance with the directions of the Royal Charter.”

Work in the public interest

A Royal Charter is granted by the sovereign on the advice of the Privy Council. They have a history dating back to the 13th century. New Charters are reserved for bodies that work in the public interest, which can “demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field”.

The objectives, as defined in the CIOB’s Royal Charter, are:

  • The promotion for the public benefit of the science and practice of building and construction.
  • The advancement of public education in the said science and practice. This includes all necessary research and the publication of the results of all such research.

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