Municipal Group Scotland

Municipal Engineering covers all facets of Civil Engineering but is carried out within the public sector for a municipal, or local, authority.

For a fuller description of what Municipal Engineering involves, please follow the What is Municipal Engineering link to the right.

The main aims of the Municipal Group are to improve the understanding of the aspects of public sector engineering and to encourage a wider understanding of the strategic impacts of civil engineering procurement and delivery of efficient local services.

The Committee aim to support municipal engineers in their understanding of the socio-economic context of their work and to share knowledge and influence as it relates to public sector engineering, while promoting a broad understanding of government policies as they relate to the public realm.  This will be achieved by providing conferences and seminars focusing on municipal engineering.

The Committee will also work towards developing a contact network with government, civil service, local government associations and kindred associations and seek to raise awareness of municipal engineering throughout Scotland.

Membership of the Municipal Group is open to all professionals who are involved in public service delivery and is free of charge to those who also hold any grade of membership of the ICE whether employed by the public sector or not.

If you are interested in learning more about municipal engineering please contact the Honorary Secretary Malcolm Taberner,
Or if you feel you can add more to the profession and wish to get more involved with the Municipal Group you could become a Champion of the Group in your organization.  For more details of what is involved in becoming a Champion please click here to download the Champions Guidance Notes, or contact the Honorary Secretary Malcolm Taberner,

Historical Background

In the UK, the Association of Municipal Engineers, (subsequently named Institution of Municipal Engineers), was established in 1874 under the encouragement of the Institution of Civil Engineers, to address the issue of the application of sanitary science. By the early 20th century, Municipal Engineering had become a broad discipline embracing many of the responsibilities detailed above which were undertaken by local authorities.

In 1984 the Institution of Municipal Engineers merged with the Institution of Civil Engineers.  The Municipal Group, formerly known as AME, is the Institution of Civil Engineers’ own special interest group for professionals who work or are involved in public service delivery. The services our members provide underpin the fabric of modern society. Successful delivery of public services requires specialist skills and expertise, particularly in dealing with policies and people, all the more so as our members careers progress. 

The Scottish Division of AME was formed in October 1998 as an amalgamation of the East of Scotland and the West of Scotland Divisions. Prior to that time, the two Divisions had worked jointly in many ways. So far as is possible, the Chair of the Scottish Division has been held in rotation by members from the East of Scotland and the West of Scotland. The title AME Scotland was agreed in 2003 to suit the then new ICE logo with the suffix The Institution of Civil Engineers Municipal Group in Scotland. Being rather unwieldy in its full form, the shorter title ICE Municipal Group Scotland has since been adopted.