Rachel Sandbrook, Associate Director at Engenuiti, has been selected as one of the Design Council Cabe’s new Built Environment Experts (BEEs). Using her knowledge and breadth of experience, Rachel will provide advice from a structural engineering perspective and champion the delivery of high-quality design. She is joining an illustrious list of experts including award-winning architects, world renowned academics, leaders of professional bodies and pioneers of the built environment.

Clare Devine, Director of Design Council Cabe, said “this network has an unprecedented breadth of expertise, with specialists in public health, inclusion, SMART and culture, joining experts in planning and the built environment. We will harness our collective independent expert advice to instigate and foster innovative thinking, providing advice and support to effect transformational change across all aspects of the built environment.

As a passionate advocate of high quality design, Rachel sees her role as an enabler, generating structural solutions that allow the spaces envisioned by an architect to ‘sing’. She believes that good design needs to give rise to buildings that can provoke a positive emotional response from people; that can inspire and enthuse their stakeholders and users. This is shown through her work on award winning projects such as Keynsham Civic Centre, Thomas Deacon Academy, UEL Reception Building and the Oriam Sports Performance Centre in Edinburgh.

Rachel said “I’m delighted and very flattered to have been selected as a Built Environment Expert. The BEE team is full of exceptionally good architects and construction professionals, but to date, structural engineers have been less well represented. I’m very pleased to be able to offer my experience and knowledge as an engineer to an organisation whose foremost commitment is to good design.”

Nathan Wheatley, Director commented “Rachel’s experience across a wide range of sectors and types of building, and her devotion to working on projects that can contribute positively to the public good, makes her really well placed to take up this role. We’re very proud of her and confident that she can bring a fresh perspective to Design Council Cabe’s work.