Release date 12 July 2012
The Cabe team at the Design Council has today launched a network of 250 Built Environment Experts (BEEs) who will support its work delivering high-quality designed places throughout England. Hanif Kara (part of the design team for the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo), Colin Haylock (Royal Town Planning Institute President), Liane Hartley (Co-founder of Mend and one of NESTA’s top 50 new radicals) and Sarah Foster (RTPI’s Young Planner of the Year 2010) are just a few of the 250 experts that will work to ensure that design plays a crucial part in the development of UK’s built environment.
Cabe’s new network is a broad and flexible group of highly respected specialists, drawn from a range of sectors. The network will provide multi-disciplinary support to communities, local authorities and developers involved in built environment projects.
Good design is fundamental to the production and maintenance of high quality places - it enthuses, inspires and encourages people to participate in the planning process to create unique places in which people choose to live and work. The new BEEs network will support the Cabe team to deliver quality services to its clients, helping them to balance diverse and competing needs. Whether it’s supporting Cabe’s Design Review service or getting stuck in with community engagement work, the BEEs will provide independent advice to challenge, encourage and support Cabe’s clients to make the right design decisions.
There are 250 BEEs in the new network. One hundred of these will be working with Cabe for the first time, broadening and deepening the expertise the team offers to clients. Cabe’s BEEs will not act as consultants, and will not be chosen by the client. They will be assigned to the client by the Cabe team and their task is to mentor design procurement, deliver training on the role of design in neighbourhood planning, and participate in the crucial Design Review process. Partnership and collaboration will be key to delivering these services.
Nahid Majid, Director of the Cabe team at the Design Council, commented on the launch:
“Cabe’s Built Environment Experts (BEEs) make up an unparalleled network to provide design support to projects throughout the country. The BEEs represent the best in their network and can bring insight, innovation and best practice to the design projects that matter. Cabe’s BEEs are a flexible and diverse group drawn from various disciplines. We’ve signed up people from architecture, planning and infrastructure backgrounds, as well as academics, health specialists, and community engagement workers, to bring an informed expert viewpoint and help Cabe champion good design.
Liane Hartley, Co-founder of Mend and one of NESTA’s top 50 new radicals, commented on her inclusion in the network:
“I’m delighted to be a BEE. We have a really important job to do in helping Cabe to advise professionals and community groups on how to achieve the highest design outcomes in their plans. I’m exciting about working with Cabe for the first time and impressed by the range, quality and calibre of my fellow BEEs. Let’s get to work!”
Notes to Editors
1. Cabe is the successor to CABE, the Government’s advisor on Architecture and the Built Environment, which merged with the Design Council in April 2011.
2. For eleven years CABE championed good design in the built environment. In its new home at the Design Council, the Cabe team is building on this legacy with the help of the new Built Environment Experts network.
3. The Design Council is a charity which enables people to use design to transform communities, business and the environment for the better. Its work places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services, improving the built environment and tackling complex social issues. The Design Council inspires new design thinking, encourages public debate and informs government policy to improve everyday life and help meet tomorrow’s challenges today.
4. The UK Government has recognised the role of design in achieving sustainable development and has called upon the Cabe team at the Design Council to work with communities, local authorities and developers to help deliver prosperous places that benefit everyone.
6. For further information, including profiles for a selection of BEES, or interview requests, please contact:
Tim Crowley, Head of Communications, Design Council: 020 7420 5263 / 07748 906897 firstname.lastname@example.org