Design CABE launches Built Environment Experts (BEE) network

Design CABE has launched a network of 250 Built Environment Experts (BEEs) who will support our work delivering high-quality designed places throughout England. 

Design CABE writes:

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 with us to ensure that design plays a crucial part in the development of UK’s built environment.

We’ve drawn from a range of sectors to create the BEE network, a broad and flexible group of highly respected specialists. The BEEs will provide multi-disciplinary support to communities, local authorities and developers involved in built environment projects.

The new BEE 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 and 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 role 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.

If you’d like to find out more about BEEs and the BEE Network, please email

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