Royal recognition for The Association of Building Engineers as industry anticipates new growth

The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) was presented with a Royal Charter today by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The ceremony, which took place at an event at Gray’s Inn, London, represents a major landmark in the Association’s 88-year history and enables members who qualify, to become Chartered Building Engineers.

The Charter was granted following a petition to Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of the Association’s contribution to raising standards in building engineering, developing the profession and sharing knowledge.

ABE’s patron Lord Lytton and president Stanley Barker-McGuire welcomed guests including Sir David Brewer, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Dr Peter Bonfield, group chief executive of BRE.

ABE chief executive, Dr John Hooper, said:

“Today is a great day for our membership, but also for the future of the building engineering profession. With current research pointing towards significant growth in the global construction sector over the next six years, the industry is at an important crossroads. But it does need to change. There will be increased competition, greater integration of the supply chain and with the UK’s ageing demographic, a shortage of future professionals. Becoming a chartered organisation will help us take even more of a leading role in the industry response to these challenges and to prepare the industry – by offering education and training – to optimise future opportunities.”

The ABE now becomes the Chartered Association of Building Engineers offering various grades of membership from student to graduate/technician and Chartered Building Engineer.

Hooper explained:

“To be a chartered body is acknowledged as being of the highest standard. Those members who qualify to be included on the Charter Register (Registrants) will all have to demonstrate annually that they have met Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and must agree to a Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.”

The ABE petitioned for the Royal Charter after an almost unanimous vote by its members in favour of doing so. Today, the granting of Charters is comparatively rare to years gone by and the Association had to meet stringent requirements, demonstrating its solid record of achievement, the calibre of its members and its role in educating building engineering professionals.