Bath engineer Rachel Burden, who’s worked on the early stage of the scheme to create a new Therapies Centre at the Royal United Hospital, has been awarded membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the oldest professional engineering association in the world.

Rachel went to Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath before studying Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton. She is now a Design Engineer with the construction giant, Kier Group, based in Bristol, specialising in temporary works.

Rachel received her accreditation certificate as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member (MICE) from ICE on 21 February, following a rigorous professional review process in 2019. She said: “I grew up in Bath and still live in the City, which is also home to my family. I was immensely proud to design the temporary works for the new Therapies Centre at the hospital, as this is hugely important to Bath as a whole, including my relatives and friends. In particular, I designed the foundation for the tower crane, which my grandparents could see from their house. This has given me a fantastic sense of achievement and highlights how civil engineering directly benefits local communities.”

ICE represents more than 95,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world, with 7,000 in the South West, who design, build and maintain transport, water, energy, waste and flood infrastructure.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West Regional Director, commented: “This is a significant personal and career achievement for Rachel, and we are proud to see her progress to become a Chartered Engineer Member of ICE. She joins a community of professionals who are committed to shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure on which we all depend. ICE congratulates Rachel on her success and looks forward to supporting her throughout her career.”

Rachel has also been involved with temporary works for projects across the South West, including the demolition work of the former post office building in Bristol. In addition to local building projects, she has designed temporary works on large infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail and Hinkley Point C, and has undertaken asset protection work for rail bridges in South Wales.

Main image: Rachel Burden receiving her accreditation certificate from Paul Sheffield, ICE President at the Institution’s headquarters at One Great George Street, London.