Peter Corbett


MEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE
Associate director and structural engineer Peter Corbett combines idealism and pragmatism in his approach to engineering design. An experienced collaborator with architects, clients, makers and designers — nationally and internationally — he works to ensure structural efficiency, buildability and low-carbon credentials alongside structural elegance.

Peter is very interested in structures that are designed to be seen, and he has a passion for advanced timber engineering. Both are demonstrated in the range of imaginative projects in his portfolio representing the residential, education, commercial and heritage sectors, and places of worship.

Notable projects include: the folded plate vaulted Stroud Chapel, realised in cross-laminated timber; the refurbishment of Rudolph Steiner House in London; a new wing for Gorton Monastery in Manchester; the redevelopment of Frampton and Woolridge Way Estates for Hackney Council in London; the phased reconstruction of a series of buildings for a Buddhist monastery using Passivhaus principles; a multi-faith centre in the USA; and a range of residential conversions and extensions using various forms of timber construction.

He came to Whitby Wood from Corbett & Tasker (C&T), an engineering practice he co-founded in 2013 with David Tasker. Projects he led at C&T have been recognised in the industry by numerous structural awards, and several architectural and sustainability awards. Technical articles on his structural work have appeared in industry publications. Prior to C&T, Peter was at Ramboll UK, where he honed his skills in structural design and project leadership, working from concept design stage to on-site delivery. He leads a project team at Whitby Wood, working on projects of all shapes and sizes — in particular on advanced timber design and refurbishment — including further religious buildings using his experience with sacred geometry and architecture.

Peter is an excellent communicator with a highly practical mind and positive outlook. He supports open and early relationships with client and architect teams, helping people see the value of structural engineering in achieving design aims and budget targets. He uses his skills in this area when teaching at tertiary level, where he often focuses on helping architecture students develop their ideas within their project briefs.

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