The BEAM Research Centre was established in 2014 through the generous sponsorship of Jim Cochrane, an experienced international businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who bestowed a personal gift of £250k over five years; and £62k sponsorship (over 3 years), from Health Facilities Scotland.

The Centre’s research focus is on maximising social, economic and environmental benefit through the effective development, use and revitalisation of the built environment and through engagement with the communities involved. Building upon the initial seed funding already secured and current work to seek additional funding, the strategic plan outlines actions and outcomes in the area of healthy, safe and sustainable environments and capacity building and knowledge transfer activities.

The Centre’s Director is Professor Rohinton Emanuel, and Deputy Director Professor Billy Hare, who are both Professors of Construction. Professor Emanuel’s research focus is on sustainability and the built environment. Professor Hare is well known for his research on the management of construction health, safety and welfare.