The BEAM Reseach Centre was formed in 2014 with the helpd of industry funding. 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.

As a Centre of international significance, BEAM recognises its responsibility to align its mission and activities with the scope and objectives of the newly adopted UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Many of the 17 goals are directly relevant to the work of the Centre; including those relating to "Sustainable Cities and Communities"; "Clean Water and Sanitation" and "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure".

The Centre also acknowledges the built environment’s impact on the lives of those who work in and inhabit buildings. As such, BEAM activities will seek to align with innovative international standards, such as the “Well Building Standardwhich encompass air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

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.