About Us

BEAMS is committed to promoting good practice in conservation and championing design in the built environment

BEAMS is the trading company of the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust, a registered charity (number 232686) formed in 1963 to preserve and restore historic buildings. The company was set up in 1993* to offer a range of specialist skills in managing the historic environment to assist Local Authorities, architects, historic building owners and others within Hertfordshire and beyond. Today BEAMS continues this essential work and comprises a small but skilled team with a comprehensive knowledge of the conservation of the built environment.

Any profits earned by BEAMS are passed to the Trust for use in maintaining the Listed buildings it has rescued.

“Russ” David Russell Craig - 2nd July 1935 to 16th December 2019 Arch, RIBA, Dip TP, Dip Bdg Sc, MRTPI, was instrumental in setting up BEAMS Ltd
A well -known figure in Hertfordshire conservation with an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic buildings in the county. He worked in the Department of Architecture and Civic Design of the LCC and GLC before joining Hertfordshire County Council, where he was Head of the Design, Landscape, Archaeology and Conservation Unit 1980-96. He was Chairman of the Eastern Region of the RIBA and the Hertfordshire Association of Architects, Director of the SQ Environmental Trust and the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust (1976 - 1999), Vice Chairman of ARCUK (Architects Registration Council of the UK), a Council Member of the RIBA and Member of the CNAA (Council for National Academic Awards) Architecture Board 1976-1980. He was a contributor to Pevsner’s Buildings of England, Hertfordshire, and JT Smith's English Houses 1200 – 1800: The Hertfordshire Evidence. Studied Architecture at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, Town Planning at Regent Street Polytechnic, and Building Science at the University of Liverpool Department of Engineering.