This special Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the property industry. This might be a project, company or individual, or perhaps a combination of all three.


Richard Beastall 



























Richard Beastall had a personality that would fill a room, and a joi de vivé that was contagious: Richard passed away on 5th August 2020 after a long battle with cancer but in his beloved husband Martyn, his loving family, friends, colleagues, and the wider property industry his enormous presence lives on. 

On a professional basis Richard leaves a legacy of having designed and created great office-homes for some of the most prominent firms in the City of London. Richard’s magic touch meant these workplaces reflected the unique blend of creative design and strategy that formed the DNA and culture of the firms that inhabited them.

Born in Matlock, Derbyshire, on 11th March 1961, he was seemingly destined for a career in property from a young age; Richard said: “I only ever wanted to be an architect. Even from the age of six, although I didn’t know what it meant then!”

Richard graduated from Nottingham University where he spent a year out at Nottingham County Council. It was there he said he learned a lesson which would stand him in great stead throughout his career: “Challenge the brief if that’s what is right”. 

He migrated to London and joined tp bennett in 1985, quickly becoming an associate and then progressing to partner. Richard was a trailblazer in collaborating with the end users and this led him to collate a range of specialist expertise together as one unit to start the practice’s interiors division. 

The success of Richard’s vision saw this division become a great success - from a team of 15, it is now the largest interiors team in the UK - and led to him being made manging partner. Like a Sir Alex Ferguson of the architecture world Richard had an innate ability to build a winning team. He was a magician at blending the individual skills into the whole, developing the career paths of colleagues, and nurturing their talent.

The lover of travel was ever approachable to all colleagues young or old, he would listen, help, and give advice – but not judge. Richard created strong collaboration between the project team and the client. These qualities meant everyone wanted to work for him and with him.

Richard was a conscientious and committed supporter of the BCO where he sat on the Management Board and set up the Banking Peer Review Group. This role entailed working with the often-austere Corporates in the City, who he would always win over with his confidence, his charm, and his creative abilities. His unique ability to blend architectural spaces with Interiors, creating inspiring places that people want to work in, can be seen in many City offices and beyond.

He developed a passion for the City which was requited when he became a Freeman of the City of London and an active participant in the Worshipful Company of Architects. Richard was also a keen supporter of the Outward-Bound Trust.

His career in the City prospered and he worked on high profile projects such as Swiss Re at St Marys Axe, or The Gherkin as it is known, and Goldman Sachs’ Fleet Street office.

Robert Mclean, of PWC, who collaborated with Richard, explained why it was such a joy to work with him: “He was such a big personality, brimming with energy and optimism”. And as another client and friend – the former was always the latter with Richard – Schroders’ Phillip Betteridge put it: “What a lovely talented man”.

The host of legendary dinner parties at his self-designed Bexhill seafront home, leaves a huge void and an abundance of happy memories. A future memorial service will celebrate Richard’s own glorious life and how he enriched the lives of all who knew him. The BCO President’s Award 2020, the first ever awarded posthumously, honours Richard Beastall for his immense contribution to our industry and for being a wonderful person; as BCO Past President Ken Shuttleworth summed up: “He was simply the best”.