Papers of the Gerald Beech Partnership

Scope and Content

The Gerald Beech Partnership Papers relate to various projects the company was involved with, particularly the erection of Bedford House Staff Club and the Wyncote Development. There are also folders relating to smaller projects at a warehouse in Gloucester Place, Abercromby Square redevelopment/railings, Staff House extension into 5 Abercromby Square, Staff House future developments, Corporation Cottage, University Air Squadron buildings at 24-26 Oxford Street, the University Chaplaincy, Tate Hall, School of Architecture and the University Naval Unit at 18 Oxford Street. These folders consist mainly of correspondence, plans and drawings, tenders, certificates for payment, invoices, reports, minutes and costings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gerald R. Beech studied at the University of Liverpool, gaining a diploma in Architecture with distinction (1947), a Diploma in Civic Design (1948) and the B.Arch, ex-officio (1952). He became Lecturer and Studio Instructor in Architecture at the University from 1948-68 and Senior Lecturer thereon until 1988. At this time he was also engaged in work with his practice, Gerald Beech and Partners, later known as the Gerald Beech Partnership. In 1975 he was elected chairman of the North West Regional Council of the Royal Instiute of British Architects and with his partners appeared in the list of Highly Recommended Schemes published by the Department of the Environment.


The material has been maintained in its original order and listed according to project as follows:

  • D346/1: Bellis & Meek Ltd warehouse at Gloucester Place
  • D346/2: Abercromby Square Redevelopment (railings)
  • D346/3:  Staff House: internal alterations to form extension by inclusion of the adjoining premises at no. 5 Abercromby Square
  • D346/4: Staff House: Future Developments
  • D346/5: School of Architecture
  • D346/6: University Chaplaincy
  • D346/7: Tate Hall
  • D346/8: 24-26 Oxford Street (University Air Squadron)
  • D346/9: Corporation Cottage, Deiniolen
  • D346/10: 18 Oxford Street (University Naval Unit)
  • D346/11: Wyncote Development
  • D346/12: Bedford House Staff Club

Each folder is arranged chronologically, with plans often out of sequence at the front or back.

Access Information

Access is open to bona fide researchers.

Acquisition Information

Gerald Beech Partnership, Liverpool, 20 March 1986 .

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Conditions Governing Use

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Appraisal Information

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Related Material

Also at the University of Liverpool, the  Facilities Management Department contains records relating to University Buildings.