With great sadness and regret we were recently informed that Bob Silcock, a former partner at the practice, has passed away following a battle with motor neurone disease.
Bob started working with bptw on a consultancy basis shortly after the practice was founded, before becoming a full time member of staff in the early 1990s. He went on to become an equity partner before retiring in 2008 to spend time helping look after his grandchildren, and pursuing his passion for painting, with his work exhibited at various galleries including the Saatchi gallery.
As a highly experienced QS Bob’s attention to detail, accurate cost planning, and his considerable knowledge of contracts and contract law meant he was able to provide invaluable advice across the practice; younger members of staff in particular benefitted from his expertise and he helped many a part 1 and part 2 architectural student, not to mention several younger members of the QS team, progress on to the next stages of their careers. As everyone who knew him will testify, he was someone who cared deeply about what he did, always stylishly dressed, and quite simply a very lovely and charming person who will be greatly missed.
We have offered our condolences to his family and will be making a donation in Bob’s memory to the charity that the family has nominated, the Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases. We will also be looking at ways we can support the Motor Neurone Disease Association as part of our ongoing commitment to charities. Past and present members of the practice including several bptw partners are due to attend his funeral service on Monday,19th June.