Bob was introduced as Site Manager at the pre-start meeting and was instrumental in delivering this challenging
project. It was set in the heart of a very sensitive environment (being the upper floor of an acute hospital) with
severely ill children of all ages in the surrounding areas. We would note this was truly one of the most complex
M&E healthcare installations that we have undertaken in more than 30 years of private practice. The brief and
project scope had several twists and turns, some of which had a significant bearing on the overall duration,
complexity and value.
Throughout the very often stressful project, which was all consuming for those involved at the frontline, Bob
managed to carry himself in a manner that belittled the complexity, stress and urgency that accompanied the
numerous issues that such a high profile project commanded on a daily basis.
He readily conveyed a confident and caring manner along with a depth of understanding on the issue at hand
that gave everyone around him the confidence that no matter the subject there would be a way through the issue
if we all worked together. His ability to keep a calm head in these often heated and politically charged situations,
is an admirable quality, which many would do well to copy.
By their very nature modern construction projects are not delivered by a single individual. Bob’s ability to manage
the varying personalities on a large site project team that often exceeded 60 staff throughout the Covid pandemic
was a key aspect to the successful delivery of the project. Although this is not a tangible piece of the project
itself it is nonetheless key to maintaining an efficient and motivated team who he knows how to oversee in order
to get the best out of them.
Stephen KerrWylieshanks Architects