Tribute to Barry Saunders

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Our dear friend and colleague Barry Saunders sadly passed away on 11th July 2021 at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Much admired and loved for his family values, friendship, professionalism, passion for sport, and a sharp dry sense of humour, he will also be remembered for his extraordinary skills in structural engineering and business which placed him leagues ahead of his peers.

Educated at the local grammar school in Lewisham he started his career at the age of 16 as a trainee draughtsman and engineer at Jenkins and Potter in High Holborn. Whilst working he studied to obtain his certificate in engineering and a degree in Structural Engineering which he completed by the time he was 21.

In 1971 Barry joined Leonard & Partners at their Croydon offices followed by a move to Maurice Baguley & Partners in 1973 where he soon became their youngest Partner. The office moved from Penge to Gatwick and then to Bromley, throughout this time Barry rose through the ranks to become Senior Partner.

Maurice Baguley amalgamated with Hurley Palmer Flatt in 2000 and moved to their offices in Purley, Surrey. In 2003 Barry moved on to develop KirkSaunders and then form Barry Saunders & Partners (BSP) in 2010. In 2016 BSP merged with ABSTRUCT LLP to form ABSTRUCT Consulting where Barry was a co-director until 2019.

The strongest of his business attributes was his ability to build trusted relationships, and many of his colleagues became friends over the years.

One sport which blended Barry’s love of competition with friendships was golf. With a group of friends at Black Heath golf course, The “Old Petomanians” society was formed. Its aim was to promote networking opportunities as well as being a lot of fun, and the members enjoyed events, days out and trips away. As well as a serious competitive side, Barry was involved in his fair share of playing pranks on his teammates which often left them rolling on the floor with laughter. Barry would plan events, cook them elaborate meals and awarded creative prizes to his teammates’ successes and failures on the golf course.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

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