Max returned from Massachusetts and worked for house builder Trafalgar House Developments, owners of the Cunard Line, building houses in the banlieues of Paris. He then joined with Brian, hosted in an attic in Grosvenor Street, to work on an entry for the international competition for the Parliament Building, the team including Nick Davis of Davis Langton and Everest quantity surveyors and Robin Dartington, a structural engineer with Arup Associates.
This proved to be a warm-up act for setting up BWCP – The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, the C being David Cohen RICS whom Brian met on the town planning course and who had been trained by Conrad Ritblatt and the College of Estate Management and was then working as a development surveyor in Europe for Bovis.
BWCP was loaned an attic in Grosvenor Street by Michael Rosenauer, architect of the Inn on the Park hotel (when he was 92 years old!) in order that Max Boisot and Brian Waters could work on the Parliament Building competition of 1971. We then set it up as a business in some office space in Covent Garden provided by the famous engineer Anthony Hunt. However he was part of the team that won the Parliament Building competition – although it was never built – and so he needed the space back and we had a week or two at the end of 1972 to find somewhere to go.
Max found a huge Cubitt property in Sussex Street, Pimlico which had not been occupied since the war. With a loan of 200 per cent of the freehold purchase price provided by John Rittblat, who had had a hand in training surveyor partner David Cohen, we moved in immediately to the lower floors, converting the upper part and adding a floor and eventually selling off the flats and repaying the debt. Hard times in the late 70s made us lease the office and we moved to Wilton Road once we sold the building.