Founded in Scotland in 1869, this family-owned company has helped deliver landmark developments such as, in London, Bloomberg’s European headquarters and the 2012 Olympic stadium. At the end of last year its new chief executive Paul Hamer, 49, carried out an operational restructuring, reducing the number of its regional centres from six to four. Current projects include the £61m restoration of Big Ben. After the close of research, it reported 2017 sales of £892m and a loss.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank72
CompanySir Robert McAlpine
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationHertfordshire
Sales £m870
Profit £m8
Year endOct 16
Principal shareholdersMcAlpine family (100%)
Staff2,199
Founded1869
Websitewww.sir-robert-mcalpine.com

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