This well-known firm, set up by Sir Robert “Concrete Bob” McAlpine in 1869, remains under family ownership. Recent high-profile contracts include the Olympic stadium, building the Emirates stadium for Arsenal Football Club and remodelling the Millennium dome as the O2 arena. The company has a long history in the energy sector. It worked at Sellafield, Windscale and Sizewell B and now invests in wind farms. Profits are up 64% a year, from £8.8m in 2003 to £39.2m in 2006. In the past month the company filed accounts showing operating profits of £57m in 2007, though pre-tax profits were down.
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