After starting work as an apprentice bricklayer in Scotland, Sir Robert McAlpine founded this civil-engineering and building company in 1869. Since then it has spread its operations across Britain and been involved in landmark projects, from the Singer sewing-machine factory in Clydebank to Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in north London. The group’s current operations include the new National Indoor Sports Arena in Glasgow and the Quadrant redevelopment near Piccadilly Circus in London. The business is still owned and managed by the McAlpine family, and its sales hit £1,561m in 2009.

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Company details
CompanySir Robert McAlpine
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m1,561
Profit £m127
Year endOct 09
Principal shareholdersMcAlpine family (100%)

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