- Private ledger 1931-1935
- Private cash book 1931-1932, 1938
- Cash book 1934-1937
Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Midlands) Ltd, civil engineering contractors, London, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Midlands) Ltd , civil engineers, London, England, was incorporated as a limited liability company by the family partnership of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons , civil engineers, London, England, in 1930 . The company was established to take control of the parent companies civil engineering contract work in the centre of England in a similar way as Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (London) Ltd was already doing in the south of England. By incorporating the subsidiary company, the parent company was at less of a financial risk should a contract fail. The company's first chairman was Alfred McAlpine, Sir Robert's fourth son, who managed the parent company's interests in the Midlands and Wales with offices in Liverpool and Manchester.
The Mersey Tunnel Joint Committee refused to allow Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Midlands) Ltd control of the £1.5 million Birkenhead section of the Mersey Tunnel that was instead managed by the parent company between 1929 and 1935. However, contracts were received by the company for sections of the Manchester Ship canal and others in the north-west of England.
Russell, Iain F,Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons: The Early Years ( Wiltshire , 1988 )
The material has been arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd : 1985
Other Finding Aids
Digital and manual file level lists of the surviving records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, subsidiaries and related companies are available in the searchroom ref: UGD 254
Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 3111) and London (NRA32523)
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures
Held by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Kettering. Transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 1985 during the preparation of the company history.
This material is original
Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, January 2003
No alterations made to date