Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Midlands) Ltd, civil engineering contractors, London, England

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Private ledger 1931-1935
  • Private cash book 1931-1932, 1938
  • Cash book 1934-1937

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.

In 1984  , the company was renamed as Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Yorkshire) Ltd , changing again in 1992  to Sir Robert McAlpine (Yorkshire) Ltd . The company was dissolved in 1998  .

Russell, Iain F,Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons: The Early Years ( Wiltshire , 1988  )

Arrangement

The material has been arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Kettering. Transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 1985 during the preparation of the company history.

Accruals

None expected

Related Material

The records of the following Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons companies are held by Glasgow University Archive Services:

GB 248 UGD 254/1 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/2 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (London) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/3/1 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Scotland) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/3/2 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine Properties (Scotland) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/4 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Midlands) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/5 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/6 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Ireland) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/7 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Birmingham) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/10 Records of Dorchester House Hotel

GB 248 UGD 254/11 Records of Victoria Agency Ltd

GB 248 UGD 254/18 Records of McAlpine Ferro-Concrete Co Ltd

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance

Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, January 2003

No alterations made to date