- Register of members and share holders 1907
- Nominal ledger 1925-1940
- Balance sheets 1912-1931
Records of Victoria Agency Ltd, civil engineering contractors, London, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
In 1906 , Malcolm McAlpine, a partner in the firm Robert McAlpine & Sons , civil engineering contractors, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, managed the Irish side of the family business. However, he was restless and hankered after a position in the business that would offer him greater responsibility and new challenges. In 1906, he presented his father and brothers with a proposal that the firm establish a London office with him in charge as the company was little known in England. If McAlpine could establish a reputation in London, it would gain acceptance on tender lists for valuable contracts in the south. The other partners were willing to give the venture a try but realised that it involved a heavy risk of failure. Malcolm was given 2 years to establish the London office on the understanding that if the firm lost over £30,000 on its southern operations then the office would close and the project abandoned.
In 1907 , the Victoria Agency Ltd , a limited liability company, was established in London to handle the London side of the business with Malcolm in charge. The company had a share capital of £5,000 divided between the partners of the firm and the Victoria Agency's office manager, Lawrence Weaver. Malcolm joined St Stephen's Gentleman's Club in London, a club popular with architects and engineers, as a means of establishing the firm's reputation. The company one its first contract, valued at £34,500, in August 1907 to build a wharf at Rushenden, Kent, England. It won 2 more contracts there and, at the end of 1908 , the company won its biggest contract at £150,000 for the Island Barn Reservoir at East Molesey, Surrey, England, for the Metropolitan Water Board.
The Victoria Agency continued to trade until the 1940s , although the main London and southern trade of the company was handled by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (London) Ltd from 1926 .
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)
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Held by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Kettering. Transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 1985 during the preparation of the company history.
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Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, January 2003
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