Sir Robert McAlpine gets new engineering director

Sir Robert McAlpine has appointed Andrew Hunter as its new director of engineering.

Hunter joined the construction and civil engineering firm in 2018, as a technical director, having previously held senior leadership positions at Skanska.

He succeeds Alison Cox, who left the position in August 2021, to take on the role of managing director for London, the firm’s largest region.

In his new role, Hunter will work alongside the executive leadership team, which is responsible for making decisions around business strategy and performance.

Commenting on his appointment, Hunter said: “I’m delighted at the opportunity to take on the role of director of engineering and manage such a talented team of individuals.

“Sir Robert McAlpine has a well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s leading construction and civil engineering companies, and I look forward to continuing this legacy of exemplary project delivery and technical excellence.”

Sir Robert McAlpine chief executive Paul Hamer said: “Over the past few years, Andrew has been instrumental to our success and his level of insight has proven invaluable.

“We are excited to see him apply his talents to our UK-wide operations, and look forward to his engineering and technical input at the highest level of our business.”

Last month, the Hertfordshire-based company reported a profit of £9.18m for the year 2020-21, turning over £937.1m.

This marked a return to profit after Sir Robert McAlpine suffered a loss before tax of £26.8m in 2020, caused mainly by litigation regarding work on defects on older projects.

Sir Robert McAlpine, along with 12 more of the UK’s largest private contractors, could soon be subject to compulsory audits if new government regulations to avoid further large-scale corporate collapses are approved.

It comes after the collapse of Carillion in 2018.

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