Malcolm McAlpine, the former chief executive of Sir Robert McAlpine, has passed away after illness at the age of 93.
Tributes were paid to Mr McAlpine, the grandson of founder Sir Robert McAlpine, who joined the family business at the age of 18 and was working for the firm and attending industry functions up until his death.
Morgan Sindall executive chairman John Morgan said: “I was very sad to hear of the passing of one of our industry’s greatest leaders, who leaves behind a great legacy both in his work and in the hearts of all those that he inspired - myself being one of them.”
Executive chairman of Midas Group Steve Hindley said: “He was a phenomenal man who worked right up until the day he died. I enjoyed his company thoroughly and the joke I had with him was that my only ambition left in life was to be like him.
“He was a fabulous guy; I was at a dinner with him as recently as a few weeks ago and even at the age of 93 his opinion was always taken and he was more than capable of putting arguments to ministers as the leader of one of the biggest and most successful companies in the industry.”
Mr McAlpine was a member of the construction council at the Confederation of British Industry and worked on issues including public procurement and reform. He was described as a “great supporter” of the UKCG where he was a director and member of the executive committee.
CBI director-general John Cridland said: “Malcolm McAlpine was a great man and will be sadly missed. He was a significant contributor to the CBI and to British business over many years.”
UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe said: “Malcolm was passionate about the construction industry and a great advocate for us.
“He was an energetic member of UKCG and I personally benefited enormously from his wise counsel and enormous experience. He will be sadly missed by his many friends at UKCG.”