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RIP Alf McAlpine

In repsonse to 'Farewell Alf McAlpine' (Leader, 7 February).

I write as a former long term employee of Alfred McAlpine and I welcome you lamenting the ending of this once great company. I am particularly saddened by the way in which its demise has been engineered.

Your article mentioned the company making its name in road building and its this that our long standing partnership with Leonard Fairclough – alas no more – resulted in our undertaking more motorway and trunk road contracts than any other contractor in the 1960-1990 period.

We were also massively into new power station work including the award by CEGB in 1975 of the main civils works contract at Dinorwig in north Wales and the joint venture sponsor led by my company, which was the highest value civil engineering contract ever awarded in the UKat that time.

Alfred McAlpine was renowned for the company’s long-term links with and commitments to its clients, not least CEGB, but also many private sector clients, for example Shell at Stanlow Refinery and Brymbo Steelworks, near Wrexham.

The company had an excellent working relationship too with its ‘sister’ and longer established company Sir Robert McAlpine – this was evident from the partnership which constructed the enormous Anchor project for British Steel at Scunthorpe 1970-73.

Thank you for your support and mourning for the sad farewell to a large slice of the illustrious, industrious McAlpine Fusiliers.

Chris Joel