Meet the team

David Neil - Quantity Surveyor

A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, David joined us in 2015 after spending the first eight years of his career with a major contractor. He has already worked on the Chapel Wharf project – we caught up with him on his latest project, Embankment West.

What were your first impressions of the business?

Joining Sir Robert McAlpine was a big step in my career. Entering the Manchester Head Office for my first day was a tad nerve racking, with unfamiliar surroundings and equally unfamiliar faces. However these nerves were soon eradicated via a fantastically warm welcome.

What makes Sir Robert McAlpine different?

There is a huge sense of pride throughout the organisation, based upon a rich family heritage. It is also an organisation known by those beyond the industry. There is a familiarity and respect for the business.

What’s been your proudest moment so far?

Great time and effort was invested by the Chapel Wharf team during the Pre-Construction Stages of the project. Taking the largest project in the region to site in November 2016 was a great sense of achievement.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Often the sound of restless dogs awaiting their breakfast. On a serious note, it’s providing for my family, and making them proud of my achievements.

What are your future ambitions?

Having a young family, my primary focus is to work on fantastic projects locally to Manchester.

Which qualities do you think it takes to succeed here?

Being a team player. Never being afraid to ask a question (as silly as it may be). Taking pride in your work.

What’s your favourite Sir Robert McAlpine project?

Chapel Wharf is a fantastic project which continues to showcase our offering. As the largest project in the region (995 apartments across 4 blocks) it was a fantastic introduction to the business.

How would you sum up Sir Robert McAlpine in three words?

Heritage. Family. Enjoyment.

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining us?

It’s a great place to work. You will be surrounded by fantastic people who will help you to settle into the renowned and highly reputable McAlpine way of working.


Meet the team

  1. Max Hacon

    Max Hacon - Graduate Engineer

    After graduating in Civil Engineering at Bristol University, Max joined us in January 2018. We caught up with him to find out more about the start of his career with us.

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  2. Ella Mills

    Ella Mills - Apprentice

    Ella is undertaking a Planning Apprenticeship, whilst studying Construction Management at London Southbank Uni. We caught up with Ella to learn about her experiences so far.

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  3. Robert Leach - BIM Co-ordinator

    Robert studied Computer Games Modelling and Animation at the University of Derby, and then joined a major contractor in their Building Information Modelling function. We spoke to Robert about working in BIM at Sir Robert McAlpine.

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    Whilst some trade professionals are recruited directly in one or two regions, the vast majority will be engaged through our Managed Service Provider.

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  2. Inclusion

    Family is an enduring value at Sir Robert McAlpine. We value and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique – and we understand that diverse teams are richer, more creative and productive.

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  3. Meet the Team

    Meet The Team

    Meet some of the diverse and talented employees who make our business what it is. Hear their stories and see why they’re proud to be part of the team.

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  4. Why Join Us

    Why Join Us?

    We’re an employer that genuinely stands apart from our peers. Here’s why there is nowhere else like Sir Robert McAlpine to do the job you love.

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    Experienced Hires

    Keen to take on new challenges and greater responsibility? At Sir Robert McAlpine, you will find the opportunities you need to take your career to the next level.

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    Early Careers

    Whether you’re a school leaver, student or graduate, we can provide the perfect launch pad for your career.

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