Everyone is Welcome at Sir Robert McAlpine

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Everyone is Welcome

At the place where my mummy works there are lots of different people.

They build lots of buildings.

Some where people go to work.

Some where they go if they want to watch a concert.

Some for football.

And some are even schools!

Some I don’t even know what they are for.

It takes lots and lots of different people to make the buildings.

You need some who are good at maths and science..

..some who are good at digging

… and some who are super strong.

Mummy says having lots of different sorts of people makes it a really good place.

Because you get to make all sorts of friends.

With all sorts of people.

At mummy’s work everyone is different.

And that’s what makes it special.

At Sir Robert McAlpine Everyone is Welcome.

We are committed to leading by example on inclusion, and inspiring industry wide change. We are proud to say that, at Sir Robert McAlpine, everyone is welcome.

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At Sir Robert McAlpine, we pride ourselves on being more than a builder.


Our people are the lifeblood of our business, and we are determined that everyone feels welcome, valued and included.

We are a family business, and we succeed as a team. Creating a culture where everybody feels comfortable and can thrive is fundamental to our collective future.

The contribution we make goes beyond the projects we deliver to include the impact we have on people, places and society.

It is a sense of purpose that has evolved as we have changed in response to the world around us.

And it is founded on a belief that anybody and everybody should be given the chance to fulfil their potential.

Perhaps that’s because our founder started with from humble beginnings, and why more than 150 years on, we are so proud to still bear his name.

Inside our Inclusion Report 2021

We see a flexible working culture as the key to unlocking a more inclusive future.

We strongly believe that at the core of every successful business is a motivated and happy workforce. To get there we need to shake off the constraints of traditional and rigid working arrangements and explore the many options that make up flexible and agile working.

It’s why, for example, we have introduced the right to request flexible working from day one, and we have responded to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) flexible working consultation to support the Government in making flexible working accessible to all. 

It’s also why we introduced a gender-neutral family leave, so that all parents have the same rights when they welcome a new member into their families.

Find out more about flexible working at Sir Robert McAlpine.

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Supporting Women in Construction

Our Beyond 1% Podcast began as a series highlighting the real experiences of women in construction.

By sharing their stories we hope to empower and educate those on and off site and to highlight the many opportunities open to women in our industry.

Listen to the Beyond 1% Podcast.

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As a business that’s proud to say Everyone Is Welcome, we want everyone to be able to be 100% themselves at work. 

Our seven Affinity Networks are there to make sure everyone has a voice and is heard at a senior level.

The groups bring together people who share similar interests, experiences or challenges, along with members who are simply passionate about inclusion.

Our Affinity Networks have a key strategic role to play in helping get us to where we need to be. They also act as a check on the business, making sure we do what we say we are going to do.

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Given that mental health problems affect so many of us in our lives, either personally or through friends and family, it’s strange that it’s an issue we still seem to struggle with talking about.

We’ve trained Mental Health First Aiders across the business who act as a first point of call for those struggling or worried about someone. 

We have toolbox talks and a wide range of resources and information available so that our people know how they can access the help they need when they need it. 

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Giving back with Strong Foundations

After the success of the 150 Grassroots campaign, we wanted to go a step further. Our aim was to find a way to create a tangible, long-lasting and measurable impact on the communities close to our projects.

In February 2020, we introduced our Strong Foundations Grant, in partnership with social enterprise ActionFunder, by Semble.

Recipients range from organisations working with those with dementia to supporting refugees, victims of domestic abuse, the elderly, a variety of youth programs, and outdoor projects.

Paralympic Athletes

Inclusion underpins ties with the British Paralympic Association

Our partnership with the British Paralympic Association is something we’re extremely proud of. Supporting the most inspirational team of athletes in the UK felt like the right thing to do and reflects both our passion for inclusion and our constant pursuit of excellence.

Through a series of virtual sessions, they were able to share their stories with our people, passing on tips on building resilience and overcoming challenges and offering an insight into their preparations for the Games in Tokyo.

To help show our support for the team we held our own virtual baton relay complete with video. Watch our ‘Pass the Baton’ relay here.

We were also honoured to be joined by athletes Amy Truesdale and Richard Whitehead for a special Beyond 1% Podcast episode on inclusion.

Together they shared their thoughts on the importance of creating an inclusive culture, the changing language around disabilities, and how they felt about representing their country in Tokyo.

You can listen to the podcast here

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Download our Inclusion Report 2021

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Find out more about inclusion at Sir Robert McAlpine

  1. People & Culture Inclusion


    'We treat each other like family'. It's the ethos that we live by and that underpins our culture.

    Read more about Inclusion
  2. Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Flex Appeal, and Paul Hamer, CEO of SRM

    Flexonomics: The economic and fiscal logic of flexible working

    24 Nov 2021

    Download “Flexonomics: The economic and fiscal logic of flexible working” published by Pragmatix Advisory and commissioned by Mother Pukka and Sir Robert McAlpine, the first in-depth report to showcase the benefits of flexible working to the UK economy.

    Read more about Flexonomics: The economic and fiscal logic of flexible working