The 2010 President’s Award goes to David McAlpine and the Sir Robert McAlpine family, a dynasty that started work in Glasgow in 1869.

The first contract for the Sir Robert McAlpine family was for a railway signal box for £4/10s. In time, Sir Robert took his sons into partnership and this continues today with eight members of the family as active partners.

From the 1920s, the commercial office sector became increasingly important to the company and over the years in London alone it has delivered in excess of a staggering 50 million sq ft. In today?s money, that represents over £10bn of construction contract value.

Major projects include Adelaide House on London Bridge in 1920, Berkeley Square House in 1937, The Shell Centre and Michael House for Marks & Spencer in the 1950s.

In a number of incidences, the company has built and rebuilt for a second time on the same site, such as the MEPC development on Buckingham Palace Road, which was subsequently rebuilt as Belgrave House and Ebgate House in the City, which has now just been completed as Riverbank House.

Today, Sir Robert McAlpine is finding form in a new breed of office schemes that place an emphasis on sustainability and flexibility: Cardinal Place, Bishop?s Square, New Street Square, Kings Place, Watermark Place, Drapers Gardens and Riverbank House to name but a few recent projects.

As well as in London, the company has built a host of landmark office developments across the country, from the magnificent HBOS headquarters on The Mount in Edinburgh to the highly sustainable Cabot House in Bristol and Spinningfields in Manchester. Away from offices, the company built the 1922 Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and The Eden Project. It is fitting that they are now building the main London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

The 2010 BCO President?s Award honours, for the first time, a contractor. This contractor turns the drawings into reality and its considerable abilities should never be underestimated. Sir Robert McAlpine performs with great integrity and much skill. Testament to the high level of service and satisfaction it provides to its clients is in the large amount of repeat business it receives.

The recipient of the award is David McAlpine, who is the oldest and longest-serving director on the construction board and who oversees the London and South East business, so he has been responsible for many of the projects mentioned. In his modest and unassuming manner, coupled with his shrewd business acumen, he has nurtured the relationships and has ensured the performance that has led to much of Sir Robert McAlpine?s recent success.