FoSH wishes to mark the passing of and pay tribute to our Patron, Sir William McAlpine who passed away on 4 March, aged 82. Our Chair, Patrick Lorimer, has written to his widow, Lady Judith McAlpine, to convey our condolences.
The invitation to become our Patron – together with Andrew Arrol – was made on the invitation of Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Sir William McAlpine’s passion for construction and engineering was legendary. Described as “humorous, self-deprecating and diplomatic with a shrewd business brain”, he imbued qualities that were also found in Sir William Arrol, whose vision and drive was central to the construction of engineering icons including the Forth Bridge and Tower Bridge.
FoSH is immensely grateful to Sir William McAlpine for supporting our campaign to SAVE Seafield House, Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr. We hope soon to be able to post the good news that Seafield House’s owners, econstruct design & build, has submitted its planning application to restore and convert the house into apartments and build homes in the grounds.
The link below is to Sir William’s obituary in The Telegraph, one of many written to mark the passing of an engineering and construction legend: