Contractor appoints commercial director and regional manager for London and the South-east

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Sir Robert McAlpine has hired former Morgan Sindall director Martin Pitt as commercial director.

Pitt was previously commercial director at Morgan Sindall, but exited the firm in February, as revealed by Building, alongside two other directors there as part of a shake-up of the firm’s management team.

Sir Robert McAlpine has also promoted Grant Findlay to become its regional manager for London and the South-east. He was previously deputy regional manager.

The appointments come after a period of tough trading for the contractor, including in London and the South-east.

Last month Sir Robert McAlpine posted a £89.7m pre-tax loss for the year to October 2014, which the firm blamed mainly on losses incurred on the huge Fitzroy Place mixed-use scheme in central London.

The firm said it had tightened up its processes and risk management following the loss.

Last October Sir Robert McAlpine’s London boss Vince Corrigan exited the firm after 30 years at the company and was replaced in his role by the firm’s director of operations, Tony Aikenhead.