BILL ROBERTSON CBE has been given a lifetime achievement award by Homes for Scotland.
The accolade from the housing trade body was presented by Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan in front of 900 senior industry representatives and guests.
Bill Robertson founded the Robertson Group in 1966 and remains at the helm as Executive Chairman.
The business is now the largest privately owned infrastructure, construction and support services company in Scotland, with a 1450-strong workforce and a £1.7 billion forward order book.
Housebuilding has been an integral part of the Robertson business from the very early years.
In 1969 the company built and sold its first private house. By 1973 it created its first significant development of 26 houses near Elgin.
Then in 1975 Robertson undertook its first major design and build project – 50 local authority houses in Aberdeenshire.
Mr Robertson, said: “When I started Robertson almost 50 years ago my goal was to develop a multi-trades company and from the outset that vision included house building.
“We started small, building one-off houses on sites provided by the council.
“Part of the success at Robertson is down to our business model: we create individual, autonomous businesses each with their own management teams.
“This autonomy allows each Robertson business, including Robertson Homes, to grow and develop.
“During the recent industry downturn, we prioritised keeping the Homes team strong and operational. As a result of this strategy, our housebuilding business was in good shape when the market started to recover.”
He added: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to receive this lifetime achievement award.”