AN urgent security review is under way after the son of a top businessman was electrocuted when he walked into a city centre power station after leaving a nightclub.
Stuart Allison, 22, was hit by a huge surge of electricity after entering the substation in Dewar Place.
The chartered surveyor, whose father, Ken Allison, is chief executive of Clydeport, was found dead by a security guard at the ScottishPower complex.
It is thought Stuart entered the grounds by mistake after leaving the nearby Revolution nightclub on Lothian Road early on
Saturday. He had spent the night with a group of friends as they celebrated a friend’s 21st birthday.
Speaking from his home in Callander, near Stirling, Mr Allison, who is also a non-executive director at Celtic, said: "This is a terrible blow to our whole family.
"He was the most glorious, lovely boy you could imagine.
"Stuart was a wonderful son and brother and his death is a tragedy for everyone who knew him.
"He lived life to the full and with courtesy and respect for others. He will be missed terribly."
Mr Allison is now comforting Stuart’s mother, Sandra, and sister Debbie, 24.
The sub-station, which sits beside the Western Approach Road, supplies thousands of homes in the west of the Capital with power.
The site is one of Edinburgh’s best-known electricity landmarks and is lit up at night in ScottishPower’s corporate colours of green and purple.
The colourful arrangement was put together to transform the structure into a work of art by renowned lighting architect, Jonathan Spiers.
Police are still piecing together exactly what happened in the run-up to Stuart’s death and ScottishPower has established their own inquiry. They will also review security at the scene.
A spokesman said: "As a major sub-station, it was enclosed and well protected.
"There is a full-investigation ongoing, as there always is in such cases. This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family."
Stuart was one year into his training with major chartered surveying firm Montagu Evans in Glasgow.
Bill O’Hara, the firm’s Scottish director said: "The whole place is stunned at this terrible news.
"He was an extraordinarily popular and very talented young man with a great future ahead of him. Our thoughts are with his family."
Tom Allison has built a reputation as one of the most astute businessmen in Scotland, with a public profile to match.
Clydeport is in its fifth year of profit rises and last September Mr Allison revealed the company’s ambitious 500 million plan to regenerate the River Clyde.
Clydeport aims to transform the Meadowside granary into a shopping, hotel and housing complex, creating 3000 jobs. Mr Allison is also one of the most enthusiastic high-profile backers of Scotland’s campaign to host the European football championships in 2008.
He was among the first big name businessmen to support the idea, along with Ken Grier, marketing director of Highland Distillers and Jim Faulds, chairman of the eponymous advertising agency.
A close family friend said Stuart’s funeral would likely be scheduled for the end of the week.
He added: "At the moment it is still unclear exactly what happened. The police will let the family know as soon as they have a fuller picture, but at the moment they are simply trying to come to terms with this."
A Lothian and Borders police spokesman said: "Officers were alerted by sub-station staff that a man’s body had been found early on Saturday morning.
"There are no suspicious circumstances.
"A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."