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The tables and statistics featured in the 2008 Top 100 have been put together using data supplied by Company Search, with additional research by Construction News, based on firms describing themselves as construction companies under standard SIC coding. Figures are correct to 24 July 2008.
Turnover figures are for group turnover and attempts have been made to remove turnover from joint ventures and from intergroup trading. The Top 100 is a list of the UK’s largest contractors and figures for bulk housebuilders are included separately.
Where firms have a mixture of contracting and house building turnover, attempts have been made to break the figures for contracting out from the group results.
Where results are taken from parent accounts reporting in euros, a standard exchange rate of €1 = 0.78 has been used.
In cases where multiple UK firms are owned by the same foreign parent, attempts have been made to aggregate results to give combined UK figures.
Sir Robert McAlpine: Figures for Sir Robert McAlpine are those for Newarthill, the official group name for the contractor.
HBG / Nuttall: Figures are taken from combined results for HBG UK and Edmund Nuttall, both of which are UK divisions of Dutch parent company Royal BAM Group. No accounting is possible of potential inter-trading between the firms.
Colas / Bouygues: Figures are taken from combined results for Bouygues UK and Colas Ltd, both of which are UK divisions of French parent company Bouygues SA.
Enterprise: Figures are those recorded by Kirk Newco, formed in March 2007 by 3i to allow the acquisition of Enterprise Plc.
Volker Wessels: Figures are for the UK activities of Dutch contractor Volker Wessels. Its operations in the UK include Volker Stevin UK, Fitzpatrick, Laser, John Crowley and a joint interest in GrantRail.
Vinci: Results are for Vinci Plc and Ringway Group, the two main UK subsidiaries of French parent company Vinci SA. The firm has further UK subsidiaries including Nukem, Bachy Soletanche and Freyssinet. The latest results from Vinci SA as a group indicated that the UK contributed revenues of around 1.6 billion last year.
Taylor Woodrow: Figures are for Taylor Woodrow Construction, the contracting arm of Taylor Wimpey.
Morrison: Figures for Morrison are those for Morrison Utility Services, the electricity, gas, telecommunication and water division of support services firm Morrison Plc.
Willmott Dixon: Since the closing date for its 2007 results, Willmott Dixon has reacquired housing and fit-out business Inspace in a 148 million deal. The business had previously been floated as a separate entity on AIM by Willmott Dixon in 2005. In its latest results, the firm hit revenues of 175 million.
Renew: Renew Holdings is the group holding company for a series of contracting businesses including Allenbuild, VHE, Britannia and Walter Lilley.
Miller: Figures are for Miller Construction UK Ltd, contracting division of house builder-to-contractor Miller Group.
Heijmans: Figures are from the annual report of Heijmans NV, the Dutch parent company of UK contractors Leadbitter and Denne, for its UK operations.
Brookfield: On 17 March 2008, Multiplex Constructions (UK) changed its name to Brookfield Construction (UK) following the sale of its Australian parent company to Canadian asset manager Brookfield.
Babcock Rail: On 12 July, First Engineering changed its name to Babcock Rail.
Rotary: On 26 February 2008, M&E services firm Rotary announced its merger with Australian firm Hastie Group.
Headcrown: Headcrown is the group name for a series of contractors including Browns Construction Group, Cruden Group, J F Finnegan and Gee Construction.
Imtech: Imtech is an M&E services group that features firms including Imtech Meica and Goodmarriott & Hursthouse.
GB Building Services: On 14 January 2008, Gleeson Building changed its name to GB Building Services.
Doyle: Doyle Plc is the parent company for a group of contractors including John Doyle Construction, Ibex, Bell Projects and plant hirer Blythewood.
Henmead: Henmead is the parent company of Preston contractor Eric Wright.
Forth Holdings: Forth Holdings is the parent company to Stirling-based M&E services firm FES (Forth Electrical Services).
SEH: SEH is the parent group for several contractors including Jackson Civil Engineering.