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Balfour pips Kier to contract league title in March

Balfour Beatty scored its first monthly contractor league win since August last year with a £290m haul in March.

 Top 10 contractors, March 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Balfour Beatty 6 289.8
2 Kier 26 258.8
3 Bouygues UK 2 133.0
4 Royal Bam 10 132.9
5 Winvic  4 129.5
6 Buckingham  7 127.8
7 VolkerWessels 4 110.0
8 Ardmore 1 105.0
9 Bowmer & Kirkland 9 101.9
10 Morgan Sindall 11 100.3

League tables are subject to revision 

The contractor signed six deals during the month, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan, including a £200m mixed-use development for King’s College London (pictured).  

This was enough to send Balfour to the top of the monthly top 50, which ranks contractors by the value of deals secured during the month.

King’s College has brought in Balfour to deliver 643 student homes, offices and exhibition space on its Vine Street site, which incorporates remains of the London Wall built by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago.

Balfour took the top spot ahead of Kier, which clinched second place in March with 26 contract wins – the highest total by volume of any top-50 contractor.

Among Kier’s notable deals during the month was a £100m project with Equitix for the University of Leicester.

Bouygues UK was third for the month having signed a £105m contract to construct a town hall and civic centre for Tower Hamlets Council in east London.

Elsewhere Ardmore took eighth having sealed a £105m student accommodation project for Imperial College London, while Forrest was confirmed as main contractor on the £68m No1 Old Trafford residential scheme for developer Cole Waterhouse. 

 Top 10 contractors, year to Mar 2018 
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 278 3,054.1
2 Balfour Beatty 75 2,925.5
3 Sir Robert McAlpine 30 2,845.5
4 Galliford Try 138 2,426.1
5 Laing O’Rourke 23 2,322.3
6 Morgan Sindall  276 2,248.1
7 Vinci 47 2,137.9
8 Bouygues UK 33 1,757.1
9 Wates 95 1,556.5
10 Willmott Dixon 139 1,532.0

League tables are subject to revision 

In the annual league table, Balfour Beatty’s busy month drove it up from fourth to second – its highest position since the table covering the year to October 2017.

Morgan Sindall swapped places with Vinci to assume sixth place for the year to March, while Bouygues’ strong performance sent it up one rung to eighth, and Wates gained three places to sit ninth.

It was a bad period for Mace, however, which slipped from eighth to 12th in the annual league, while Skanska UK was down three to 18th.

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