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Contract wins grow year on year to £3.1bn

Mace took a narrow victory in September’s contractor league as the combined value of wins settled down after a rocky few months.

 Top 10 contractors, Sep 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Mace 2 220.0
2 Morgan Sindall 22 217.0
3 Interserve 11 203.4
4 Bowmer & Kirkland 6 148.5
5 Wates 9 142.1
6 Winvic 5 124.8
7 Costain  1 120.0
8 McLaren  3 119.0
9 Balfour Beatty 6 115.5
10 Kier 22 115.4
  League tables are subject to revision 

The value of contracts across the top 50, which ranks contractors by wins during the month, stood at £3.1bn – down 19.6 per cent from August, but closer to the average for the calendar year of £3.49bn.

September’s total was also 21.6 per cent higher than the £2.55bn recorded for the same month of 2017.

Mace topped the monthly league with two deals worth £220m – its second monthly table victory this year, having also clinched first place in February.

Its winning haul was driven by a £180m residential contract at the Olympic Park’s East Village for developer Get Living, which will see the contractor deliver two towers – one 31 storeys, the other 26 – that will contain more than 500 homes.

Mace snatched victory for the month by just £3m over second-placed Morgan Sindall, which had to settle for second despite winning 22 contracts, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan. It was Morgan Sindall’s first podium finish in the monthly league since January, when it took third.

 Top 10 clients Sep 2018   Top 10 clients, year to Sep 2018 
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Leeds City Council 3 129.2   Department of Health 254 2,193.0
2 Network Rail 5 115.2   Department for Transport 41 2,062.4
3 Department for Education 14 105.0   Network Rail 81 1,473.7
4 Aldgate Developments 1 100.0   Department for Education 96 758.8
5 Delancey Estates  1 100.0   Homes England 15 550.2
6 Qatari Diar 1 100.0   Ministry of Defence 25 460.7
7 Scottish Government 4 98.0   EDF Energy 9 447.4
8 Department of Health 16 89.8   NNB  8 446.5
9 Lidl 5 76.9   United Utilities 19 381.6
10 First Panattoni 3 62.2   University of Cambridge 21 372.2
  League tables are subject to revision    League tables are subject to revision 

Having been fourth in August’s table, Leeds City Council continued a busy spell of contract awards with the £90m deal for Costain to design and construct the city’s bus priority corridor, plus a £30m contract for John Sisk & Sons to deliver transport upgrades.

The Department for Education has also maintained its recent purple patch, following up an eight-contract third place in July with 14 deals in September. Qatari Diar and Delancey meanwhile are the clients behind Mace’s East Village project in Stratford.

The Department for Transport, having relinquished its crown in the year-to-August table, is now gunning to get it back from the Department of Health, closing the gap to the summit in the latest 12-month league.

The DfE, Homes England, the MoD, EDF and NNB all climbed two spots each, after major awards from UK Parliament and Manchester Airport slipped outside the period covered. United Utilities went one better, climbing three places from 12th to re-enter the top 10.

Interserve secured 11 deals totalling £203.4m in September to complete the top three. These included a £150m contract to replace the Patterson Building in Manchester, continuing the firm’s ongoing relationship with joint clients Cancer Research, the Department of Health and the University of Manchester.

Bowmer & Kirkland was fourth for the month – representing its highest finish for a year-and-a-half – while Costain finally signed the £120m contract to redevelop Gatwick Airport’s railway station, which was enough to give it seventh place.

Other stand-out deals handed out during September included Bam’s appointment to a £90m design-and-build programme for Leeds’ bus priority corridor on behalf of the city council, while McLaughlin & Harvey bagged the £100m One Braham project for Aldgate Developments.

A total of 200 contracts were signed over the period by those contractors making up the top 50, down from 235 in August. This produced an average contract value for the month of £15.5m, down slightly from £16.4m in the previous month but up sharply from £12.4m in September 2017.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Sep 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 259 2,482.3
2 Wates 90 2,027.4
3 Galliford Try 123 1,839.6
4 Balfour Beatty 70 1,802.7
5 Morgan Sindall 192 1,445.2
6 Willmott Dixon 129 1,405.3
7 Royal Bam 69 1,324.7
8 Bowmer & Kirkland 71 1,274.1
9 Tarmac 53 1,136.0
10 Bouygues UK 24 1,110.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

In the annual table, Kier saw several major wins slip outside the period covered but still managed to maintain first place for yet another period.

Wates leapfrogged Galliford Try having enjoyed a busier few weeks in September, while Balfour Beatty was up one place due to Laing O’Rourke falling to 13th after its £1bn Manchester Airports deal fell out of the rolling total.

Mace and Morgan Sindall’s recent form pushed them up two places each in the table for the 12 months to September, taking fifth and 14th respectively, while Costain climbed eight spots to re-enter the top 20. 

At £33.39bn, the combined value of wins across the annual top 50 was relatively steady for the year to September compared with recent dramatic declines, down just 1.6 per cent from the year to August’s league.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Sep 2018 
  Click here for the full top 20  
  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 WSP 9 475.1
2 Aecom 7 289.3
3 Arup 8 262.5
4 Hurley Palmer Flatt 2 221.0
5 Walsh  1 200.0
6 Buro Happold 6 192.5
7 BWB 7 152.3
8 Mott MacDonald 3 129.0
9 Hoare Lea  6 125.4
10 Couch Perry & Wilkes  7 108.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

WSP clinched first place in September’s engineer table, its second top spot this calendar year after also triumphing in March. Aecom’s form continued with second, having topped June and been runner-up in April and May.

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