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Contractor league levels out at £3.33bn in November

The contract-win top 50 stabilised in November as industrial specialist Winvic took its first league victory on record.

 Top 10 contractors, November 2017 
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Winvic 8 252.5
2 Lendlease 1 200.0
3 Willmott Dixon  13 181.9
4 Carillion  4 174.7
5 VolkerWessels 15 153.6
6 Morgan Sindall 21 134.4
7 Galliford Try 14 132.4
8 Royal Bam 6 124.6
9 John Sisk 3 118.0
10 Mace 3 114.8
  League tables are subject to revision 

Combined wins across the monthly table, which ranks contractors by the value of wins secured, hit £3.33bn in November, down 11.6 per cent from October’s £3.77bn.

This was below the average monthly total for the calendar year of £4.25bn. However, if we exclude August’s HS2-driven outlier of £12.35bn, then the monthly average for 2017 stands at £3.44bn.

Winvic scored its inaugural league triumph in November, its previous highest placing of seventh having come in July.

The industrial and distribution shed specialist bagged an eight-deal haul totalling £252.5m, which included a £56m scheme in Hemel Hempstead for Prologis as well as a £44m warehouse in Derby for Roxhill, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Lendlease took second spot in November after securing the £200m redevelopment of British Land’s One Triton Square, which will see the firm expand the building to provide 500,000 sq ft of office space as well as retail and leisure units. This was Lendlease’s joint-highest ranking on record for the monthly league, following on from another second place in January.

 Top 10 clients November 2017   Top 10 clients, year to Nov 2017 
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Network Rail 9 164.3   Department for Transport 40 3438.8
2 LB of Camden 4 123.5   Battersea Power Station DC 3 1607.0
3 Unite 2 110.0   Department of Health 246 1171.1
4 British Land  2 101.3   Manchester Airports Group  5 1024.9
5 Department of Health 24 99.5   Ministry of Defence 38 983.9
6 CCLRC 1 90.0   Network Rail 85 867.9
7 Boeing  1 88.0   Homes & Communities Agency 18 771.2
8 33 Grosvenor Place  1 86.0   National Grid 12 620.6
9 University of Cambridge 2 85.6   Department for Education 64 617.1
10 Environment Agency 3 77.0   Greater London Authority 28 523.9
  League tables are subject to revision    League tables are subject to revision 

Network Rail claimed top spot in the monthly client table for the first time since January 2016, while Unite took by far its highest ranking on record thanks to the £70m student housing scheme handed to Create.

British Land made its first appearance in the top 10 since January 2014, while Boeing was another debutant with its major Gatwick Airport project.

In the 12-month client table the Department for Transport’s lead was cut after the £900m HS2 enabling works were among several big contracts to fall outside the period covered. 

The MoD and Network Rail slipped two places and one place respectively, allowing Manchester Airports Group up from sixth to fourth and Department of Health up from fourth to third.

Willmott Dixon clinched third spot for the period by scooping 13 awards valued at £181.9m, just pipping Carillion. Other notable contracts in November included a £88m aircraft hangar project at Gatwick for Boeing, which propelled Sisk into ninth, while Mace secured 10th thanks to a £90m research centre development.

Elsewhere Laing O’Rourke won a £86m deal for work at 33 Grosvenor Place and Create will deliver a £70m university halls project in Liverpool for Unite Students.

The top 50 took home 235 deals in all during November, producing an average contract value of £14.2m. This was down marginally from £15.1m in October and £16.5m in November 2016.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Nov 2017 
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Sir Robert McAlpine 32 2946.3
2 Kier 247 2474.4
3 Balfour Beatty 71 2427.3
4 Morgan Sindall 332 2399.9
5 Laing O’Rourke 28 2344.7
6 Galliford Try 159 2204.1
7 Vinci 57 2103.2
8 Carillion 42 1426.6
9 Willmott Dixon 149 1407.2
10 Bouygues UK 37 1355.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

Looking at the 12-month contractor league shows that Sir Robert McAlpine has extended its advantage up top after Balfour Beatty fell from second to third.

Morgan Sindall also lost ground, being one of seven contractors for whom the £900m HS2 enabling works now fall outside their 12-month rolling totals – the others being Bam, Costain, Ferrovial, Laing O’Rourke, Murphy and Skanska.

Kier was among the beneficiaries, climbing from fourth to second for the year, while Galliford Try swapped places with Vinci to sit sixth. Bouygues rose from 16th to 10th, Bam fell from ninth to 13th and Skanska slipped from 12th to 14th.

Winvic meanwhile gained five places to enter the top 20 in 17th after its strong showing in November.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Nov 2017 
  Click here for the full top 20  
  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 CRE8 Structures 1 200.0
2 Price & Myers 6 148.1
3 Aecom 6 139.5
4 Couch Perry & Wilkes 6 132.9
5 Hoare Lea 9 127.7
6 Peter Brett 4 122.4
7 Mott MacDonald 4 109.0
8 Clancy 3 101.4
9 CH2M 1 100.0
10 Hydrock 3 92.3
  League tables are subject to revision

CRE8 Structures made only its second ever appearance in the engineering consultant top 20, clinching first thanks to a single £200m project. Price & Myers’ second place also represented a rarity, being only its third top-20 ranking on record. Aecom meanwhile continued its good run with third, having topped October’s engineering table.

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