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Kier clings onto annual summit as Morgan takes May

Morgan Sindall topped May’s monthly contractor table as the value of top 50 wins stabilised and Kier clung onto the annual league summit.

 Top 10 contractors, May 2016  
  Click here for the full top 50    
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Morgan Sindall 19 243.6
2 Balfour Beatty 7 179.6
3 Wates 15 166.0
4 ISG 18 106.4
5 Laing O’Rourke 5 105.6
6 Galliford Try 11 104.6
7 Keepmoat 14 94.1
8 Kier 19 76.9
9 Willmott Dixon  22 73.1
10 Ogilvie  2 61.9

The total value of deals struck during May across the leading 50 contractors dipped to £2.14bn – down just 2.3 per cent on the previous month’s £2.19bn.

May’s total was, however, 40.7 per cent lower than the same month of 2015, when wins hit £3.61bn, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Despite this, the average value of contracts in May 2016 was actually slightly higher than the previous month: 209 deals were signed in May, giving an average of £10.3m, compared with 231 deals in April at an average of £9.5m.

Morgan Sindall was the leading contractor in May’s monthly table thanks primarily to a contract for Bournemouth Borough Council.

The company has taken on a £102m project as part of the wider redevelopment of Bournemouth’s former Winter Gardens theatre site. This was one of an impressive 19 deals for the month that left Morgan Sindall with a total haul of £243.6m.

Balfour Beatty took second place in May’s contractor league having collected seven deals worth a combined £179.6m.

Balfour’s wins included a £130m contract to create a lorry park in Kent for Highways England and the Department for Transport – a project that follows on from the contractor’s previous work creating a temporary solution to the unprecedented disruption on the M20 last year.

 Top 10 clients, May 2016   Top 10 clients, 12 months to May 2016 
  Click here for the full top 50        Click here for the full top 50    
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Department for Transport 2 142.0   Department for Transport 48 4200.3
2 Bournemouth Borough Council 5 142.0   Thames Water 8 1539.1
3 National Grid 2 100.8   Greater London Authority 17 1312.0
4 Imperial College 1 76.2   Network Rail 81 1161.5
5 Henderson UK 1 54.0   Department of Health 245 1004.8
6 University of London 1 49.3   Dept. Regional Development 12 479.2
7 Department of Health 9 48.5   Argent  8 417.1
8 Wokingham Borough Council 2 45.9   Tottenham Hotspur 3 412.3
9 Western Power Distribution 2 45.0   Department for Education 39 400.5
10 Home Office 1 45.0   ProLogis  14 360.3

Balfour Beatty’s lorry park contract was the main driver of the Department for Transport taking top spot in May’s client table. Bournemouth Borough Council’s award to Morgan Sindall on the Winter Gardens redevelopment was one of five deals handed out by the local authority in the month, giving it second place.

National Grid, Imperial College, University of London, the Department of Health, Wokingham BC and the Home Office completed what was a heavily public sector-orientated top 10.

As with the annual contractor table, the 12-month client league saw many of its big hitters record declining hauls for the year to May. Despite the Department for Transport being among those to slip back, a sharper decline over at Thames Water meant the DfT actually extended its lead.

The Greater London Authority returned to the top three for the first time since the year to September 2015, while the Department for Education fell down to ninth having been fifth, as Argent re-entered in seventh.

Several other stand-out deals were finalised in May, including National Grid’s £100m gas pipeline contract in Humberside to a joint venture comprising Skanska, A Hak and Porr.

Fourth-placed ISG meanwhile secured a £40m job on a library in Wokingham for the borough council, while fifth-placed Laing O’Rourke won a £76.2m residential scheme for Imperial College London.

 Top 10 contractors, 12 months to May 2016 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 219 2086.0
2 Galliford Try 135 1972.1
3 Bouygues UK 37 1775.2
4 Carillion 49 1750.3
5 Balfour Beatty 53 1731.2
6 Royal Bam 78 1651.6
7 Morgan Sindall 237 1395.5
8 Costain 18 1387.5
9 Mace 33 1069.8
10 Wates 86 995.9

For the 12-month contractor table, Kier just about held onto first place despite its haul declining, leaving second-placed Galliford Try within striking distance of the summit.

Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Bam and Morgan Sindall all moved up a place each to sit fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, after Laing O’Rourke fell 10 places to 14th due to several major deals falling outside the period covered, including its contract on Swansea Bay’s tidal lagoon.

Costain climbed two places to eighth, while Mace re-entered the annual top 10 in ninth having fallen outside of it the previous period.

The combined value of the top 50 contractors for the 12 months to May declined sharply compared with the 12 months to April, down by an unprecedented 15.1 per cent to sit at £28.36bn.

The marks the sixth successive contraction in the value of the annual league – but by far the sharpest decline of this sequence so far.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, May 2016 
  Engineering Consultant No Total (£m)
1 Aecom 1 62.0
2 Curtins  5 49.2
3 Arup 2 47.7
4 Rolton  1 40.0
5 Kirk Saunders  1 36.5
6 Sutcliffe  1 35.0
7 Waterman  2 32.3
8 Hopkins Coats Associates 1 27.1
9 Rogers Leask 1 27.1
10 Wardell Armstrong 1 25.0

Aecom was May’s top engineering consultant for the second consecutive month in what was a low-value period. Curtins re-entered the top 10 in second, while Arup chalked an impressive third successive podium place.





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