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Kier dominates April contract win league

Kier topped the contractor league for the third time in five months with a monthly haul more than double that of its nearest competitor.

 Top 10 contractors, April 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier  28 547.8
2 McLaren  4 233.9
3 Royal Bam 8 229.7
4 Balfour Beatty 8 228.8
5 Wates  7 206.4
6 Robertson  4 183.0
7 Ardmore  1 145.0
8 Morgan Sindall 14 132.6
9 Ferrovial 3 125.7
10 Willmott Dixon 14 87.9
  League tables are subject to revision 

The construction giant sealed contracts worth £547.8m during April, according to industry data provider Glenigan – some £313.9m more than second-placed McLaren.

As well as being its third win in five, Kier has now been in the top two of all but one of the last eight monthly top 50s, which rank firms by the value of contracts won during the period.

In addition to securing the most wins by value, Kier was also April’s leading contractor by volume with 28 deals, ahead of North Midland on 20 followed by Morgan Sindall and Willmott Dixon tied on 14.

Kier’s bigger-value contracts during the month were led by a £200m housing project in Northamptonshire for Homes England, which will deliver 750 homes across a 48 ha site.

It also bagged a £50m council office development in Durham and a £40m medical research scheme in London for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Second-placed McLaren’s four-contract haul was dominated by two projects: the £125m 3-5 Nightingale Lane scheme in London for Apache Capital, and the £100m Hale Wharf Development in London for Canal & River Trust and Muse. 

Bam took third in April on £229.7m and has now claimed a podium place in three of the past five leagues, while Balfour Beatty was just behind in fourth.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Apr 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier  296 3,741.3
2 Balfour Beatty 78 3,167.8
3 Sir Robert McAlpine 34 2,935.1
4 Galliford Try 138 2,226.0
5 Morgan Sindall 262 2,098.5
6 Laing O’Rourke 21 1,956.1
7 Vinci 43 1,902.2
8 Bouygues UK 33 1,764.9
9 Wates 96 1,675.0
10 Royal Bam 79 1,669.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

In the annual league table Kier hugely extended its lead at the top as Balfour opened up a little breathing space to third-placed Sir Robert McAlpine.

Galliford Try fell away from the top three but held onto fourth place in the 12-month league, with Morgan Sindall leapfrogging Laing O’Rourke into fifth. 

Elsewhere for the year to April McLaren’s strong month sent it up four spots to 21st, in contrast to Lendlease which dropped five places to 22nd after several of its bigger wins fell outside the period covered.

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  • Kierillion

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  • The above comment, how appropiate.

    Our 21 day SCAPE payments not being adhered to.

    In my day, 30 years ago with Kier, did a valuation on the Wednesday morning, cheque was on the mat on the Friday.

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