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Kier’s contract wins top £3bn for 2018

VolkerWessels topped the monthly league table in December thanks to an ex-Carillion job while Kier’s wins over the course of 2018 topped £3bn.

 Top 10 contractors, Dec 2018  
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 VolkerWessels 7 260.3
2 Morgan Sindall 49 258.5
3 Royal Bam 6 175.1
4 Kier  22 163.3
5 Mace 2 152.1
6 Wates  6 112.3
7 Vinci 4 107.5
8 Willmott Dixon  13 100.7
9 McLaughlin & Harvey 3 98.0
10 ISG 9 83.5
  League tables are subject to revision 

VolkerWessels topped the league for the first time since January 2016 with seven contracts worth £260.3m, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan. Morgan Sindall was close behind in second place with 49 jobs worth £258.5m.

Both firms got a big boost from their joint venture winning the £196m Barking Riverside project (pictured). The scheme to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside suffered months of delays after pre-qualified bidder Carillion collapsed last January.

In a month that yielded the lowest overall value of contracts since July, the second-largest single contract was Bam Construct’s £165m Edinburgh tram route extension. 

The league, which ranks firms by contract wins rather than turnover, saw a new addition in December with French contractor Legendre picking up the £83m waterfront scheme in Jersey, giving it 11th place for the month.

Other notable contracts were the £80m Brighton Barracks redevelopment won by Henry and Graham’s confirmation as managing contractor on a £70m Brighton University student accommodation job.

December saw Kier bag 22 contracts worth £163.3m, putting it in fifth place for the month and giving it aggregate wins over the year worth £3.01bn. This was the first time any contractor’s 12-month rolling total has topped £3bn since June when Kier’s wins totalled £3.13bn.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Dec 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 250 3,010.1
2 Wates  74 2,016.4
3 Morgan Sindall  242 1,699.1
4 Sir Robert McAlpine 33 1,376.9
5 Tarmac 49 1,235.8
6 Willmott Dixon  133 1,234.4
7 Mace 24 1,208.2
8 Bouygues UK 25 1,136.2
9 Galliford Try 98 1,113.3
10 Lendlease 8 1,075.6
  League tables are subject to revision 

The firm has continued its trend of high-volume but lower value jobs, with its £12m average contract value ranking as the third lowest among the top ten over the past 12 months. At the other end of spectrum, the average value of Lendlease’s contracts stands at £134.5m.

There was little change between November and December in the top half of the table, other than Galliford Try moving up from sixth to fifth. Wates, which has ambitions to reach £2bn turnover a year, remained in second place for the fourth consecutive month.

December saw Bouygues UK and ISG jump into the top 10 for the 12-months while Bowmer & Kirkland and Mace dropped down.

The biggest spending client was the Greater London Authority which signed two deals worth a combined £203m. The highest spending central government department was the department for health, which agreed 13 contracts worth £96.7m in total.

Over the past 12 months the department for transport, health and education were the first, second and third biggest spending firms, respectively. Since December 2017 they have agreed contracts worth a combined £5.2bn.

The biggest spending private client in December was the Manchester Airport Group, which agreed a £130m deal with Mace to build a new arrivals terminal at Stansted airport. This was enough to put it in fifth place on the monthly client spend table, while residential developer Moda remains the highest spending private client over the past 12 months, signing contracts worth £287m.

Among consultants WSP took the top spot in December, agreeing six contracts worth £311.5m. This was the third time the firm topped the contracts leagues in 2018, a feat which was matched by Hoare Lea.

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