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Lend Lease in first place for September as wins rise 25% across top 50 firms

Lend Lease took the number one spot in the September top 50 contractor table as work picked up across the board year on year.

There was a 10.5 per cent rise in the total value of contract wins September compared with the previous month, with £2.1bn of work awarded across 233 deals, according to construction intelligence unit Glenigan. In August, Glenigan recorded £1.9bn across 219 contracts.

The total for September 2012 was also almost 25 per cent up on the same month in 2011, when there was £1.7bn of work across 208 deals.

Top 50 contractors Sep 11-Sep 12

Glenigan now includes contracts down to £250,000; previously the figures only included contracts valued down to £500,000.

Even so, the figures will be welcomed by the industry at a time when the latest output data and forecasts paint a dire picture for construction.

The Construction Products Association last week predicted a fall in output of 6.3 per cent this year and a further 1.4 per cent in 2013 before the industry returns to growth in 2014.

The association said construction has already lost £4.5bn of work this year as the industry returned to recession for the third time in five years.

Glenigan places Lend Lease at the top of this month’s league, with three contracts worth a total of £331m. These include a £300m contract with Peel Ports as the main contractor for its deep-water container terminal, known as Liverpool2, at the Port of Liverpool.

Lend Lease will lead the overall programme, the support operations and will collaborate with Peel Ports’ team in managing value together in such areas as establishing site facilities and rules.

Construction comprises a new 854 m quay wall, the in-filling of the newly created land mass, the dredging of a new 16.5 m-deep berthing pocket adjacent to the quay wall, the installation of ship-to-shore quay cranes and modern cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes, along with associated supporting infrastructure works.

Peel Holdings sails in at number one in the clients table this month after awarding a £300m contract to Lend Lease for the Port of Liverpool container terminal. The quay wall contractor will be named soon and further packages of work will be advertised.

The Department of Health remains a major provider of work, offering 33 projects, the same as August - but worth £168m rather than £166m. Transport clients also figure this month, with both Network Rail and the Department for Transport in top positions.

Morgan Sindall meanwhile secured 24 contracts in September worth a total of £274.5m.

Included in this is phase one of the £1bn Slough regeneration scheme. Morgan Sindall was named preferred partner on the 15-year programme for the Homes and Communities Agency, Slough Borough Council and Development Securities.

The first tranche of residential developments by Lovell Partnerships will provide 525 new homes across five sites with a gross development value of £105m.

The Department of Health has climbed the annual clients table in September after providing around £320m of work over a two-month period. Transport remains a central source of work, with Network Rail retaining the top spot with £1.8 billion across 93 contracts.

But the DoH has risen from £1.2bn to £1.3bn in the 12 months to September 2012, having procured a total of 341 projects, according to Glenigan. Essex County Council has also entered the annual clients league this month.

Willmott Dixon is in third place after landing 19 contracts worth £129.2m; both Lend Lease and Willmott Dixon had also been in the top five in August.

Miller has stormed into the top five firms with eight contracts worth £114.1m. These include an £85m contract to build an orthopaedic hospital in Harrow.

Glenigan adds that Miller has signed off two factory jobs for Rolls Royce in Washington and Sunderland, worth £35m and £30m respectively. Carillion also figures in the top five, with £101.5m of contracts.

Morgan Sindall’s contract wins for the month put it above Kier in the annual contractor table, as the two continue to wrestle for third spot. Balfour Beatty remains at the top of the annual pile with £3.4bn of work, well ahead of Sir Robert McAlpine, which retains second place with a total of £1.7bn.

On the client side, Peel Ports topped the table for September, while the Department for Health remained a valuable provider of work, awarded 33 contracts worth a combined £168.4m.

Aecom takes the top spot in the quantity surveyors’ table in September with 13 schemes worth £164.9m. The total puts it well ahead of second spot, which is taken by Turner & Townsend with £91.6m of work.

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