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Mace edges Morgan to take September league crown

A £180m residential deal at the Olympic Park’s East Village helped Mace take September’s contractor league title by the slimmest of margins.

 Top 10 contractors, Sep 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Mace 2 220.0
2 Morgan Sindall 22 217.0
3 Interserve 11 203.4
4 Bowmer & Kirkland 6 148.5
5 Wates 9 142.1
6 Winvic 5 124.8
7 Costain  1 120.0
8 McLaren  3 119.0
9 Balfour Beatty 6 115.5
10 Kier 22 115.4
  League tables are subject to revision 

The contractor’s monthly haul of £220m was just enough to claim first place ahead of Morgan Sindall, which had to settle for second despite bagging 22 contracts worth £217m, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Developer Get Living chose Mace for the £180m scheme in Stratford (pictured), which will see the construction of two towers reaching 26 and 31 storeys in height that will comprise 524 homes.

The deal gave the contractor its second monthly league triumph this year, after also topping February’s table.

Interserve was close behind the leading two, taking third with 11 contracts totalling £203.4m. These were underpinned by the £150m replacement of the Patterson Building in Manchester, continuing the firm’s ongoing relationship with joint clients Cancer Research, the Department of Health and the University of Manchester.

Bowmer & Kirkland took fourth for September – its highest position since March 2017 – while Costain’s seventh place was the result of finally signing the £120m contract to redevelop Gatwick Airport’s railway station.

Major jobs awarded during the month included Bam taking on a £90m programme to design and construct Leeds’ bus priority corridor for the city council, while McLaughlin & Harvey secured the £100m One Braham scheme for Aldgate Developments.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Sep 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 259 2,482.3
2 Wates 90 2,027.4
3 Galliford Try 123 1,839.6
4 Balfour Beatty 70 1,802.7
5 Morgan Sindall 192 1,445.2
6 Willmott Dixon 129 1,405.3
7 Royal Bam 69 1,324.7
8 Bowmer & Kirkland 71 1,274.1
9 Tarmac 53 1,136.0
10 Bouygues UK 24 1,110.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

Looking to the table covering the 12 months to September, Kier held its position at the summit despite seeing several big wins slip outside the period covered.

Wates swapped places with Galliford Try owing to its stronger activity last month, and Balfour Beatty gained a place due to Laing O’Rourke tumbling to 13th after its £1bn Manchester Airports deal fell out of the rolling total.

Mace and Morgan Sindall’s decent Septembers sent them up two places each in the annual table to fifth and 14th respectively, while Costain climbed eight spots to re-enter the top 20.  

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