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Mace tops September contractor league while Balfour reins in Kier's annual lead

Mace needed just a single deal to claim first place in September’s contractor league, which saw total wins across the top 50 fall back slightly compared with the previous month.

The combined value of work won during the month declined 10.7 per cent from August to stand at £2.37bn, according to construction intelligence unit Glenigan.

Top 50 contractors Sep 13-Sep 14

Mace led the pack in September thanks solely to its £400m deal to redevelop the famous BBC Television Centre in west London.

Work on the listed building will open the site to the public for the first time, delivering new retail, leisure and entertainment units for developer Stanhope.

Second in the month was Royal Bam Group, whose nine-deal £173m haul included a balanced spread of jobs, with its part in a £23m flood defence scheme for Leed City Council being among the highlights.

Carillion was close behind in third with its smaller tally of larger deals, the stand-out win being the £75m contract to expand the Main Stand at Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium.

Having been named preferred bidder in July, the contractor has now been confirmed for the scheme, which will see the capacity of the stand rise by around 8,300, bringing Anfield’s overall capacity to approximately 54,000.

Stanhope was the top client in September on account of its redevelopment of BBC Television Centre.

The table was dominated by similarly large-scale projects, with the Crossrail Woolwich station package giving GLA second place and the £60m expansion of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton helping put the MoD third.

The Department of Health was the only client to offer high volume, though its numbers were down on August.

Elsewhere in the top 50 table for September, Kier and ISG shared the honours in terms of volume, both companies recording 18 deals for the month.

Other major awards over the period included fifth-placed Balfour Beatty winning Crossrail’s final stations package – the £70m deal to fit out the new station at Woolwich, the contractor beating Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction to secure the job.

Sixth-placed ISG meanwhile scooped the £24m restoration of the 151-year-old Temperate House at Kew Gardens, along with two new-build leisure centres for Walsall Council – also worth £24m.

The DoH retained top spot in the annual clients league to September, though its lead was marginally reduced thanks to quieter month for the department and an increased annual haul for second-placed Department for Transport.

The Ministry of Defence stayed fourth but closed the gap to third-placed Network Rail.

Stanhope entered the top 10 at five while the GLA slipped further back into eighth. Salford City Council meanwhile fell out of the top 50 completely having been ninth over the previous period.

Across the top 50 contractors, month-on-month activity was steadier than in recent quarters, after total wins had risen 26.4 per cent from July to August following a dramatic 47.3 per cent drop from the 39-month high recorded in June.

September’s total was also 13.7 per cent higher than the £2.08bn posted in the same month of 2013.

In terms of volume, the combined number of deals secured by the top 50 in September was down markedly on August, dropping to 217 compared with 275 the previous month.

This resulted in an average contract value for the month of £10.9m, up from £9.6m in August.

A look at the yearly chart covering the 12 months to September showed no change for the podium places, with Kier continuing to lead Balfour Beatty for the fifth consecutive period.

However, that lead was cut compared with the 12 months to August: while both contractors increased their annual hauls, Balfour’s increase was higher on account of less work falling outside of the period covered.

The other headline was Mace soaring up the year-long table following its chart-topping September, climbing from seventh in the 12 months to August to fourth.

Carillion also rose three places to fifth, while Galliford Try fell four spots to eighth.

Arup stormed first place in September, its haul more than three times that of its nearest competitor. URS and Ramboll re-entered the table in second and third, while Hoare Lea dropped a place to fourth.

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