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Man City win hands Bam top spot in August while total awards remain flat

Bam shot to the top of the league in August after securing a £100m deal to build state-of-the-art training facilities for Manchester City FC.

The value of contracts awarded to the top 50 contractors in August was flat on the July total, at £1.9bn, according to data provided by construction intelligence service Glenigan.

Top 50 contractors Aug 11-Aug 12

However, there were fewer deals awarded, with a total of 219 contracts compared with 262 projects a month earlier.

In August 2012, the top 10 secured more than half of the projects, at 118, showing the continued importance to most firms of quantity of schemes in the current competitive climate.

Interestingly, half of the contractors in this month’s top 50 table had total contract values below £20m, highlighting the gulf between the top 10 and the rest. The bottom half included major names including Carillion and Costain.

Kier took second spot with 28 projects worth a combined value of £169.1m. Willmott Dixon took the third spot with 10 contracts worth a total of £142m.

The top 10 also bagged well over half of the monthly total value of contracts.

Network Rail climbed to the top of the clients table in August after awarding signalling work to a Balfour Beatty Rail joint venture.
The Department of Health continued its consistent flow of smaller schemes, with 33 projects awarded worth a total of £166.1m.

Manchester City FC made an appearance at number three in the table after awarding an £100m contract to Bam.
The table continues to be dominated by public sector bodies, even though industry is feeling the impact of government cuts.

The overall value of schemes across the top 50 in August 2012 was a welcome 37 per cent improvement on the same time a year ago, when August 2011 recorded just £1.38bn of work across 189 schemes. August 2011’s total represented a 44 per cent slump on 2010 and a 48 per cent fall on 2009.

Although the Office for National Statistics is yet to release its figures for August, construction output rose between June and July for the first time in three years, by 2.2 per cent.

But the most recent data also shows that the UK’s construction workforce had dipped to its lowest level since Q2 2001 by the start of the summer, with a total of 1.99m workers.

It should be noted that Glenigan has changed the way it displays the data since last year to include contracts of £250,000 and above, rather than a cut-off point of £500,000.

Transport continues to dominate the annual clients table, with Network Rail and Crossrail sponsor the Greater London Authority dishing out just under £3bn of work in year to August 2012.

The Department of Health continues to provide a larger number of smaller schemes, with a total of 333 jobs worth £1.2bn.
One interesting change this month is the absence of Tesco, which had been in sixth position up to July with £460m of work. Its total was down to £268.5m.

The Department of Health featured at number two in the clients league after dishing out 33 contracts worth £166.1m, reflecting a steady flow of schemes in the sector, albeit at lower values.

In the month, Bam beat Carillion, Laing O’Rourke and Bowmer & Kirkland to Manchester City FC’s £100m training facilities project. Manchester City FC were in third spot in the clients league.

The club has submitted plans for 15 pitches and a 7,000 seat stadium as part of a youth development and training centre to sit opposite their Etihad Stadium.

Glenigan says Signalling Solutions (SSL) – a joint venture between Balfour Beatty Rail and Alstom Transport Information Solutions UK – secured four signalling contracts with Network Rail worth a total of £115.4m in Poole, Swindon, Reading & Scunthorpe.

SSL and Lend Lease were the only top 10 companies whose number of projects remained in single digits, with the latter securing five schemes worth £114.2m.

There was no change among the top three of the annual contractor table, with Balfour Beatty in top spot, followed by Sir Robert McAlpine and Kier.

Bam and Willmott Dixon both moved up a place after the August wins.

Glenigan places Capita at the top of the consulting engineers league this month after it secured four contracts worth £132m.
The top 10’s total value edged up between July and August from £664m to £675m.

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