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Morgan Sindall tops both tables as top 50 shrinks

Morgan Sindall claimed the summits of both the monthly and 12-month contractor leagues in October as the combined value of wins across the top 50 fell by more than a third.

 Top 10 contractors, October 2016 
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Morgan Sindall  20 189.9
2 Carillion 8 142.0
3 Galliford Try 10 127.5
4 Wates 13 105.7
5 Kier 30 98.4
6 Sir Robert McAlpine 5 89.6
7 Willmott Dixon  16 73.7
8 Vinci 4 64.2
9 McTaggart  1 60.5
10 ISG 8 57.7
  League tables are subject to revision 

At £1.93bn, total top 50 wins for the month were 37.7 per cent down on the £3.1bn posted in September and 50.9 per cent lower than the same month of 2015.

In fact, October marked the second-lowest monthly contractor league total since December 2014, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Morgan Sindall was the leading firm for the month as it clocked up a £189.9m contract haul, which was nevertheless the lowest winning total since March this year.

The contractor also made its debut at the top of the annual table covering wins for the 12 months to October, leapfrogging above Bam.

A number of mid-value deals were largely responsible for putting Morgan Sindall top in October. Among these was a £44m school project in Wales for Rhonda Cynon Taff Council, a £36.6m infrastructure contract for Glasgow City Council, and a £23.6m multi-deck vehicle storage facility in Southampton that will be delivered for ABP.

Its 20 recorded contracts for the month also represented the second-largest haul by number behind Kier, which took home an impressive 30 contracts at an average value of £3.3m.

 Top 10 clients October 2016 Top 10 clients, 12 months to Oct 2016
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Lincolnshire County Council 2 95.0   Department of Health 292 1139.5
2 Link HA 1 60.5   Network Rail 88 944.6
3 Department of Health 21 60.3   TH Real Estate  6 866.5
4 Mandarin Oriental  1 60.0   Department for Education 78 833.3
5 Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC 5 53.5   Department for Transport 36 556.2
6 Extra Care Charitable Trust 1 44.0   Ministry of Defence 54 528.4
7 St Modwen  3 37.6   Tottenham Hotspur 3 412.3
8 Glasgow City Council 1 36.6   Argent 5 389.2
9 Environment Agency 5 36.0   Lidl 103 372.1
10 Gladstone Court  1 35.0   RWE 4 363.5
  League tables are subject to revision    

Several public sector clients were particularly active in October, with Lincolnshire County Council, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, the Environment Agency and, inevitably, the Department of Health all handing out multiple awards.

In the annual client table the Department of Health returned to the summit for the first time since June 2015 after several major infrastructure schemes fell outside the period covered. Network Rail was down one spot to second and the Department for Transport fell three places to fifth.

Meanwhile TH Real Estate and the Department for Education both gained a place, with the remaining top 10 spots remaining unchanged save for RWE pushing out National Grid in 10th.

Carillion claimed second spot for October in what was its first podium place since February, recording a £142m haul across eight jobs. 

Chief among these was the £92m deal to deliver the 7.5 km Lincoln Eastern Bypass. The contractor saw off competition from Hochtief UK, a John Sisk / Lagan JV and a John Graham / Graham Farrans JV to seal the deal with Lincolnshire County Council.

In third place for the month was Galliford Try with 10 wins totalling £127.5m, which follows on from its third place in August.

Looking at October’s table by volume offers some comfort compared with the sharp decline in value: the top 50 signed 229 deals over the period, down just 14 per cent from September.

This resulted in an average contract value of £8.4m, down from £11.7m the previous month but significantly lower than the average of £16.7m seen in October 2015.

 Top 10 contractors, 12 months to October 2016
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Morgan Sindall 301 2000.4
2 Kier 309 1686.3
3 Royal Bam 81 1683.2
4 Laing O’Rourke 24 1667.6
5 Galliford Try 136 1608.4
6 Mace 32 1369.6
7 Wates 133 1334.7
8 Balfour Beatty 66 1268.7
9 Carillion 45 1233.0
10 Bouygues 52 1087.5
  League tables are subject to revision 

The 12-month contractor league saw Bam knocked off the summit after just one month as Morgan Sindall’s strong October propelled it to number one.

Kier also took advantage of Bam’s decline to reclaim second, while Laing O’Rourke held off a surge by Galliford Try to hold onto fourth.

Mace gained a spot to sit sixth while Wates climbed two places to seventh, as Balfour Beatty fell back to eighth for the year to October. Carillion moved up from 11th to re-enter the top 10 in ninth, but Multiplex was down six places to 19th.

Combined wins for the annual top 50 fell 5.1 per cent compared with the year to September to stand at £32.07bn for the period.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, October 2016
  Click here for the full top 20
  Engineering Consultant No Total (£m)
1 Arup 4 98.8
2 Mott MacDonald 5 93.8
3 Aecom 5 78.8
4 Ramboll  4 74.0
5 Hilson Moran  3 51.6
6 Curtins 4 49.5
7 Crookes Walker  2 45.0
8 Conisbee 2 40.0
9 Sweco 1 36.6
10 Peter Brett  3 27.4
  League tables are subject to revision

Arup returned to the top of the engineering consultant table in October, adding to its wins in August and June.

Mott MacDonald claimed its first podium since January 2015 and Aecom took third after a quiet couple of months.

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