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Tarmac pavement deal clinches August league win

A £1bn share of Highways England’s national pavement contract has given Tarmac its first victory in the monthly contractor league.

 Top 10 contractors, August 2018  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Tarmac 6 1,007.2
2 Galliford Try 14 237.0
3 Kier  31 218.6
4 Balfour Beatty 5 200.0
5 Willmott Dixon  15 156.6
6 Royal Bam 6 127.1
7 Murphy 4 127.0
8 Wates 10 115.7
9 Sir Robert McAlpine 4 92.9
10 Watkin Jones 1 85.0
  League tables are subject to revision  

Tarmac’s role on the four-year £3.3bn deal sent it to the top of the August table, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Galliford Try took second place in the top 50 league, which ranks contractors by deals finalised during the month, with 14 wins worth £237m combined, just ahead of Kier in third place on 31 contracts totalling £218.6m.

Balfour Beatty was fourth for the month, its £200m haul driven by a £90m contract to deliver the University of Edinburgh’s new School of Biological Sciences.

Leeds City Council also confirmed Balfour as its replacement for Carillion as main contractor on the £115m Leeds orbital road scheme.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Aug 2018 
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 306 2,960.4
2 Galliford Try 124 2,130.0
3 Wates  88 1,962.9
4 Laing O’Rourke 20 1,900.4
5 Balfour Beatty 63 1,700.2
6 Willmott Dixon  130 1,512.1
7 Morgan Sindall  194 1,349.2
8 Royal Bam 69 1,249.6
9 Bowmer & Kirkland 66 1,160.2
10 Bouygues UK 27 1,149.8
  League tables are subject to revision  

Other high-value wins during August included Watkin Jones’ £85m student accommodation project in north London for Singapore developer Lum Chang – enough to give the contractor 10th place for the month.

In the annual league table there were several major changes due to the multi-billion-pound HS2 civils packages falling outside the 12-month period covered.

Balfour slipped to fifth, allowing Galliford Try up to second and Wates to third, while Vinci fell from sixth to 22nd.

The rankings for the year to August also saw Bouygues move from seventh to ninth, Mace drop from 11th to 16th and Bowmer & Kirkland climb from 13th to ninth.

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