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Top 50 bounces back with Kier bonanza

The value of the contract top 50 recovered in April after a miserable March – driven in part by a dominant display from Kier.

 Top 10 contractors, April 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier  28 547.8
2 McLaren  4 233.9
3 Royal Bam 8 229.7
4 Balfour Beatty 8 228.8
5 Wates  7 206.4
6 Robertson  4 183.0
7 Ardmore  1 145.0
8 Morgan Sindall 14 132.6
9 Ferrovial 3 125.7
10 Willmott Dixon 14 87.9
  League tables are subject to revision 

April’s combined top 50, which ranks contractors by the value of wins finalised in the month, increased 27.5 per cent compared with March to hit £3.77bn.

This was also up – albeit by a marginal 3.6 per cent – on the £3.63bn of league wins recorded in the same month of 2017.

Chiefly responsible for this improvement was Kier, which took first place for the third time in five months – and has now been in the top two of all but one of the last eight monthly leagues.

The construction giant secured contracts worth £547.8m during April, according to industry data provider Glenigan – £313.9m more than McLaren in second.

Among Kier’s most prominent deals during the month was a £200m housing scheme in Northamptonshire for Homes England, with whom the firm will partner to deliver 750 homes on a 48 ha site.

Kier also finalised a £50m office project in Durham for the county council and a £40m medical research scheme for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

 Top 10 clients April 2018   Top 10 clients, year to Apr 2018 
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Homes England 3 227.3   Department for Transport 42 4,071.7
2 Dept. Regional Development 1 220.0   Department of Health 275 2,044.9
3 Ministry of Defence 5 207.0   Battersea Power Station DC 3 1,607.0
4 Department for Transport 2 175.5   Network Rail 78 1,189.5
5 Greenland Ram 1 145.0   Manchester Airports Group 8 1,162.1
6 Department of Health 25 136.1   Department for Education 93 883.9
7 Apache Capital 1 125.0   National Grid 15 703.7
8 Cole Waterhouse 2 62.3   Ministry of Defence 28 673.0
9 New College Nottingham 1 58.0   Greater London Authority 30 659.2
10 University of Warwick 1 54.3   Homes England 17 464.1
  League tables are subject to revision    League tables are subject to revision 

Like Kier, Homes England topped its monthly table thanks to the £200m 750-home housing development – its first client league triumph on record.

Northern Ireland’s Department for Regional Development took second place after handing Sacyr, Somague and Wills Bros the £220m A6 Dungiven-to-Drumahoe dualling project. Greenland Ram is behind Ardmore’s £145m Ram Brewery contract, while Apache Capital appointed McLaren to its 3-5 Nightingale Lane scheme.

In the 12-month table both the Department for Transport and the Department of Health increased their annual hauls, pulling further away from Battersea Power Station DC.

Network Rail took back fourth place from Manchester Airports Group, while National Grid climbed one spot and the Ministry of Defence gained two places after the Greater London Authority fell from seventh to ninth. Homes England meanwhile soared from 15th to 10th after its busy April.

McLaren was second by value for the month, its four contracts underpinned by two major wins: the £125m 3-5 Nightingale Lane scheme in London for Apache Capital, and the £100m Hale Wharf Development in London for Canal & River Trust and Muse. 

Bam took third in April with a £229.7m haul and has now claimed a podium place in three of the past five leagues, while Balfour Beatty was just behind in fourth.

Sacyr, Somague and Wills Bros shared 12th place for the month as they jointly secured the £220m A6 Dungiven-to-Drumahoe dualling project in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile Ardmore’s £145m contract for the Ram Brewery scheme in Wandsworth was enough for seventh place in the monthly league – its second-highest ranking on record.

As well as bagging the most wins by value, Kier was also April’s leading contractor by volume with 28 deals, ahead of North Midland on 20 followed by Morgan Sindall and Willmott Dixon tied on 14.

The number of deals won by the top 50 overall crept up from 223 in March to 254 in April, resulting in an average contract value of £14.8m. This was up from £13.2m in March but down year on year on the £18.4m recorded for April 2017.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Apr 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier  296 3,741.3
2 Balfour Beatty 78 3,167.8
3 Sir Robert McAlpine 34 2,935.1
4 Galliford Try 138 2,226.0
5 Morgan Sindall 262 2,098.5
6 Laing O’Rourke 21 1,956.1
7 Vinci 43 1,902.2
8 Bouygues UK 33 1,764.9
9 Wates 96 1,675.0
10 Royal Bam 79 1,669.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

In the 12-month league table the gulf to Kier widened significantly while Balfour Beatty managed to extend the gap to third-placed Sir Robert McAlpine.

Galliford Try fell back from the podium places but clung onto fourth in the annual table, ahead of Morgan Sindall after it swapped places with Laing O’Rourke. 

Elsewhere for the year McLaren’s strong month saw it climb four places to 21st, in contrast to Lendlease which was down five to 22nd after several of its stand-out wins fell outside the period covered.

The combined value of the annual league table also rebounded for the year to April, increasing 2.8 per cent compared with the year to March to hit £43.29bn. This was 18.7 per cent higher than the total a year earlier.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Apr 2018 
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  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 Ramboll 4 235.8
2 Aecom 5 188.3
3 AKT II 3 167.0
4 Peter Brett 4 154.6
5 Hoare Lea 8 146.7
6 BWB 8 109.8
7 Max Fordham 6 71.1
8 Mann Williams 2 69.3
9 Crookes Walker  2 66.0
10 TUV SUD 4 65.1
  League tables are subject to revision 

For the first time since June 2012, Ramboll bagged top spot in the engineering consultants table. Aecom was second – its first podium position since November – with AKT II third, as it was in December.

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