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Top 50 contractors post strong YoY growth in April

Top-50 contract wins posted strong year-on-year growth in April as Galliford Try headed the monthly table and climbed to fourth place in the annual league.

 Top 10 contractors, April 2017  
  Click here for the full top 50
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Galliford Try  14 438.5
2 Morgan Sindall  26 281.0
3 Clugston  2 254.4
4 Buckingham 9 248.1
5 Aecom 1 200.0
6 Vinci 4 170.1
7 Willmott Dixon 12 157.7
8 Balfour Beatty  8 155.5
9 Kier 11 152.6
10 ISG 9 118.3
  League tables are subject to revision

Ranked by the value of deals secured during the month, the top 50 contractors for April took home £3.63bn-worth of contracts combined.

This represented a 11.3 per cent decline on the previous month, when total wins hit £4.1bn, but was still 69.6 per cent higher than the same month of 2016, when the figure stood at just £2.14bn.

Galliford Try topped April’s table for the first time since 2012 thanks to a haul worth £438.5m spanning 14 contracts, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Among the company’s deals for the period was a £128m contract for regeneration work in London’s Royal Docks.

Notting Hill Housing has selected Galliford’s partnerships arm to deliver 468 homes – 164 of which will be affordable – for in the second phase of its Great Eastern Quays development.

Morgan Sindall took second place in April having banked £281m of deals across an impressive 26 projects – the company has now been on the podium in seven of the past 12 monthly leagues.

 Top 10 clients April 2017   Top 10 clients, year to Apr 2017 
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Pennon Group 1 252.0   Department for Transport 33 2472.0
2 Greater London Authority 1 200.0   Department of Health 291 1548.1
3 Stephenson Quarter  1 200.0   Network Rail 105 1293.8
4 ProLogis  3 163.8   Ministry of Defence 43 976.0
5 Homes & Communities Agency 3 155.2   Henderson 3 860.5
6 United Utilities 2 155.0   Homes & Communities Agency 18 670.4
7 Notting Hill HA 1 128.0   United Utilities  12 515.0
8 Ministry of Defence 5 111.7   Department for Education 49 490.8
9 Elliot  1 100.0   Scarborough Group 3 391.0
10 Bristol City Council 1 92.0   Aberdeenshire Council 14 366.1
  League tables are subject to revision   League tables are subject to revision

Recycling and energy giant Pennon topped the monthly client table for April after awarding the contract for a £252m energy-from-waste plant to Clugston. 

The Greater London Authority made its first appearance in the monthly top 10 for more than a year, while it was a busy month for residential clients, with the HCA, Notting Hill Housing and Elliot all recording major awards. The Ministry of Defence’s spate of activity continued, this being the fourth time in the past year it has graced the monthly top 10.

There was no change to the top six clients in the annual table, though the Department for Transport did extend its sizeable lead at the top. Network Rail was more or less unmoved but the MoD lost a little ground in fourth.

United Utilities was a notable re-entry into the top 10 after its strong showing in April, knocking the Department for Education and Scarborough Group down a single place each. Aberdeenshire Council held onto 10th spot however after Argent fell from ninth to 24th.  

Third spot went to Clugston as the result of just two deals over the period, primarily a £252m EfW waste recycling plant for Viridor just outside Bristol.

Other significant contracts signed during April included Vinci’s £165m agreement for work to expand Keele University, United Utilities selecting a Farrans and Roadbridge joint venture to deliver a £85m pipeline project in Cumbria, and Forrest winning a £100m deal to build two residential towers in Liverpool for Elliott Group.

Despite a relatively minor dip in the combined value of the top 50 month on month, the total number of contracts declined significantly: just 198 deals were signed in the period, compared with 278 in March. This gave an average contract value of £18.4m, up sharply from £14.7m in March and nearly double the average of £9.5m recorded in the same month of 2016.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Apr 2017 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Morgan Sindall 360 2666.6
2 Laing O’Rourke 30 2388.6
3 Kier 293 2256.3
4 Galliford Try 114 1837.0
5 Royal Bam 79 1750.3
6 Willmott Dixon  187 1457.5
7 Lendlease 17 1349.5
8 Multiplex Europe 10 1311.3
9 ISG 158 1244.0
10 Carillion 55 1221.6
  League tables are subject to revision 

In contrast to the upheaval of recent periods, the annual contractor league was relatively unchanged at the top for the year to April. Morgan Sindall more than doubled the gap to second-placed Laing O’Rourke from £132m to £278m, while Kier lost ground on the top two after its annual haul declined by nearly £120m.

Its strong April saw Galliford Try switch places with Bam to claim fourth, representing the firm’s highest position in the annual league since June 2016.

But the biggest mover was Balfour Beatty, which dropped down from sixth to 15th after several major contracts fell outside the period covered. This marked Balfour’s lowest annual league position for more than six years.

ISG was up two places to break into the top 10 in ninth, while Wates climbed up from 14th to 11th. Buckingham meanwhile made its top 20 debut, clinching 19th place.

The combined value of the annual top 50 increased for the second successive period, growing 1.5 per cent to stand at £36.48bn.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Apr 2017 
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  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 Curtins 5 385.0
2 Buro Happold 1 184.0
3 MKP  3 165.0
4 Faithful + Gould 1 160.0
5 Arup 1 154.0
6 Blyth & Blyth 1 130.9
7 Campbell Reith Hill  2 129.1
8 Calford Seaden  1 128.0
9 Clancy  3 109.6
10 Waterman 2 76.0
  League tables are subject to revision

Curtins clinched top spot in the engineering consultants table – 12 months on from its last podium finish. Buro Happold’s second place was its first top-20 entry this year, while MKP made its league debut in third.

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