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Top 50 firms start 2018 strongly as Kier wins again

Contract wins among the top contractors grew by nearly a quarter in January year on year, led by Kier’s £595.1m haul.

 Top 10 contractors, January 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 35 595.1
2 Galliford Try 11 364.4
3 Morgan Sindall 38 295.9
4 Bouygues UK 4 284.0
5 Wates 9 249.4
6 Balfour Beatty  4 237.9
7 NG Bailey 1 230.0
8 Royal Bam 7 185.5
9 Keepmoat 11 121.3
10 Sir Robert McAlpine 2 118.0
  League tables are subject to revision 

The value of the top 50 monthly table, which ranks firms by the work secured in the period, climbed to £4.67bn for January, up 22.1 per cent compared with the £3.83bn posted in the same month of 2017.

This represented the highest-value January league table on record, in contrast with the year-on-year decline recorded in December.

However, the number of contracts signed in the month stood at 246, down marginally on the 254 posted 12 months earlier. This gave an average contract value in January of £19m, up from £15.1m in the same month of last year.

Leading the charge was Kier, which topped the contractor table for the second month in a row and the third in four. The company finalised 35 contracts over the period, according to construction intelligence provider Glenigan, with its £595.1m total led primarily by healthcare work.

The Department of Health handed two major deals to Kier: a £160m bioscience project in Harlow and a £60m inpatient facility at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside. Among the company’s other stand-out contracts was the £66m Burrell Renaissance building in Glasgow.

 Top 10 clients January 2018   Top 10 clients, year to Jan 2018 
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  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Department of Health 24 499.0   Department for Transport 41 3,714
2 Department for Transport 5 310.1   Department of Health 264 1,789
3 Network Rail 6 270.8   Battersea Power Station DC 3 1,607
4 NNB 2 230.6   Network Rail 84 1,291
5 EDF Energy 1 230.0   Manchester Airports Group 7 1,129
6 United Utilities 2 165.7   Department for Education 71 644
7 Department for Regional Development 1 150.0   National Grid 16 627
8 Cheval 1 100.0   Ministry of Defence 33 602
9 Lidl 9 98.3   Greater London Authority 21 505
10 LB of Tower Hamlets 2 95.0   Pennon  11 497
  League tables are subject to revision    League tables are subject to revision 

In perfect unison with victorious contractor Kier, the Department of Health topped its monthly league table for the second consecutive month and the third in four. The Department for Transport claimed its highest chart ranking since the HS2 phase one civils contracts were signed in August.

The signing of the £460m services deal for Hinkley Point C meanwhile is split between two clients: parent firm EDF, and its subsidiary created to deliver the project, the Nuclear New Build Generation Company (NNB). 

The DfT extended its lead at the top of the 12-month client table, despite the DoH’s recent form seeing it overtake Battersea Power Station Development Company to sit second.

Network Rail climbed from sixth to fourth, its highest position since August, while the Department for Education added to the public sector surge by rising three places into sixth. The Ministry of Defence fell from fifth to eighth after a quiet month, while Thames Water owner Pennon returned to the top 10 after a five-month absence.

Kier’s haul was nearly twice the value of that secured by second-placed Galliford Try, which won 11 deals in January worth a combined £364.4m.

Galliford bagged two of the month’s largest wins: Network Rail’s £200m package to upgrade Derby station, and a £165m water treatment project in Blackburn & Darwen that the contractor will deliver in partnership with Costain.

Third place for January went to Morgan Sindall with 38 deals valued at £295.9m, including its share of a £244m agreement for work on the M27 between junctions 4 and 11, which Sindall will oversee with Bam Nuttall.

Bouygues took fourth with £284m spanning four projects, among which was the £90m conversion of a civic centre for east London’s Tower Hamlets Borough Council.

January saw the £460m Hinkley Point C services package finally get signed; this was chiefly responsible for Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey sitting sixth and seventh. 

Elsewhere Sir Robert McAlpine scooped a £100m mixed-use scheme in Knightsbridge for Cheval Group, while 13th-placed ISG was appointed main contractor on a £70m residential development in Birmingham for client PGC Capital. 

 Top 10 contractors, year to Jan 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Sir Robert McAlpine 30 3,111.3
2 Kier 271 2,848.8
3 Galliford Try 152 2,544.4
4 Balfour Beatty 73 2,447.2
5 Laing O’Rourke 24 2,362.6
6 Morgan Sindall  315 2,240.8
7 Vinci 54 2,143.9
8 Bouygues UK 37 1,722.4
9 Willmott Dixon  145 1,520.0
10 Royal Bam 85 1,439.2
  League tables are subject to revision 

In the annual contractor table for the year to January, Kier remained second but made a significant dent in Sir Robert McAlpine’s lead, cutting it from £625m to £262m.

Galliford Try zoomed up from sixth to third following its strong showing in January, while Bouygues rose five places in the annual rankings.

ISG stood out as it climbed from 19th to 14th, as did Interserve, which went one better to rise six places into 15th.

The total value of the 12-month top 50 edged up once more, gaining 1 per cent compared with the year to December to stand at £42.96bn.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Jan 2018 
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  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 Mott MacDonald  5 341.7
2 Atelier Ten 2 156.0
3 Copeland Wedge  1 140.0
4 Arup 3 127.8
5 Ramboll 4 99.7
6 WSP  4 98.0
7 Elliott Wood 3 97.0
8 BWB 3 86.7
9 Mckenna  1 85.0
10 Renaissance 1 85.0
  League tables are subject to revision 

Mott MacDonald bagged its first engineers league victory for exactly three years in January. Atelier Ten was second – having last graced the top 10 in December 2013 – ahead of newcomer Copeland Wedge debuting in third.

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