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Top 50 soars as McAlpine triumphs in October

The monthly top 50 contractors league passed the £4bn mark for only the second time this year as Sir Robert McAlpine scooped a first win in 17 months.

 Top 10 contractors, Oct 2018  
  Click here for the full top 50  
  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Sir Robert McAlpine 3 518.0
2 Lendlease 1 300.0
3 Hill Partnerships 4 275.0
4 Mace 2 265.0
5 Laing O’Rourke 1 250.0
6 Kier  22 175.3
7 McLaren  3 172.0
8 GMI  4 152.3
9 ISG 7 148.8
10 Morgan Sindall 19 147.4
  League tables are subject to revision 

The value of deals in the top 50, which ranks firms by contracts sealed in the month, hit £4.18bn in October. 

This marked an increase of 34.8 per cent against the previous month, and of 11 per cent compared with the £3.33bn recorded for the same period of 2017.

It was also the second biggest monthly haul this year, bettered only by the £4.67bn posted in January.

Sir Robert McAlpine claimed the monthly crown for October thanks to a pair of major London commercial contracts.

The company sealed contracts for Landsec’s 21 Moorfields scheme (pictured) and Bluebutton’s 1-2 Broadgate, each of which have been valued at £250m by construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

This brace of London schemes was enough to give McAlpine its first league win since May 2017, when phase three of Battersea Power Station sent it to the top.

 Top 10 clients Oct 2018   Top 10 clients, year to Oct 2018 
  Click here for the full top 50     Click here for the full top 50  
  Client No Total (£m)   Client No Total (£m)
1 Department of Health 29 395.9   Department of Health 260 2,268.5
2 Mitsubishi Estates 1 300.0   Department for Transport 36 2,156.2
3 Rushmoor Borough Council 4 275.0   Network Rail 86 1,430.0
4 Bluebutton 1 250.0   Department for Education 121 917.3
5 Land Securities  1 250.0   Homes England 13 453.2
6 University College London 2 223.5   University of Cambridge 22 377.0
7 Follingsby International 1 125.0   United Utilities 17 372.0
8 Leicester City FC 1 120.0   Ministry of Defence 22 358.4
9 Co-operative Group 1 100.0   Roxhill 13 358.3
10 Far East 1 100.0   EDF Energy 6 345.0
  League tables are subject to revision    League tables are subject to revision 

The Department of Health clinched its third monthly league top spot this calendar year, with a massive 29 deals awarded during the month.

Mitsubishi Estates is the client behind a new tower in central London that will be built by Lendlease, while Rushmoor Borough Council is overseeing the regeneration of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres, awarded to Hill. No other top-10 client in October awarded more than two deals in what was a high-value month.

The DoH took top spot for the third annual league in a row, with the Department for Transport and Network Rail also making it three on the bounce in the other two podium positions.

The University of Cambridge moved up four places from 10th to sixth, with United Utilities climbing from ninth to seventh. Roxhill was the bigger riser, having been 14th in the previous table. The Ministry of Defence lost out, falling from sixth to eighth, as did EDF Energy, which was down to 10th having been seventh.

In second place for October was Lendlease – its joint-highest showing in the monthly table, having also taken the runner-up spot in November 2017.

Its haul was entirely comprised of Mitsubishi Estate’s new £300m skyscraper in central London, the deal for which was finalised last month after first being revealed by CN in September.

A lead role in the £300m regeneration of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres was enough to propel Hill Partnerships into third place for the month – its highest ever ranking, having previously boasted a best of sixth place in December 2013.

October witnessed a number of other major awards: Mace took fourth place thanks to the £215m Marshgate I scheme for University College London; GMI was appointed to a £125m distribution facility for Follingsby Max in Gateshead; and McLaren secured the £120m contract for Leicester City FC’s new training ground.

Despite the 34.8 per cent increase in combined value, October’s top 50 recorded almost exactly the same number of contracts (203) as September’s (200).

This produced an exceptionally high average contract value of £20.6m for the month, up from £15.5m in September and £15.1m in October 2017.

 Top 10 contractors, year to Oct 2018 
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  Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier  246 2,447.4
2 Wates 81 2,072.0
3 Galliford Try 118 1,747.0
4 Willmott Dixon  137 1,508.3
5 Sir Robert McAlpine 34 1,500.5
6 Morgan Sindall  197 1,403.3
7 Laing O’Rourke 18 1,385.1
8 Royal Bam 63 1,296.5
9 Mace 25 1,187.1
10 Balfour Beatty 66 1,178.3
  League tables are subject to revision 

Looking to the annual table for the 12 months to October, the podium places stayed in the hands of Kier, Wates and Galliford Try, though Willmott Dixon lurched from sixth to fourth.

Fuelled by its busy October, Sir Robert McAlpine caught the attention by rocketing from 11th to fifth in the table.

Laing O’Rourke recovered lost ground to move from 13th to seventh place, Mace climbed five spots to sit ninth, and VolkerWessels re-entered the top 20 after soaring from 25th to 19th.

In contrast, Balfour Beatty slumped from fourth to 10th as several big contracts fell outside the period covered, while Bouygues UK lost four places to 14th.

Nevertheless, the combined value of the annual top 50 league rose to £33.81bn – an increase of 1.3 per cent compared with the table for the year to September.

 Top 10 engineering consultants, Oct 2018 
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  Engineering consultant No Total (£m)
1 Arup 6 822.4
2 Cundall Johnston 8 593.8
3 AKT II 2 465.0
4 WSP 8 383.5
5 Inspiration  1 300.0
6 Aecom 4 254.5
7 Hilson Moran 1 250.0
8 Waterman  3 121.0
9 M-E Engineers  1 120.0
10 TRP 1 120.0
  League tables are subject to revision

It’s now two league triumphs in three months for Arup, while Cundall Johnston followed up its top 10 debut in August ago with a second place in October. AKT II took third, its joint-highest ranking of the year.

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