Morgan Sindall has taken top spot in April’s contractor league table but the total value of wins across the top 50 plummeted by 28.2 per cent compared with March.
The latest figures from construction business intelligence unit Glenigan revealed the top 50’s combined deals fell back to £1.83bn in April, having recovered from a weak February to hit £2.57bn in March.
The table’s total haul was also down compared with the same month of 2013, falling 32.1 per cent from the £2.7bn recorded in April last year.
The combined number of wins also fell to 169, down from 195 in March and 212 in April 2013.
Morgan Sindall climbed to the summit of the monthly league table with 14 deals worth a total of £207.6m. Its haul was led by a £135m contract for Lambeth Borough Council to build council offices and 275 homes.
Muse Developments, Morgan Sindall’s urban regeneration and development arm, was selected to deliver the £135m regeneration.
The contractor’s 14 deals also placed it joint-second for the month by number of deals.
The top 10 clients table for April revealed a busy month for firms in the health sector as the Department of Health climbed to first place. Despite its impressive total for the period, none of the DoH’s 18 deals were worth more than £10m.
A £140m waste treatment plant sent Milton Keynes Borough Council into second, while Lambeth Borough Council took third following the award of its £135m regeneration project. University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce meanwhile are both clients on a £60m research centre in Coventry.
Wates secured second spot by value for the month, its wins including a deal to build 300 extra care apartments in Hull, awarded to Wates Living Space.
Third-placed VolkerWessels owes its position chiefly to a £140m residential waste treatment plant in Milton Keynes for the local borough council, on which its subsidiary VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed as the civils contractor.
Network Rail reclaimed its position at the top of the annual client league table, having fallen below the Greater London Authority over the past two months. Both companies’ totals declined over the 12 months to April compared with the 12 months to March, with the Department of Health closing the gap in third.
Land Securities and the Department for Transport swapped places in fourth and fifth. The remaining spots in the top 10 held steady except for Merseyside Waste Disposal, which nipped into 10th.
Other notable deals in April included Skanska’s £95m job for Helical Bar for an office and retail scheme - International Place at Mitre Court, in central London - while Miller secured a £78m contract to build 10 care homes across Tyneside for Equitix.
Across the whole of April’s top 50, the average contract value fell to £10.8m from £13.2m in March. This marks a return to the trend recorded over the past year, during which the average contract value among the leading contractors has fallen as firms target lower-value jobs.
Looking at the annual contractor league table, Balfour Beatty held onto the top position but its lead over second-placed Kier narrowed significantly.
Balfour’s total value of wins recorded by Glenigan during the 12 months to April 2014 stood at £1.74bn, £40m ahead of the chasing pack.
By comparison, over the 12 months to February, Balfour Beatty’s haul had been £2.09bn with a £590m lead over Kier in second.
Elsewhere in the table, Carillion held onto third place but Costain gave way to Morgan Sindall in fourth thanks to the latter’s strong April.
Mace also dropped two places to seventh, while Skanska’s strong recent showing saw it re-enter the top 10 at the expense of ISG.
The combined value of contract wins across the top 50 firms over the year to April 2014 stood at £23.54bn, representing a sharp month-on-month decline of 3.8 per cent compared with the year to March.
April’s annual total was down even more sharply year on year, contracting by a massive 10 per cent compared with the £26.16bn recorded for the 12 months to April 2013.
URS was the top consultant in April, climbing from fifth in March, while Ramboll held onto second and Hoare Lea re-entered at three. However, the total value of wins across the top 10 fell 46.2 per cent compared with March.