The numbers driving this week’s headlines reveal which firms won big on Crossrail, the task facing McAlpine in south London, and fears that foreign investors are looking elsewhere.
£676.9m – BFK’s Crossrail haul
The Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier consortium was the biggest winner of major contracts (£100,000-plus) on the £14.8bn project. BFK’s haul was revealed following a freedom of information request by Construction News detailing £3.3bn-worth of deals since 2009.
4.3% – Regional sales growth
Eastern and South-east England will see the largest growth in activity in the next six months, according to the latest industry barometer from consultant Leading Edge. The regions replace London as the UK’s fastest-growing, with the capital’s predicted forecast slowing from 3.5 per cent in the previous barometer.
1,367 – piles for BBC’s new HQ
This week’s project report saw Lucy Alderson visit the new home of BBC Wales in Cardiff, where the contractor has built a 2,000-tonne steel frame and installed 16,292 sq m of curtain walling on a project worth more than £100m.
1,300 – Battersea phase three homes
This week saw Sir Robert McAlpine tipped to take over from Bouygues to build the third phase of the mammoth redevelopment. McAlpine will also build a new high street as part of the project, known as Electric Boulevard, which will provide more than 350,000 sq ft of retail and food space.
1,144 – Foreign investment projects in 2016
EY this week warned that the UK’s attractiveness to foreign investors appears to have fallen following the Brexit vote, putting infrastructure schemes at risk. This trend threatens to reverse the sharp increase in the number of FDI projects coming into the UK since 2012.
8% – Forecast drop in London output
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The capital already reported a 10 per cent fall in new orders in 2016, primarily driven by a double-digit decline in commercial orders last year.