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Shepherd works its way to top


LAING O'Rourke's aim of unseating Bovis Lend Lease from the top of the annual contracts league took a knock in September, when the firm failed to make the top 40.

Laing O'Rourke finished more than 10 places short of the monthly top 40 but Bovis Lend Lease strengthened its lead in the annual top 40 by powering into seventh spot in the monthly table with a hat-trick of awards totalling £68 million Shepherd topped the September league after powering away with £123 million-worth of work, including a £40 million contract to build a headquarters for supermarket giant William Morrison at Thornbury in Bradford.

Kier ran in second ahead of Balfour Beatty, which reinforced its chances of replacing Bovis Lend Lease at the top of the annual league once a host of large jobs drop out of the Anglo-Australian giant's total in the near future.