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Mon September 27 2021

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Top 100 Construction Companies 2021

A weakening in company finances that had been emerging before the Covid-19 pandemic wrought havoc on the economy has escalated significantly with the Top 100 showing an industry in reverse. Steve Menary reports

The companies in the latest Construction Index Top 100 had aggregate revenue in their most recent accounts of £70.6bn. That figure is down by 4.8% on the total turnover at same 100 companies in their previous accounts.

Amongst the top 10 contractors, only the top-ranked company Balfour Beatty, whose revenue is more than twice that of second-placed Kier, managed to increase its turnover.

Annual revenue fell away at a total of 53 companies in the latest Top 100. While changes in accounting periods produced a bigger rise at a handful of companies, the largest year-on-year increases came mostly at smaller members of the Top 100.

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Latest Rank By Turnover Latest Rank By Profit Company Reporting Period Latest Turnover (£m) Previous Turnover (£m) Change (%) Latest Pre-tax Profit (£m) Previous Pre-tax Profit (£m) Change (%) Latest Margin Previous Margin
1 4 Balfour Beatty plc Dec-20 8593.00 8411.00 2.20 48.00 138.00 -65.20 0.60 1.60
2 100 Kier Group plc* Jun-20 3475.60 4106.00 -15.40 -225.30 -229.50 1.80 -6.50 -5.60
3 2 Morgan Sindall Group plc Dec-20 3034.00 3071.30 -1.20 60.80 88.60 -31.40 2.00 2.90
4 95 Interserve plc* Dec-19 2552.20 3159.80 -19.20 -46.90 -128.00 63.40 -1.80 -4.10
5 98 Amey UK plc* Dec-20 2406.80 2546.70 -5.50 -98.00 -109.20 10.30 -4.10 -4.30
6 82 Tarmac Trading Ltd Dec-19 2128.90 2129.80 0.00 -3.10 28.70 -110.80 -0.10 1.30
7 1 Keller Group plc Dec-20 2062.50 2300.50 -10.30 63.80 51.60 23.60 3.10 2.20
8 38 ISG plc Dec-20 2043.10 2589.70 -21.10 8.90 44.20 -79.90 0.40 1.70
9 6 Mace Ltd Dec-19 1782.30 2315.30 -23.00 35.30 23.80 48.40 2.00 1.00
10 33 Laing O'Rourke plc Mar-20 1651.90 1932.30 -14.50 10.50 32.70 -67.90 0.60 1.70
11 10 Skanska UK plc Dec-20 1456.30 1789.80 -18.60 22.40 14.30 57.40 1.50 0.80
12 74 Wates Group Ltd Dec-20 1449.20 1634.40 -11.30 0.80 34.60 -97.60 0.10 2.10
13 5 Homeserve plc Mar-21 1304.70 1132.30 15.20 47.20 137.90 -65.80 3.60 12.20
14 16 M Group Services Ltd Mar-20 1301.30 1174.30 10.80 18.80 13.20 42.40 1.40 1.10
15 34 Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd Dec-20 1191.20 1246.40 -4.40 9.80 29.20 -66.50 0.80 2.30
16 8 VolkerWessels UK Ltd Dec-19 1180.00 984.00 19.90 31.70 29.00 9.60 2.70 2.90
17 94 Galliford Try plc Jun-20 1121.60 1400.10 -19.90 -34.60 -64.50 46.40 -3.10 -4.60
18 35 J Murphy & Sons Ltd Dec-20 1115.90 880.20 26.80 9.50 7.00 35.60 0.90 0.80
19 3 Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd Aug-20 1110.40 1069.80 3.80 53.20 73.10 27.20 4.80 6.80
20 97 Costain Group plc* Dec-20 978.40 1155.60 -15.30 -96.10 -6.60 -1356.10 -9.80 -0.60
21 90 Newarthill Ltd (Sir Robert McAlpine) Oct-20 884.40 1054.60 -16.10 -14.40 20.70 -169.60 -1.60 2.00
22 20 Vinci plc Dec-20 858.50 909.20 -5.60 16.20 17.10 -5.10 1.90 1.90
23 30 BAM Nuttall Ltd Dec-20 843.90 770.40 9.50 11.60 15.30 -24.10 1.40 2.00
24 29 John Graham Holdings Ltd Mar-21 808.90 853.30 -5.20 12.10 11.30 7.40 1.50 1.30
25 91 Mears Group plc* Dec-20 805.80 881.50 -8.60 -15.20 20.30 -175.10 -1.90 2.30
26 25 BAM Construct UK Ltd* Dec-20 793.10 930.50 -14.80 13.70 9.40 45.70 1.70 1.00
27 15 Eurovia UK Ltd1 Dec-19 753.60 699.40 7.70 19.20 13.20 46.00 2.60 1.90
28 23 Carey Group Ltd2 Sep-20 748.90 575.30 30.20 15.30 1.60 871.30 2.00 0.30
29 80 Engie Regeneration Ltd3 Dec-19 689.90 759.00 -9.10 -2.80 10.80 -126.20 -0.40 1.40
30 36 Winvic Group Ltd Jan-20 686.00 628.20 9.20 9.40 20.50 -54.30 1.40 3.30
31 71 Robertson Group (Holdings) Ltd4 Jun-20 650.10 713.40 -8.90 1.20 21.50 -94.40 0.20 3.00
32 7 Renew Holdings plc Sep-20 620.40 600.60 3.30 32.10 26.90 19.30 5.20 4.50
33 99 Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd Dec-20 599.40 872.20 -31.20 -158.60 -14.00 -1024.80 -26.40 -1.60
34 41 Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd Dec-20 584.50 485.70 20.30 8.60 10.20 -15.60 1.50 2.10
35 13 NG Bailey Group Ltd Feb-20 573.40 555.70 3.20 20.50 16.10 27.30 3.60 2.90
36 89 McLaren Construction Group plc Jul-20 525.80 650.90 -19.20 -13.00 3.30 -495.20 -2.50 0.50
37 51 McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd Dec-20 480.30 513.40 -6.40 5.90 11.50 -48.90 1.20 2.20
38 43 ESSCI Ltd Dec-19 460.70 387.80 18.80 8.40 6.50 30.00 1.80 1.70
39 61 Lendlease Construction (Europe) Ltd5 Jun-20 442.70 563.00 -21.40 3.90 31.90 -87.90 0.90 5.70
40 88 Keltbray Group (Holdings) Ltd Oct-20 428.60 563.40 -23.90 -9.40 10.50 -189.50 -2.20 1.90
41 48 NMCN plc Dec-19 404.70 340.50 18.90 7.40 6.00 23.90 1.80 1.80
42 65 Bouygues (UK) Ltd Dec-19 399.50 451.90 -11.60 2.60 -0.50 600.60 0.70 -0.10
43 64 John Sisk & Son Ltd Dec-20 390.20 417.90 -6.60 2.80 5.00 -43.50 0.70 1.20
44 32 Northstone (NI) Ltd Dec-19 383.50 374.50 2.40 10.60 7.50 41.70 2.80 2.00
45 70 Ferrovial Construction (UK) Ltd Dec-20 381.40 345.40 10.40 1.50 -32.30 104.60 0.40 -9.40
46 55 Geoffrey Osborne Ltd Mar-19 380.10 316.80 20.00 4.50 11.40 -60.90 1.20 3.60
47 27 Henry Construction Projects Ltd Jun-20 376.60 300.60 25.30 12.90 10.80 19.70 3.40 3.60
48 85 Integral UK Ltd Dec-19 364.10 367.20 -0.80 -5.40 1.10 -571.00 -1.50 0.30
49 11 Severfield plc6 Mar-21 363.30 327.40 11.00 21.10 25.80 -18.20 5.80 7.90
Latest Rank By Turnover Latest Rank By Profit Company Reporting Period Latest Turnover (£m) Previous Turnover (£m) Change (%) Latest Pre-tax Profit (£m) Previous Pre-tax Profit (£m) Change (%) Latest Margin Previous Margin
50 9 Watkin Jones plc* Sep-20 354.10 374.80 -5.50 25.30 47.90 -47.20 7.10 12.80
51 37 TSL Ltd7 Dec-20 348.20 191.00 82.30 9.30 5.50 68.90 2.70 2.90
52 46 Hill Partnerships Ltd Dec-20 346.50 331.10 4.60 7.80 9.10 -13.90 2.20 2.70
53 21 Emcor Group (UK) plc Dec-20 335.20 331.30 1.20 15.70 14.00 12.20 4.70 4.20
54 28 FM Conway Ltd Mar-20 325.70 317.40 2.60 12.70 3.60 247.60 3.90 1.10
55 12 OHOB Holdings Ltd Mar-20 321.70 300.30 7.10 20.70 27.00 -23.10 6.40 9.00
56 57 RG Carter Holdings Ltd Dec-19 317.20 269.60 17.70 4.30 -6.40 167.20 1.40 -2.40
57 60 JN Bentley Ltd Dec-19 311.80 307.90 1.30 3.90 6.30 -37.60 1.30 2.00
58 75 SSE Contracting Ltd Mar-20 303.50 318.80 -4.80 0.10 3.40 -97.10 0.00 1.10
59 22 Caddick Group plc Aug-20 298.70 208.70 43.10 15.60 10.60 47.40 5.20 5.10
60 66 The Clancy Group Ltd Mar-20 292.70 309.00 -5.30 2.60 0.30 849.30 0.90 0.10
61 24 Kone plc Dec-20 291.30 314.30 -7.30 14.80 19.90 -25.90 5.10 6.30
62 79 Midas Group Ltd8 Oct-20 291.30 259.30 12.30 -2.40 0.80 -423.60 -0.80 0.30
63 40 McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd Dec-20 290.10 340.40 -14.80 8.70 13.70 -36.80 3.00 4.00
64 73 MV Kelly Ltd May-20 275.20 307.90 -10.60 1.00 8.20 -87.70 0.40 2.70
65 49 Ardmore Construction Ltd Sep-20 272.00 209.80 29.60 7.40 9.00 -18.00 2.70 4.30
66 78 Colas Ltd Dec-19 262.00 271.90 -3.60 -1.00 7.00 -114.80 -0.40 2.60
67 84 FP McCann Group Ltd Dec-20 259.30 264.00 -1.80 -4.80 18.20 -126.50 -1.90 6.90
68 69 Ogilvie Group Ltd Jun-20 256.30 254.40 0.80 1.80 5.70 -68.00 0.70 2.30
69 87 United Living Group Ltd Mar-20 254.00 275.00 -7.60 -6.50 3.50 -286.50 -2.60 1.30
70 44 J Reddington Ltd Dec-20 253.10 283.20 -10.60 8.30 15.00 -44.70 3.30 5.30
71 72 TClarke plc Dec-20 231.90 334.60 -30.70 1.20 9.00 -86.70 0.50 2.70
72 47 Eric Wright Group Ltd Dec-19 223.20 170.40 31.00 7.70 10.00 -22.70 3.40 5.80
73 58 Briggs & Forrester (UK) Ltd Oct-20 223.20 259.80 -14.10 4.10 3.20 27.20 1.80 1.20
74 17 Henry Boot plc Dec-20 222.40 379.70 -41.40 17.10 49.10 -65.20 7.70 12.90
75 83 Esh Holdings Ltd Dec-19 221.20 208.40 6.20 -3.60 -7.30 51.10 -1.60 -3.50
76 42 Erith Holdings Ltd Sep-20 214.50 190.30 12.70 8.40 7.90 6.70 3.90 4.20
77 53 William Hare Group Ltd Dec-19 203.10 221.40 -8.30 5.30 3.50 50.60 2.60 1.60
78 19 HG Construction Ltd Dec-20 201.60 150.50 34.00 16.70 11.70 42.60 8.30 7.80
79 67 BW Interiors Ltd Dec-19 201.00 180.50 11.30 2.30 5.20 -56.40 1.10 2.90
80 63 Seddon Group Ltd Dec-19 198.70 176.70 12.40 3.10 1.60 98.10 1.60 0.90
81 86 Speller Metcalfe Ltd Sep-19 197.20 126.70 55.60 -6.30 1.20 -611.80 -3.20 1.00
82 59 RGCM Ltd Dec-19 196.50 199.30 -1.40 4.00 3.80 2.90 2.00 1.90
83 50 Readie Construction Ltd Mar-20 195.90 172.80 13.40 7.30 7.30 0.00 3.70 4.20
84 45 Sureserve Group plc* Sep-20 195.70 212.10 -7.70 7.80 5.30 45.90 4.00 2.50
85 96 Otis Ltd Nov-19 193.00 239.20 -19.30 -64.50 -30.00 -115.30 -33.40 -12.50
86 93 Spie Ltd Dec-20 192.50 191.20 0.70 -21.60 5.80 -472.20 -11.20 3.00
87 54 Byrne Group Ltd Jun-20 186.60 202.80 -8.00 5.20 5.70 -9.40 2.80 2.80
88 68 Gratte Brothers Group Ltd9 Mar-20 181.10 121.10 49.50 2.10 1.30 57.60 1.10 1.10
89 77 Tolent plc Dec-19 174.70 133.70 30.70 -0.90 1.80 -147.80 -0.50 1.30
90 18 CCG (Scotland) Ltd Mar-20 173.40 173.50 -0.10 16.90 10.90 55.60 9.80 6.30
91 26 Tide Construction Ltd Aug-20 173.40 166.90 3.90 13.50 13.70 -1.50 7.80 8.20
92 31 Mick George Ltd* Sep-20 173.00 255.20 -32.20 11.20 13.90 -19.60 6.50 5.50
93 14 HW Martin Holdings Ltd Jul-20 171.40 152.40 12.40 19.90 15.00 33.20 11.60 9.80
94 62 SDC (Holdings) Ltd Sep-20 170.60 186.40 -8.50 3.60 2.40 52.60 2.10 1.30
95 81 Higgins Group plc Jul-20 168.30 219.40 -23.30 -3.10 -4.00 24.00 -1.80 -1.80
96 39 Axis Europe plc Mar-20 166.90 165.70 0.70 8.80 8.70 1.20 5.30 5.20
97 76 Rydon Group Ltd Sep-20 166.70 179.80 -7.30 -0.70 1.00 -173.00 -0.40 0.50
98 56 Novus Property Solutions Ltd Dec-19 163.60 155.80 5.00 4.40 5.50 -20.70 2.70 3.60
99 52 Gilbert-Ash Ltd Dec-19 163.10 179.40 -9.10 5.70 7.70 -26.00 3.50 4.30
100 92 Barhale Ltd Jun-19 160.70 179.40 -10.50 -15.90 2.50 -729.60 -9.90 1.40
Totals 70586.20 74164.20 -4.80 144.40 902.90 82.20 0.80 2.30

Latest annual accounts available at Companies House at July 30 2021

* Continuing operations only
1. Profit from continuing operations
2. 18 months to September 2020 compared to 12 months to March 2019
3. 2019 calendar year compared to 15 months to December 2018
4. Results for 15 months to June 20 compared to 12 months to March 2019 5. During the 2020 financial year, Lendlease Construction (Europe) became the employing identity for all Lendlease Europe Holdings Group employees
6. Staff numbers and wages based on 2020 accounts
7. Results compare July 2019 to December 2020 to 12 months to June 2019
8. 18 months to October 2020 compared to previous 12 months
9. Operating profits