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Google takes Carillion to the top of March contracts league

5 Apr 16 A £300m order for Google’s new London headquarters sent Carillion to the top of the Builders’ Conference BCLive contracts league table for March 2016.

It was the second time that a contractor has won the monthly BCLive title with this Google job; BAM was awarded the same contract way back in June 2013 before it went back out to tender.

It is also the second month in a row that Carillion has headed the league, as it also came first for February 2016.

The total value of contract awards recorded by the Builders’ Conference in March 2016 returned above the £4bn mark, having dipped to £3.76bn in February.

Romping into second place on the BCLive league table for March was Galliford Try with a 17 contract haul worth a combined £274.2m. The largest of these was a £73m contract to build three new schools in Scotland under the Morrison Construction name.

Student accommodation also helped McAleer & Rushe make its first foray into the BCLive Top 10 for some considerable time. The company picked up five new contracts in March with a combined value of £199m, the largest for the construction of new student accommodation at Queens University Belfast.

Kier remains on a roll, netting 23 new contract awards worth a combined £180.3m to claim fourth spot. This included the construction of 259 new homes for Bristol City Council. But Morgan Sindall signed the highest number of individual contracts, picking up 25 for a combined value of £76m.

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Builders’ Conference chief executive Neil Edwards said: “Despite the scaremongering from the Office of National Statistics, among others, all of this brought a positive end to a positive quarter. The total value of contracts awarded in the first quarter of 2016 was £11.6bn, up 6% on the previous quarter.   And while tenders for the same period tell a less positive story, anyone pronouncing the post-recessionary rally over is, at best, premature and, at worst, misinformed.”

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