The Builders’ Conference logs all construction contract awards in the UK and produces the BCLive contracts league table. Top of the pile in July 2019 was house-builder Countryside Properties, which won five projects, together valued at a £455.7m. The largest is a £400m development for One Housing Group in London’s Camden Lock.
Builders’ Conference chief executive Neil Edwards said that although July’s aggregate total of £4.62bn was down on the £5.25bn of new work recorded in the previous month, July is traditionally a little slower as it marks the beginning of the holiday season. “This month’s softening has returned the BCLive league table to the £4.5bn level that was the monthly norm throughout 2018,” he said.
Compared to last year, July 2019’s contracts total of £4.62bn was up nearly 2% on the July 2018 total of £4.54bn.
In second place in the July 2019 league table was ISG, which signed 11 new contracts worth a combined £271.9m. ISG’s new jobs include an £89m new-build logistics centre in Durham for Tritax Group and a £60m fit-out contract at 100 Bishopsgate in London for law firm Freshfields Bruck Hause Derninger.
Balfour Beatty was in third place, with eight new contracts totalling £188.5m, including a £100m Highways England contract on the A19 in the northeast.
Close behind was Willmott Dixon, also with eight new contracts, with total value of £181.3m, including a £54m building job for Warwick University.
Other contract awards of note logged by the Builders’ Conference during the month included a £153m power plant new build at Ferrybridge Multifuel for Hitachi Zosen Inova UK and John Sisk winning a £78m roadworks contract to upgrade Junction 10 of the M6 motorway.
Housing was once again the busiest sector, with 186 new contract awards totalling more than £1.8bn. But there were also increases for education (£625m) and infrastructure (£533m).
Regionally, London was the busiest place for new activity, with 115 new contracts signed and a £1.14bn total value. But the Midlands (£686m), the Northwest (£397m) and East/West Sussex (£349m) also had a good month.
|Position||Number of contracts||Contractor||Total value|
|6||1||Hitachi Zosen Inova UK||£153m|
|10||16||Kier Group £93.6m|
|17||7||Bowmer & Kirkland||£47.8m|
|18||2||Integrated Health Projects||£47m|
|19||2||Construction Partnership UK||£47m|
|20||2||PMC Construction & Development Services||£47m|
|27||3||Buckingham Group Contracting||£33.5m|