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2 Nov 15 The value of August’s contract wins was a massive £4bn below the unprecedented peak reached the previous month. And the traditional front-runners are strangely absent from the August Top 10, opening the way for some new title contenders to stake their claim. Neil Edwards reports:

It is early days in the new football season but a quick look at the Barclays Premier League table suggests that the footballing world has been turned upside down. Last season’s champions Chelsea are languishing in the bottom half of the table while Leicester City – not so long ago a shoo-in for a relegation place according to most pundits– are enjoying the exalted status of a top three place. And it is much the same story in our contracts league table for the month of August. Previous “champions” Laing O’Rourke, Wates and Balfour Beatty all fall outside the top 10 amid a massive seasonal adjustment that has seen the combined total of all contract awards recorded fall back to just £2.56bn from £6.54bn in July. Admittedly, August is traditionally a quiet month with the industry focused more on summer holidays than on winning new work. But the August figures represent a £4bn drop-off compared to the previous month with the number of contracts down by over a third. However, with many of the usual title contenders apparently happy to build little more than the occasional sandcastle, the way was left open for some surprising and welcome new entrants to the top 10 contract winners.

ISG claims top spot with a near £150m haul of new work comprising an impressive 15 contracts. The largest of these is for an office extension at 20 Old Bailey in London which is valued at £55m. ISG’s monthly tally is further boosted by a £44m fit- out contract at Imperial College London.

Education-based contract awards were also partly responsible for Wilmott Dixon’s second place in the monthly league table. The company bagged a £30m contract to extend Kingston University to provide a new library, dance studio and 300-seat auditorium.

Carillion takes third position thanks in no small part to a £65m new-build in London’s Kings Cross. A newcomer to the top 10, GMI Construction Group, claims fourth position thanks to a £100m mixed use development contract for Scarborough Group International in Leeds.

In a month that saw housing and education leading the way, Morgan Sindall once more demonstrated that sometimes quantity is every bit as good as quality, netting 19 new contract awards for a combined total of £64.1m and a very respectable eighth place.

Rather predictably, demand was very much London-focused, the capital claiming more than a third of all new contract awards during the month. However, both Yorkshire and the South West enjoyed upturns to record awards of £185.3m and £203.9m respectively.
But if August is traditionally quiet then September – the last real chance to award work that might start before the new Year – is notoriously busy. So don’t be surprised if the usual title contenders reclaim their rightful position at the top of the tree this time next month. 


• Neil Edwards is chief executive of The Builders’ Conference

Sector Job Count Total Value (M) Average Value (M)
Air Transport 1 7 7
Schools, Colleges & University
164
447.1 2.9
Entertainment 37 172.6 4.7
Factories 14 37.5 2.7
Garages 17 56.5 3.3
Harbours & Waterways 3 3.5 1.2
Housing 226 1,052.9 4.7
Health & Welfare 28 97.2 3.5
Miscellaneous 16 135.7 8.5
Offices 57 209.3 3.7
Power and Energy 16 86 5.4
Roads 12 27.5 2.3
Railways 2 36 18
Shops 36 103 2.9
Warehouses 6 40.4 6.7
Water & Sewerage 3 35.3 11.8
Total 638 2,577.3  

Contracts league powered by BC LIVE: August 15.

Postition No. Of Projects Contractor Value (M)
1 15 ISG 149.3
2 16 Willmot Dixon 130.3
3 14 Carillion 125.3
4 1 GMI Construction Group 100
5 5 BAM 93.7
6 8 Galliford Try 92.2
7 16 Kier Group 67.7
8 19 Morgan Sindall 64.1
9 6 Barratt Homes 56.5
10 6 Bellway Homes 51.9
11 3 CRH 51
12 14 Keepmoat Group 46.9
13 5 Countryside Properties 44.9
14 1 Jones Bros Balfour Beatty JV 44
15 4 Taylor Wimpey 41.5
16 1 Gear Construction 39
17 1 Murphy Group 34
18 2 Knight Harwood 32.5
19 2 Balfour Beatty 32
20 5 Bouygues Group 30.9
21 1 Sisk Group 30
22 1 Crest Nicholson 30
23 2 Blenheim House 27
24 1 Nordic Construction 25
25 1 Downing Developments 23
26 7 Interserve 21.5
27 1 Readie Construction 20.6
28 1 United Living Group 20
29 5 RG Group 20
30 2 Eric Wright Construction 18.5
31 3 Westleigh Develops 17.2
32 3 Persimmon Homes 16
33 1 Vascroft Contractors 16
34 2 Headcrown Group 15.7
35 5 Lakehouse Contracts 15
36 1 Telford Homes 15
37 2 FP McCann 15
38 1 Kind & Company 15
39 1 SDC 14.5
40 3 Bowmer &Kirkland 14.2
41 1 Graham Construction 13.5
42 2 Feliw O'Hare 13
43 1 McLaren Construction 12.5
44 5 Trench Holdings 12.4
45 2 Bloor Homes 12.2
46 6 Esh Group 12
47 2 Geoffrey Osborne 12
48 1 Sizebreed Construction 12
49 3 RG Carter 11.3
50 5 Beard 10.6

Total Value for August

2015

(Total Value for July

2015)

   

2,568.7

(6,542.4)

Contracts League powered by BC LIVE: September 2014 - August 2015

POSITION NO. OF PROJECTS CONTRACTOR VALUE (M) AGRICULTURE AIR TRANSPORT COMMUNICATIONS EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT FACTORIES GARAGES HARBOURS & WATERWAYS HOUSING HEALTH &WELFARE MISCELLANIOUS OFFICES POWER & ENERGY RAILWAYS ROADS SHOPS WAREHOUSE WATER & SWEAGE
1 78 Balfour Beatty 2,795.6   60   347 19.1 12.5 10.4 7 246 12 1,500 3.8 54 115 403     4.9
2 23 Laing O'Rourke 2,293.2       185 17.5       319 215 248 19   600   519   171
3 27 Lend Lease 2,205.2       14.5         184   1,729 278            
4 217 Morgan Sindall 2,042.6   20.6   394 27.8 37 7.6   433 32 79 292 214 1.3 1 0.7 4 500
5 195 Kier Group 1,838.9       596 53 11 53.4 9 344 222 180 147 16.7   39.5 2 3.6 162
6 49 Carillion 1,754.3   17   314 905       300   123   27 57.5 11      
7 146 Galiford Try 1,637   10   377 3.8 2 6 1.1 915 90 67.8 112     15.5 18 4.7 15
8 76 BAM 1,340.8       335 45.7 5   71.7 138 102 192 173 1.7 111 52.8 109   4.7
9 123 Willmott Dixon 1,119.7       515 75.7   17.6 3.5 246 64.1 40.2 128     25 5    
10 134 ISG 945.2   0.5   202 188 44.7 25   41.2 26.5 51.1 305       61.2    
11 78 Bowmer & Kirkland 938.4       240 53.2 32.2     21.7 6.2 34 299 15     188 49.1  
12 161 Keepmoat Group 926.2       56.9     5   841 23 0.6              
13 54 Bouygues Group 914.5       267 73.7       265 185 33.6 8.2 82          
14 110 Interserve 908.7       248 44.4 0.6 4.5   5.9 299 3.9 69.3 160   19.7 20   33.3
15 20 Skanska 839.7       355           204 224 39.8     17.3      
16 86 Wates 833.4       303 25.6 6.5 2.6   269 0.2 85.5 102       32.7 6.2  
17 3 Balfour Beatty/Vinci JV 807                             807      
18 27 Mace 791   100   42.8         483   5 151       9.5    
19 1 Connect Roads 745                             745      
20 36 McLaren Construction 738.4       127 46.7 22 3   180   114 50     4 92 99.8  
21 7 Galliard Homes 678                 631   12 35            
22 8 Brookfield Multiplex Construct 640                 150 165 170 155            
23 4 Kier/Carillion JV 634                             634      
24 2 Skanska Constain JV 600                             600      
25 15 Sir Robert McAlpine 584.5       32.5 264       63   21 136       7.5 60.5  
26 20 Sisk Group 564.5   14   74.5   59.5     99 10.5   50   250 7      
27 55 Barratt Homes 532.8       20         513                  
28 4 Galliford/Constain JV 516                             511     5
29 35 Graham Construction 445.9       163     13.5 55 8.4 15 14 21.2   9.3 37.5 6 100 3
30 54 Taylor Wimpey 419.8                 412           8      
31 60 Bellway Homes 415.5                 415                  
32 9 Ardmore Construction 401.1         162       239                  
33 30 Countryside Properties 394.3                 394                  
34 3 M&W Group 357                       96 261          
35 14 McAleer & Rushe 347.5       14.5 131       181   15 6.5            
36 33 Vinci construction 346.5   7   67.7 25 9.9     10.9 92.4 91.3 8.9     30 3.5    
37 32 Redrow Homes 315.2                 315                  
38 2 United House Developments 302.4                 2.4   300              
39 38 Geoffrey Osborne 300.9       183 13.3   7   65.1   12.3 1.3   6.3 12.5      
40 37 Persimmon Homes 271.6                 288   6.5         3    
41 13 Higgins Construction 264.5                 255     10            
42 16 Winvic Construction 264.5       25   18       12 10 27       48 125  
43 23 VolkerWessels 263.9       16 4 30   61 3   16.8 36.4 4.3   37.5     54.9
44 11 Lagan Holdings 253.2   25   175         10           24.3 15   3.9
45 45 RG Carter 245.3       110 26.5       41.7 17 15 10.7       10.9 13.8  
46 16 CRH 244.9       67.4 10     20         31.5   108     8
47 9 Costain 244.8                           11 234      
48 69 Midas Group 237.6       65.7 11.2 2.5 0.7   58.8 30.9   26.4       36.5 5  
49 11 Byrne Group 235.3         4       180     16.3       35    
50 14 Durkan 224.7                 225                  

Total for 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015

Total for July 2014 - 30 June 2015

   

54,895.4

53,099.5

23.1

10.1

295

298

0.4

11.7

8,952

9,108

3,416

3,281

660

653

381

366

360

399

16,325

15,510

2,611

2,524

6,276

6,360

4,086

4,454

1,208

1,003

1,287

1,327

4,992

3,500

1,917

2,147

945

909

1,148

1,239

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