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Volker Wessels goes top of the league as total contract awards double in value

6 May 14 Volker Wessels has topped the Builders’ Conference BCLive league table for April thanks to several major contracts signed in the rail sector.

Meanwhile, the value of monthly new orders has doubled year on year.

The Merseylink Joint Venture of Kier, FCC and Samsung C&T took second place in April thanks to the tying up of loose ends on the new Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Morgan Sindall was in third place, picking up 21 new contracts, more than any other contractors during the month.

Volker Wessels’ new work includes £600m Network Rail station refurbishment contracts as part of the CP5 southern multifunctional framework plus an £80m contract to build a new depot for Hitachi Rail Europe in Doncaster.

BCLive league table for April 2014 (click to enlarge)

With the total value of new contract awards reaching close to £5bn in April, Builders’ Conference chief executive Neil Edwards commented that “it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain cautious and sceptical”.

The £4,911.8m of new orders recorded by the Builders’ Conference in April 2014 was almost exactly double the £2,465.3m signed during April 2013.

In the rolling year to date, there has been £39,764.8m of new contracts signed in the 12 months up to 30 April 2014. This is up 64% from the £24,188.9m rolling 12-monthly total a year ago.

Over the past 12 months, Carillion has booked more firm orders by value than any other contractor, with 30 contracts totalling £1,988.7m. In second place is Balfour Beatty, with 156 contracts worth an aggregate £1,917.8m. Kier, Morgan Sindall and BAM are the only other contractors to have bagged more than £1bn over the past 12 months.

BCLive league table year-to-date (1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014)

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