Costain tops Highways Agency league of best firms

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

Costain has topped the Highways Agency’s controversial road builders’ league table.

The rankings are critical to contractors and consultants because they influence selection of bidders on the £1.5bn annual motorways and trunk roads programme.

Replacing the old CAT ranking system, the new StART – Strategic Alignment Review Toolkit – is also being used to highlight firms’ strength and weaknesses.

Firms were audited on leadership, supply chain management, cost as well as new areas such as commitment to inclusion and sustainability.

StART scoring is out of a theoretical maximum of 180. Just four firms scored over 75% of top marks – Costain, EnterpriseMouchel, Carillion and Balfour Beatty.

Agency procurement chiefs said there was significant contrast in category scoring behind each headline score.

They will now forensically shift through details from the 21 firms taking part to press for improvements and identify best practice down the supply chain.

    Highways Agency StART scores

  1. Costain                                              139.7
  2. EnterpriseMouchel                           138.0
  3. Carillion                                             137.4
  4. Balfour Beatty CE                             135.7
  5. Halcrow Group                                  133.0
  6. Skanska                                             130.3
  7. BAM Nuttall                                       129.7
  8. Colas                                                  126.4
  9. Jacobs Engineering UK                   126.3
  10. Eurovia Ringway Group                   126.0
  11. Atkins Highways                               115.7
  12. Mott MacDonald                                115.7
  13. Serco Integrated Transport              115.4
  14. Amey                                                   112.0
  15. Ferrovial Agromán UK                       110.6
  16. Morgan Sindall                                   102.0
  17. Sir Robert McAlpine                             98.3
  18. WSP Civils                                             91.3
  19. VolkerFitzpatrick                                  74.4
  20. Interserve Project Services                  70.7
  21. GallifordTry Infrastructure                   69.3

    Maximum score: 180

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