According to information specialist Glenigan, Balfour is in line for the £200m student scheme for King’s College University, lifting its haul of work in March to £290m.
This nudged Balfour ahead of rival Kier, which booked £259m worth of new work in the month, including a £100m extension project for Equitix at the University of Leicester.
The win takes Balfour to second place behind Kier in the 12-month rolling league of new orders after slipping down the rankings in recent months.
Among the other big contract wins during March, Bouygues landed a £105m job to build a new town hall for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Ardmore secured a £105m student accommodation scheme for Imperial College in London.
In Manchester Forrest continued its expansion in private residential work as it was confirmed for No1 Old Trafford, near Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium for developer Cole Waterhouse.