Kier crowned 2018 contracts league champion

Aaron Morby 5 months ago

Kier secured the biggest annual haul of contract wins last year despite experiencing mounting debt problems.

The firm romped away with pole position in the annual contracts league after securing just over £3bn worth of projects in 2018, well ahead of second placed Wates on around £2bn and Morgan Sindall in third position with £1.7bn.

It is the third time in five years that Kier has topped the league of project wins, according to data collected by information specialist Glenigan.

The top 10 firms saw their share of total new orders secured by the 100 leading contractors slip to 40% in 2018 from 43% in 2017.

Overall the total haul of work shared by these 100 firms fell 20% to £37bn compared with 2017.

Top 10 ranking by value of work won (£)
2018 2017 2016
1 Kier 3.01bn Sir Robert McAlpine 3.04bn Morgan Sindall £2.4bn
2 Wates 2.02bn Kier 2.41bn Kier £2.1bn
3 Morgan Sindall 1.70bn Balfour Beatty 2.41bn Laing O’Rourke £2.0bn
4 Sir Robert McAlpine 1.38bn Laing O’Rourke 2.22bn Royal BAM £1.8bn
5 Tarmac 1.24bn Morgan Sindall 2.22bn Galliford Try £1.7bn
6 Willmott Dixon 1.24bn Galliford Try 2.22bn Carillion £1.4bn
7 Mace 1.21bn VINCI 1.98bn Balfour Beatty £1.35bn
8 Bouygues UK 1.14bn Willmott Dixon 1.45bn Wates £1.3bn
9 Galliford Try 1.12bn Wates 1.34bn Willmott Dixon £1.2bn
10 Lendlease 1,09bn Carillion 1.33bn Mace £1.0bn


Among the big fallers from previous years, Balfour Beatty and Laing O’Rourke dropped out of the top 10, while Tarmac, Bouygues and Lendlease joined the top players for the first time.

Based on civil engineering workloads alone Tarmac ranked top followed by Costain and then Kier.

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Among the big contract awards in December, Morgan Sindall and Volker rounded off the year with a share of £196m Barking Riverside project.

Mace landed the £130m Stansted Airport Arrivals building. Henry secured the £80m next phase of the Brighton Barracks development and Graham was confirmed main contractor on a £70m student accommodation scheme at the University of Brighton.

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