The improved performance saw BAM construction and property return to £18.3m profit in the first half after a loss of £12m in the previous Covid-hit first half of 2020. The rebound was also supported by a claim settlement.
Confidence was also bolstered with BAM Construction’s largest-ever contract win at £253m for Manchester’s Co-op Live Arena.
BAM Nuttall also notched up a 40% revenue rise in the UK, driving overall Royal BAM civils up by 20%.
The civils arm remained bigger than the building business with first-half revenue of £539m, but profit was slightly lower than the building business at £16.4m.
Ruud Joosten, CEO of Royal BAM Group, said that the civils order book in the UK remained at a high level, allowing for continued selective tendering.
He added: “In the United Kingdom, the government has committed to significantly increase public investment over the next four years, resulting in a positive outlook for health, justice and education.
“The private market is a mixed picture, with lower demand in retail and some hesitation in offices, partly offset by logistics and pharmaceuticals.”
As a whole, the Royal Bam Group this morning reported a return to the black in the first half of this year with adjusted EBITDA of €157m compared with a €54m loss previously on revenue increased by 17% to €3.63bn and above the pre- Covid level of €3.45bn for the first half of 2019.