Murphy tops February contracts league

Aaron Morby 5 months ago

Murphy shot to the top of the contracts league last month on the strength of the award of the Lower Thames Crossing road tunnel contract.

Lower Thames Crossing where a Murphy/Bouygues JV has secured the main tunnel drive works
Lower Thames Crossing where a Murphy/Bouygues JV has secured the main tunnel drive works

It shares the estimated £1.3bn order with joint venture partner Bouygues but edged ahead of its partner in the rankings with an extra small project award.

Morgan Sindall placed third in February with a clutch of contract wins estimated at nearly £550m, according to data compiled by Barbour ABI.

The chief order finalised by Morgan Sindall’s fit-out arm Overbury was for the £300m-plus Project Saturn to refurbish the 42-storey Citi office tower in Canary Wharf.

Top 10 contractors by work confirmed in February


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According to Barbour ABI data, February proved a bumper month for orders with the total value of awards secured by the 50 most successful contractors totalling nearly £5bn, representing 111 projects.

In the rolling 12-month league of wins, Morgan Sindall continued to rank top. Kier jumped to second place, while Willmott Dixon rose to third after a strong month.

Top 5 contractors by work won in the year to February

Among the other major projects wins railway pension fund manager Railpen awarded Skanska a £200m contract to build a speculative twin office project in Cambridge, known as Botanic Place.

Botanic Place

In Manchester, developer Salboy’s construction arm Domis took on the redevelopment of the old Boddington’s Brewery site with a housing-led £195m mixed-used scheme, which involves five new buildings, including building a 20-storey tower.

Salboy’s Waterhouse Gardens construction is scheduled for completion in Q2 2026

In London, United Living sealed a £190m deal with Westmister City Council to retrofit Huguenot House, a former Odeon cinema and flats near Leicester Square.

Huguenot House plan

Also in London, Multiplex secured a £150m revamp of the landmark New Zealand House tower in London’s St James’s. The 18-storey building at 80 Haymarket was considered to be London’s first tower block.

Revamp plan for New Zealand House in Haymarket



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