Kier secures breakout success in league table


Kier topped the construction contractors league table in May, having been awarded 12 contracts that month with a total value of £397m.

Kier’s activity in May further cemented its top position for a rolling 12-month period with 155 awards totalling £2.2bn.

The latest edition of the Top 50 League Tables, which highlights the number of construction contracts awarded and the total value, has been published by industry analysts Barbour ABI.

An image of the new build resettlement prison at Wellingborough

According to Barbour ABI, construction of the new HM Prison Wellingborough contributed £253m, while the Paisley Town Hall regeneration contributed £22m to the total amount.

In joint second place for May were Hill Partnerships and Ardmore Construction with the total value both at £154m. Barbour ABI said the firms also had considerably fewer contracts awarded – four and three projects respectively.

The combined value of contracts awarded to the top 50 last month was £2.6bn for a total of 141 projects. Chief economist Tom Hall said this was a decrease of 22% on April this year.

‘The top 50 contractors league table provides interesting analysis on construction activity throughout the UK. Even though this month we see Kier dominate the league tables, activity can change dramatically month on month by the top contractors, generally resulting in a change in the top three positions each month,’ he said.

Barbour ABI said other notable contractor activity for May came from Galliford Try Construction, who were particularly active, being awarded eight projects at a total cost of £116m, boosting them to sixth, up 12 places.

Barbour ABI is the chosen provider of Construction New Orders estimates data to the Office for National Statistics and partner of the Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority in providing the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline.

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