Spurs take Mace to top of contracts league

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The combined value of all new contract awards registered by the Builders’ Conference during the month once again exceeded the £4.3bn mark and six companies secured more than £200m of new work.

Mace took top spot with just three contracts whose combined value was £427.5m. Key among these is the £400m contract to build the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium near to its current White Hart Lane home. Mace saw off competition from Wembley Stadium contractor Brookfield Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine, which built the Emirates Stadium just up the road for Spurs’ local rivals Arsenal.

In second place was Kier Group with a combined haul of 18 individual new contracts awards with a total value of £267.4m. The largest of these was a £55m framework deal for the refurbishment and repair of five schools across the south of England.

While the figures once again showed London streets ahead of all other regions in terms of construction demand, the North East was buoyed by a £45m contract for the extension of Newcastle University’s Science Central campus which was won by Bowmer & Kirkland. Together with 12 smaller contracts, this drove the company’s monthly total to £239.2m and propelled it into the BCLive league table Top 3 for the first time in a while.

Also riding high is Galliford Try which secured £229.3m of new work to claim fourth spot.  Among Galliford Try’s haul was an £80m hospital extension contract at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

Sliding into fifth position was Laing O’Rourke, courtesy of a pair of contracts with a combined value of £226m.   The larger – valued at £116m– was a 16-storey new build comprising offices, retail unit’s restaurants and 100 dwellings in Paddington for client Derwent London. Laing O’Rourke also bagged a £110m shopping centre extension order at Charter Place in Watford.

Housing remains the strongest sector with 193 contracts awarded in the month for a combined total of over £1bn. Schools and universities were responsible for 144 individual contracts with an aggregate value of £866m while the entertainment sector – boosted by the Tottenham Hotspur stadium contract – put out just over £600m across 36 contracts.