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Laing O’Rourke lands top spot with £450m airport contract

Firm is number one in contractor league tables after winning job to transform Manchester’s Terminal Two

Paradise Circus

A mammoth £450m deal to transform Terminal Two at Manchester airport has launched Laing O’Rourke to the top of both contractor tables for August. The contractor also bagged a £100m contract to build a test centre for Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire, taking its tally to £550m last month.

In terms of total contract value, the haul means Laing O’Rourke is £350m ahead of second placed Kier, who took the runner-up spot on both tables after winning 52 contracts across the commercial, housing, public, civils and industrial sectors. It was also another good month for Scottish-based Robertson Group, which rounds out podium places on both tables with 10 jobs worth £108m.

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THE CPA/BARBOUR ABI INDEX

The Index shows construction contract awards based on Barbour ABI research. It is adjusted for seasonal variation and includes monthly deflators to allow for price changes. The Index is benchmarked against the value of 100 in January 2010.

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Your interactive guide to construction activity

Building’s barometer is your guide to construction economics and contract wins. Each month our interactive, sortable league tables are updated with the latest contract awards across the industry showing which firms are winning the most work and where. Barometer is also the home of the CPA/Barbour ABI Index, the leading monthly measure of construction activity in 10 key sectors.

Read our analysis and browse our tables to see how firms, sectors and areas are faring.

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Noble Francis

Public sector cuts limit contract awards growth

21 November 2012 | By Noble Francis

Marginally more contracts were awarded in October than September – up 1% to 112.

Yet, contract awards remain relatively subdued – and the long lead time in some sectors means it could be a while, well into 2013, before we see output following suit and falling away.

Looking across the sectors, it’s a mixed picture, with the indices for public housing and public health falling in October – by 12% and 19%, respectively – because of public sector cuts. However, this was offset in October by contract awards in some private construction sectors.

Private housing contracts were 5% lower than in September, but still considerably higher than a year ago owing to work by major housebuilders. Commercial and industrial awards also rose considerably, yet were lower than a year ago and remain at historic lows so it is unlikely that we will see substantial growth soon.

League table methodology

The league tables are compiled using Barbour ABI data on contracts awarded and a survey of over 100 of the largest contractors. The project values for architect and QS league tables is based on Barbour ABI contract data. The figures include contracts worth £100k or more, and all work awarded by negotiation or competitive tender unless stated.


This information is compiled be Barbour ABI. To contact, call 0151-3533 500, email info@barbourabi.com or visit barbour-abi.com

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