Westminster council wins help firm reach top spot in March, as the overall construction index remains steady

A massive highways maintenance contract with Westminster council helped FM Conway shoot to the top of the contractors’ league table last month, with the firm securing a £466m contract haul.

FM Conway’s four contracts included a £360m highways maintenance deal with Westminster council, as well as two other maintenance deals with Westminster, together worth £81m, covering public lighting and bridges and other structures.

Kier topped the contractors’ league table, excluding civils, with the firm’s £252m haul coming across 68 different projects.

ISG and Wates were big movers last month, with ISG’s £207m haul across 43 projects lifting it from 10th spot in February to third on the overall table and second on the league table, excluding civils.

ISG’s project wins included the £115m job to fit-out the new UBS HQ at 5 Broadgate in the City of London, which is the largest London office fit-out job to come to market in the past year.

Wates moved into fourth spot overall, and third spot, excluding civils, with the contractor’s wins including two London office jobs - a refurbishment project worth £29m for Land Securities and a new build, worth £39m, for Development Securities.

Overall the CPA/Barbour ABI construction index stood at 108 in March, down one point from January and February.

The index, compiled by the Construction Products Association (CPA) using data from construction information provider Barbour ABI, measures contract awards and uses a January 2010 base of 100.

Noble Francis, CPA director, said the pace of increase in contract awards seen in mid-2013 appeared to have slowed at the beginning of this year, as contractors worked through projects signed over the last 12 months.

Top contractors including civils - March 2014


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