Victoria Gate retail scheme in Leeds helps contractor to top spot as flooding affects activity sector wide

Victoria Gate John Lewis

Sir Robert McAlpine was propelled to top spot in the contractors’ league table last month after winning the job to build Hammerson’s £150m Victoria Gate retail development in Leeds.

Sir Robert McAlpine won £209m worth of contracts in February, including the £81m job to build the Victoria Gate scheme, which includes a 21,000m² John Lewis store, as well as a retail arcade with 30 stores, restaurants and cafes, a casino and a multi-storey car park.

Sir Robert McAlpine’s contract haul also included a £98m job to build Ronson Capital Partners’ residential development Riverwalk House in Millbank, Westminster.

Breyer Group also shot up the table last month to second place, after picking up a £150m contract haul across four jobs. The firm’s wins included a £110m housing refurbishment contract for Lambeth council, in London, and a £40m regeneration programme for Affinity Sutton.

Morgan Sindall tied for second place with Breyer, with a £150m haul across 34 jobs.

Morgan Sindall’s wins included an £18m commercial job for client Rangeford RAP in Wiltshire and another commercial job, worth £16m, for the Slough Regeneration Partnership.

Overall the CPA/Barbour ABI construction index remained at 109 last month, the same level as January, which represented a fall of 4% on a year ago.

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 February figures showed the impact of the flooding around the country.

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