Hard on Bovis' heels in monthly and annual leagues is HBG, and Gardiner & Theobald tops QS chart
There's no stopping the boys and girls at Bovis Lend Lease. The contractor maintained its primacy in the overall 2003 league with a scintillating performance in December's monthly table. It secured a double first with a £600m mixed-use central London contract for developer Parkview.

Kicking at Lend Lease's heels in both lists is HBG Construction. It won seven contracts in December valued at £126.1m, the largest being a £25m office building in Strathclyde.

The project's quantity surveyor, Gardiner & Theobald, overtook rival Davis Langdon & Everest to take top spot in the QS league. G&T was thereby crowned 2003's most successful QS, winning 52 contracts valued at nearly £1.5bn. DLE won 22 more contracts than G&T, but their combined value was still not quite enough at £1.4bn.

These tables represent schemes within the specified time periods that have moved to main contract stage. They do not represent work currently being carried out by the listed consultants. To qualify, firms must have been identified on two or more projects fitting the following criteria in the past 12 months. Project must: be of precisely calculated or confirmed value; have reached the main contract stage; be valued at £1m or more; be in the UK. Residential, civils or overseas contracts are excluded. Student accommodation is included.