In the Olympic year, Sir Robert McAlpine takes the gong in this category in recognition of its outstanding ability to deliver projects - the best example being the 2012 stadium which came in under budget and two months early

Major Contractor of the year (over £300m)

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Sir Robert McAlpine

A true industry giant, in 2012 Sir Robert McAlpine will have its chance to really shine as the eyes of the world look to the Olympic park and the Olympic stadium in particular. A structure completed under budget and two months early, this is the year that this contractor’s flagship project will come to life. But it’s not just the glamorous projects that the firm delivers to such a high standard. The M74 completion project - one of Scotland’s largest civil engineering schemes at 8km long - was delivered eight months early, while the widening of the M1 between junctions 25 and 28 was also completed under budget and five months early. Proof that delivering schemes quickly and efficiently does not have mean having to compromise on quality.

Runners up


ISG is a construction name now synonymous with one of the most successful Olympic venues - the velodrome. The firm has been hailed for playing an instrumental part in delivering this popular scheme eight weeks early, to budget and to a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.


Kier’s order book is at a healthy £4.3bn. The group has reacted to public sector cuts by switching its public/private sector ratio from 74/26 in 2010 to 56/44 in 2011. Kier is currently working on projects in 250 UK towns and has won roles on 70 frameworks.

Laing O’Rourke

As well as achieving a 41% increase in construction turnover over the last three years the firm has continued to work alongside some of the most high-profile clients in the UK including the Candy Brothers’ famous One Hyde Park project in central London.

Vinci Construction UK

Construction turnover hit £1bn in 2011 thanks to pinpointing emerging markets in the UK and overseas. Vinci Construction says its collaboration with customers, stakeholders and supply chain was “fundamental” to its over arching success.

Willmott Dixon

In its 160th year, Willmott Dixon reached, and exceeded, a £1bn turnover target. A real achievement in a difficult market. The firm also celebrated a number of landmark project wins including the largest ever contract let by Tesco, an £86m job to deliver the Woolwich Centre.