Contractor also allies with Balfour Beatty to win East London line scheme

A trio of schemes for the Ministry of Defence helped to give Carillion first place in the contractors league tables for October.

The three schemes included the £153m project to redevelop the MoD’s management and operation facilities in Northolt, Middlesex. It also landed a £24m project for the Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire and picked up a £25m scheme as part of the Allenby and Connaught PFI project (see opposite). In total Carillon secured work worth £276m in October.

A joint venture between Carillion and Balfour Beatty has been named preferred bidder for by far the biggest project secured last month – Transport for London’s £363m deal to build the East London rail extension between Dalston Junction and West Croydon.

Second place went to Vinci subsidiary Norwest Holst, which scooped a £35m project from Brunel University for student accommodation in Uxbridge, Middlesex. The contract helped it win a combined £114m of deals last month. Kier was close behind Norwest Holst with a similar value of work while HBG Construction was fifth.

October’s other large deals include the £80m contract for the Whitelee Windfarm in East Kilbride, Scotland, won by Galliford Try, which sits at number 28 in the monthly table. And Sir Robert McAlpine was appointed the contractor on the £43m conversion of a residential block into a commercial development in south-west London.

October’s results were not enough to change the running order in the rolling annual table.

Balfour remains far ahead of its nearest rival. Since November 2005, the contractor has acquired more than £3.8bn of new work from 948 contracts.

Second place Skanska failed to narrow the gap with 197 contracts worth £2.1bn whereas Carillion is in third place with 72 contracts generating £1.8bn.

Further down the table, Galliford Try moved up two places into 10th position while Norwest Holst made the biggest gain, jumping fives places to number 15.