… while Kier keeps its place as the king of the contractors with £100m of contract wins.
Aat last it has happened. For month after month, Foster & Partners has found itself runner-up to HOK International in the architects league. But no longer. It has topped the table for May with seven contracts valued at £598.8m; HOK slips to second.

Kier, which was last month's leading contractor, held on to its lead with 13 wins valued at more than £100m. They included a four-year £30m industrial and residential scheme for Watford council and a £10.2m headquarters for the National Trust in Swindon.

That performance meant that Kier sneaked into second place, ahead of HBG, on the annual league. But with an order book only a little more than half of Bovis Lend Lease's £1.23bn total, its prospects of gaining the top spot are remote.

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 award stage; be valued at £1m or more; be in the UK. Residential, civil engineering or overseas contracts are excluded. Student accommodation is included.