Education and healthcare schemes push contractor into first place ahead of HBG and Kier

Public sector health and education projects were the key drivers of business for contractors last month.

Galliford Try was the best performer in December, securing four contracts worth £71m in total. Its performance pushed Bovis Lend Lease off the top spot in the monthly league.

The largest of the four contracts was a £42m NHS LIFT public private partnership in Coventry, West Midlands. Also in Coventry, Galliford Try won a £23m deal to rebuild Caludon Castle school.

HBG Construction took second place in December, after winning three contracts worth £60.6m, including a £53.6m schools project in Strathclyde, Scotland.

Kier Group came in third with 12 contracts worth £42.4m.

The annual leagues for architects, clients and QSs stayed remarkably static, with the top three from November maintaining their positions.

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.