Twenty-seven contracts worth £302m push contractor to pole position, ahead of Carillion and Laing O’Rourke

Kier was way ahead of its rivals at the top of the monthly contractors’ league in March. Kier made it to the top after winning 27 contracts worth £302m. Its biggest single win last month was a £150m office contract for the DVLA in Swansea.

Kier beat off its closest rival, Carillion, by more than £120m. Carillion climbed six places to second last month, winning four contracts worth £180m, including a £100m PPP schools programme for Renfrewshire council in Scotland.

Bovis Lend Lease, which retained its long-standing position at the top of the annual league with contracts worth £1.5bn, slipped out of the monthly league in March.

Sir Robert McAlpine dropped two places in the annual league, overtaken by Laing O’Rourke and Kier who took second and third place respectively.

This information is compiled for Building by Emap Glenigan, which analyses an average of 8500 construction projects each week. For details, email Marcus Oughton at or call 01202-432121.

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.