The deal also propelled Multiplex from nowhere to second in the annual league, putting it within spitting distance – well, £300m – of Bovis Lend Lease. Is it a coincidence that the UK's two leading contractors have Australian parents?
July marked a return to form for Kier, which slipped from first to 11th last month. A £65m retail scheme at Airport Road West in Belfast has secured it second place.
After months of lording it over the architects' league, Norman Foster was dethroned by Benoy, with six contracts worth £622.3m in all.
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