Five deals push Yorkshire firm into pole position, but Bovis Lend Lease still dominates the annual table

Shepherd Construction was the star contractor in September, rising to first place in the monthly league after winning five contracts worth a total of £113m.

The biggest contract was the £40m project to build a 43,000 m2 headquarters for supermarket chain William Morrison in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Kier was close behind; it won a total of 13 contracts worth £93m. Carillion came in third after making no appearance at all in August. It was appointed the groundwork and main contractor on the £70m Met Quarter shopping centre in Liverpool, due to open in time for Christmas 2005.

Business won in September had little effect on the annual contractors’ league, where the top five retained their positions.

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.

Table information

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.