Bovis Lend Lease is knocked right out of monthly top 30 for January – but still hanging on to annual lead

A single project worth £135m catapulted Sir Robert McAlpine to the top of the monthly contractors’ league in January.

The company was appointed by developer Land Securities and Exeter council as main contractor on the development of Princesshay shopping precinct in Exeter, Devon.

Kier Group took second place winning 18 contracts worth £95m and Balfour Beatty came in third place, with nine deals worth £94m.

Although Bovis Lend Lease did not make the top 30 contractors in January, it stayed on top of the annual league, with 26 projects worth £1.5bn under its belt.

The upper reaches of the annual chart remained static, with the top nine all non-movers.

Building Design Partnership, Davis Langdon and the Department of Health all hung on to pole position in their respective leagues.

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.