Top 150 Contractors and Housebuilders 2019: Treading a tightrope

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How will the current top players ensure they survive to earn a place on next year’s table?

Given all the recent turmoil in the world of contracting, you might have expected to see a vastly different Top 150 this year to last, with big names dropping away and insurgents elbowing their way up the league. Well – sorry to disappoint – there’s nothing quite that dramatic to report. 

Despite well-reported woes at Galliford Try and Kier, and last year’s fifth-placed firm, Interserve, suffering a pre-pack administration as its debts threatened to overwhelm it, there are only minimal changes in the top 10. Interserve, now reborn as a privately-owned business, slips just one spot to sixth place in the tables – which rank contractors and housebuilders by turnover – while Laing O’Rourke, last year’s number seven, falls out of the top 10 entirely, courtesy of a £250m drop in revenue. O’Rourke’s space is taken by housebuilder Bellway.

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