Welcome to Building's annual league tables of the top 100 contractors and housebuilders in the UK.
The tables clearly show another great year for construction with total turnover, pre-tax profit and margins all reaching record levels. Amec and Bovis Lend Lease are by far and away the biggest firms, with turnover more than a billion ahead of third-placed Balfour Beatty. It's been a bumper year in the housing sector too, with the six top profit earners overwhelming making their money in housebuilding. Finally, there are some firms missing from the list this year: among the departed are Beazer and Bryant following their takeover by Persimmon and Taylor Woodrow respectively, and Laing Construction looks like making its final appearance.

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* full split of activities not provided in reports and accounts, therefore turnover and/or profits assigned to main activity
** total profit refers to pre-tax profit. Breakdowns refer in most cases to operating profits before exceptional items. Total of profit breakdown plus interest etc = pre-tax profit
*** interest etc refers in general to net interest payments/receipts, exceptional items, and other non-trading income or losses
† FM activity included within contracting data in other tables
†† pre-tax measure
††† based on results of top 50 companies

Important notes which refer to all tables

Morgan Sindall’s housing refers to affordable housing; “other” refers to fit-out 
Balfour Beatty data is not split by type of activity; “other” refers to investments and PFI 
Simons’ profit figures are estimates 
Amec “other” includes PFI 
Interserve services figure includes equipment services (RMD Kwikform) 
Activity breakdown for Rydon is estimated 
Galliford Try breakdowns are estimates 
Carillion “other” includes PFI, which in turn includes a large element of contracting 
David McLean breakdowns are estimates 
Interior Services Group data excludes construction management 
Connaught’s activities include fit-out and facilities maintenance 
Amey classifies all turnover as services 
Bovis Lend Lease data is based on company estimates to year end June 2001 (converted from US dollars). Profit figures are estimates 
Newarthill “other” includes PFI concessions 
Jarvis now classifies its turnover as services 
HBG profit data is unaudited, pre-tax 
Cala profit data is pre-tax 
Staveley Industries was taken over by Guinness Peat in 2000 
Morrison Construction Group was taken over by Anglian Water Group in 2000 
Wilson Connolly figures include Wainhomes data (12 months to June 2000), which was acquired in early 2001
Alfred McAlpine data includes Kennedy Construction (year end Oct 2000), which was acquired in early 2001; Persimmon data includes Beazer (year end June 2000), which was acquired early 2001
  Montpellier includes Allen building’s turnover (12 months to October 2000), which was acquired early 2001 
Taylor Woodrow includes Bryant (year end May 2000), which was acquired early 2001
Tables compiled by Martin Hewes, Hewes & Associates, 01428-641518.

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