Biggest spending client during the month was DfT, says Glenigan data

Clients handed out nearly £6.4bn worth of work in August, according to the latest data from Glenigan.

The data (see below) has revealed that the most work was awarded in the civil infrastructure sector, with firms in this section of the industry handed deals worth just over £1.76bn – or around 28% of all work awarded in the month. 

Nine Elms

The second biggest contract awarded in August was an enabling works deal at Nine Elms in Vauxhall

The top client in this sector was the Department for Transport (DfT), which awarded eight contracts worth a combined £1.46bn.

The next most prolific sector was industrial, which topped the table in July. Clients in this sector awarded firms £1.71bn of work.

The £1.2bn contract handed to NG Bailey to build a lithium ion battery factory in Barry, south Wales, which was the most valuable job awarded across sectors, accounted for 70% of this. 

Pininfarina is responsible for the design of the new facility, while Rolton Group will be doing the engineering design and architecture project management will be handled by Ridge and Partners.

The DfT was the top-spending client across all sectors, while AMTE Power and Britishvolt, the clients behind the £1.2bn battery factory, were the next biggest spenders.

Top contract awards - August 2020

Barry battery gigaplant

AMTE Power and Britishvolt have assigned NG Bailey as the principal contractor on the £1.2bn project to deliver a lithium ion battery factory in Barry, south Wales. Construction of the solar park and gigaplant will take place over three phases with the first phase anticipated to open in 2023.

Nine Elms enabling works

JRL Group has won the contract for the enabling package associated with the Nine Elms project in Vauxhall, south London. The overall project is expected to be completed by 2024.

London Borough of Greenwich modular housing scheme

A&E Elkins has been given a £300m contract by the London Borough of Greenwich to deliver modular residential units across London. The project is expected to last for five years with the first phase delivering 750 affordable homes.

Department for Transport area 4 maintenance

Kier has been awarded the £160m maintenance and response contract for roads and motorways that fall within the South-east region (also known as area 4). The works are due to commence this November and the contract will last for eight years.

Beckton STW AMP7 pgrade

Thames Water has appointed Laing O’Rourke to construct and operate the “Activated Sludge Plant 4” in Beckton. The £123m contract is to last three years and works are expected to start in early 2021.

Meanwhile, the data has revealed that £5.7bn worth of projects were approved in August down from July.

Respondents to the latest IHS Markit/CIPS survey said a lack of new work to replace completed contracts had acted as a brake on the speed of expansion.

The private housing sector was the market with the most approvals, securing permission for 339 schemes worth nearly £2.2bn.

In private housing, Bellway secured approval for the greatest number of schemes, seven, followed by Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Vistry and Barratt who were each approved to push ahead with four projects. This does not include projects that are being developed in joint venture.

After private residential, industrial clients achieved the second highest value of approvals at £744m.

Top spending clients - August 2020

The tables below show contract awards by sector for August put together by Glenigan. They are just a small part of the client information that is accessible through the Building Boardroom Network. 

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Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
Sainsburys 4 £19.6m
G3 Remarketing/Wykeland Group 1 £12m
Asda 3 £11.5m
Lidl 4 £9.6m
Aldi 4 £7.7m
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
McCormick/Roxhill Development 1 £47m
Abstract Securities 1 £41.4m
Middlesbrough Borough Council 1 £30m
Home Group 1 £25m
Roxor Gaming 1 £11.6m
Medical & scientific  
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
Department of Health 12 £39.8m
Signature Senior Lifestyle 1 £15m
Department of Health/Salford City Council 1 £10.4m
Department of Health/Isle of Man Government/Tooms Bros 1 £9.4m
Care Developments/Millhouse Group 1 £8.5m
Hotel & leisure  
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
Wiltshire Council 1 £30m
CEPF II Charles Street Manchester Developments 1 £29m
The Emmanuel Schools Foundation 1 £12.8m
The Conygar Investment Company PLC 1 £9m
Loft-Co 1 £7m
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
The Rhodes Trust/University of Oxford 1 £20m
Department for Education 2 £19.7m
Department of Health/North Lanarkshire Council 1 £19m
Aberdeen City Council 2 £17.6m
The Northern School of Art 1 £12.8m
Civil (infrastructure)  
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
Department for Transport 8 £1.46bn
Network Rail Limited 5 £91.5m
Prologis UK Limited 1 £29m
Gloucestershire County Council 2 £23.8m
Derbyshire County Council 3 £17.6m
Private housing  
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
C Le Masurier 1 £70m
Peel Holdings Group Plc/Your Housing Group 1 £55m
Grainger 1 £42m
Lupa Land/The High Street Group 1 £40m
Cogent Land/Sanctuary Housing Group 1 £30m
Social housing  
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
Royal Borough of Greenwich 2 £302.5m
Estuary Housing Association 1 £76.5m
Mclaren Construction Group Plc 2 £40.24m
Lewisham Homes 1 £38m
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council 1 £25m
Company Total number of projects Total value of projects
AMTE Power/Britishvolt 1 £1.2bn
Arcadis/Follingsby International Enterprise Park Limited 1 £99m
Staffordshire County Council/Wolverhampton City Council 1 £95m
Soulplane PropCo 1/ S.a.r.l 1 £70m
Monte Blackburn 1 £62.3m


* private housing awards data refers to external contracts only and does not include frameworks

** projects awarded by a joint venture are listed independently to both single party clients