Group order book at £2.84m, and gathering momentum.

Morgan Sindall says that it expects trading for the whole of 2005 to be close to the top of its expectations. In a statement released prior to its close period, the group singled out its fit out and refurbishment and affordable housing divisions as having produced the strongest performances in the 12-month period.

It said that Fit Out - its fit out and refurbishment business - had traded strongly throughout the year, increasing its share of an improving market. Lovell, the division that specialises in affordable housing, is also expected to produce good results in a buoyant sector.

Overall, the group's forward order book now stands at £2.84bn.

Chairman John Morgan said: "We are very pleased with the progress the group has made this year and expect this momentum to continue in 2006. I look forward to reporting in more detail in February."