Analysis of Barbour ABI data shows which firms won the most BREEAM excellent or outstanding projects work last year

Olympic stadium at night

Balfour Beatty has topped a list of contractors who won the most BREEAM excellent or outstanding work by value in the last year.

According to data from construction analyst Barbour ABI, Balfour Beatty won work on £562m worth of projects that were aiming to achieve the BRE standard’s highest two ratings in the 12 months to the end of April 2014.

The firm’s biggest green win was the main contracting role on London’s £154m Olympic stadium redevelopment project.

However, it was rival contractor Kier that won the most green jobs with a spot on 25 projects aiming for BREEAM excellent or outstanding, compared with Balfour Beatty’s 12 projects.

Kier’s wins included a brace of school projects as well as university student accommodation projects.

A Balfour Beatty spokesperson said the firm always encouraged clients to use sustainability standards like BREEAM because “through this process we can achieve better sustainable outcomes”

She added: “We work for and partner with intelligent customers who also aspire to achieving the highest standards of sustainability on their projects.”

Peter Johnson, group environmental manager at Kier, said it had “recognised the market impact of sustainable design and came to the BREEAM process quite early”.

He added that the firm’s 12 environmental managers and its “strong supply chain network of specialists” were key to Kier’s success in the green sector.

He said: “During the tender stage, we carry out an independent review of the BREEAM pre-assessment and suggest to our clients ways in which we could not only deliver a higher BREEAM rating, but also provide added benefits to the building in use.”

Morgan Sindall also performed well as it was the only contractor to win more than one BREEAM outstanding job.

Over the period Morgan Sindall was appointed to build both Hillingdon’s £7m Glebe primary school and the £13m GlaxoSmithKlein sustainable chemistry building at the University of Nottingham, both of which are aiming to achieve the highest BREEAM rating possible.

Other strong performers were Laing O’Rourke, which won eight green projects with a total project value of £445m; Willmott Dixon, which won 19 green projects with a total project value of £278m; and Wates, which won 10 green projects with a total project value of £323m.

Most excellent/outstanding BREEAM rated projects by project value

RankCompany nameTotal Value of Projects
1Balfour Beatty £  562,249,500
2Laing O’Rourke £  444,715,000
3Carillion £  407,000,000
4Wates £  322,880,500
5Midas £  317,259,000
6Kier Group £  294,570,000
7Bouygues £  279,145,000
8Willmott Dixon £  277,941,000
9Mace £  238,360,500
10Ballymore Properties £  200,000,000


Most excellent/outstanding BREEAM rated projects

RankCompany nameTotal Number of projects
1Kier Group25
2Willmott Dixon19
3Morgan Sindall15
4Balfour Beatty12
6Galliford Try Construction South10
7BAM Construction10
9Laing O’Rourke8