First up was better news for Carillion, which was rocked last month by a profit warning and a two-month delay to its Nottingham tram scheme, which will cost £10m. Chief executive John McDonough reacted swiftly to the setback with a management restructuring.
The firm was further boosted by a coup in the health sector last week, when it become preferred bidder for a £1bn hospital in Portsmouth (as reported above). The contractor's shares ended the week up 3p to 154p.
There was also a better showing from some of the big housebuilders. Up-market Berkeley reached a year-high last week – up 13p to 817p.
On the support services side, outsourcing group Capita were up 4.5p to 239.5p after posting impressive half-year results.
The group's pre-tax profit jumped more than 25% to £51.1m for the six months to 30 June. Turnover grew 36% to £532m. Last month the consultancy arm of Capita predicted that it would double turnover in the next two years.