Major contractor tops league with ‘most sustainable’ office job

Mace has taken the top spot in the October league table, thanks largely to a £450m job to build a 28-storey office block in London.

The contractors position was secured by the 260,000 square foot project, which pushed it nearly £100m ahead of its nearest rival, according to data gathered by construction intelligence provider Glenigan.

Mace said the project (pictured) will be London’s most sustainable office block once completed in the first quarter of 2026. The sustainability claims are based on a plan to target regulated energy consumption of less than 23kWh/m2, as part of a bid to reach BREAAM Outstanding sustainability status.

The deal is now valued at £450m, according to Glenigan – a downward revision from the £500m figure it put on the job when it was first announced.

The office project was one of two secured by Mace in October, taking its contract-wins total to £513m. The other was a £126m emergency-care centre in Plymouth, which was awarded to a partnership between Mace and Willmott Dixon, as part of a multibillion-pound healthcare framework.

Glenigan split the contract value of the 17,000-square metre site, which will include radiology and surgical theatres, equally between the two partners.

October was just the second time Mace had secured the top spot this year, having done so in January.

Top 10 contractors, October 2022
Contractor No Total (£m)
Mace 2 513
BeMo Tunnelling 1 416.7
FCC 1 416.7
We Build 1 416.7
JRL 2 333
Domis 2 304.2
ISG 9 270.5
Graham 4 220.2
Kier 13 150.5
Skanska UK 1 140
League tables are subject to revision

A job to deliver the £1.25bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel put three co-contractors into second, third and fourth places on the October table.

The contract was awarded to a joint venture of Austrian tunnelling contractor BeMo Tunnelling, Italian contractor WeBuild and Spain-based FCC Construcción, and will see the development of a 12.8km two-lane dual carriageway and a 3.2km tunnel to remove traffic running through the Unesco World Heritage Site. The joint venture was originally named as the preferred bidder in May.

The contract was split by Glenigan equally three ways, with each awarded £416.7m. The job, however, is contingent on a decision to award planning permission.

Salford-based contractor Domis Construction equalled its best-ever performance in the league, moving into sixth place, mainly due to a £300m job to build a 60-storey apartment block.

The contractor had originally been appointed to deliver an office block on the Manchester site, known as phase two of the Viadux project, but is now going to deliver the apartment block instead.

Domis’s other sixth-place performance came in June this year.

ISG also had a good month, taking seventh place after four months outside of the top 10. Of the nine contracts it scooped over the course of October, a £97m job to build a warehouse at Avonmouth on the M49 was the biggest, according to Glenigan.

The scheme includes the development of two separate units of 406,000 square feet and 882,000 square feet, with both aiming to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

Graham also bounced back into the top 10, appearing for the first time since May. It was partly powered to its eighth-placed finish by a £185m job to build a student-accommodation block in Exeter. Up to 1,700 students will be housed at the finished development, for which construction work is expected to start next summer.

In the annual league table, it was more of the same, with Kier extending its stay at the top, making it three months on the bounce. In total, Kier scooped 203 contracts in the past year, worth a combined value of £2.94bn.

Top 10 contractors, year to October 2022
Rank Contractor No Total (£m)
1 Kier 203 2,937.4
2 Morgan Sindall 351 2,055
3 ISG 82 1,796.4
4 Mace 19 1,596
5 Winvic 44 1,497.2
6 Wates 49 1,376.8
7 Laing O’Rourke 11 1,242.5
8 Willmott Dixon 133 1,202.3
9 Lendlease 5 1,199
10 Skanska UK 9 1,072.7
League tables are subject to revision

Winvic, meanwhile, moved up three places to fifth, while Willmott Dixon took eighth spot – two higher than the 10th position achieved in September.

Skanska was the only contractor to make it into the league that missed out last month, rising to 10th.

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