Laing O'Rourke Claims Top Spot in Construction League with Everton Stadium Victory

Posted on 14 May 2021


Laing O'Rourke secures a remarkable victory in the league with their successful bid for the new Everton stadium project. Their outstanding performance in April propelled them to the top position in the new contracts league table, marking a significant achievement for the company. Since being named as the preferred bidder in February of the previous year, Laing O'Rourke has been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to construct Everton's new stadium. Finally, in March, after clearing the final planning hurdle, the project received the green light, allowing Laing O'Rourke to officially add the impressive £505 million contract to their ever-growing portfolio. Construction work commenced last month, signalling the beginning of an exciting journey for both Laing O'Rourke and Everton. The company's outstanding performance in April saw them secure a staggering total of £515.2 million worth of contracts, reclaiming the top spot in the league table for the first time since March 2017. This exceptional achievement highlights Laing O'Rourke's unwavering commitment to excellence and their ability to deliver high-profile projects with distinction.

It's important to recognise the fierce competition within the industry, as the top 50 contractors collectively secured an impressive £4.39 billion worth of projects in April. Although slightly lower than the previous month's total of £4.66 billion, this figure demonstrates the robust activity and demand within the construction sector. Royal Bam, a prominent player in the field, secured the second spot in the league table, showcasing their exceptional capabilities with £495.6 million worth of work across eight notable projects. Bam Nuttall, a subsidiary of Royal Bam, was awarded the largest contract, valued at a staggering £250 million, for the A38 widening project in Derby. This significant undertaking solidifies Royal Bam's position as a leader in the industry. Bam Construct, another division of the company, fortified its second-place standing in March by securing an £88 million contract for the construction of the St. Pancras Commercial Centre in Camden. These remarkable accomplishments by Royal Bam exemplify their expertise and their ability to secure prestigious projects of substantial magnitude.

Wates, an esteemed construction firm, claimed the third spot in the league table by securing five projects totalling £335.3 million. The company's impressive performance in April was highlighted by their delivery of the initial phase of the Grahame Park residential scheme, valued at £117 million, for Notting Hill Genesis in Barnet. Wates also secured an £88 million deal for phase one of the Canada Water Dock project, further solidifying their reputation as a reliable and skilled contractor. Vinci, supported by Taylor Woodrow's involvement in the £328 million A358 Taunton to Southfields scheme in the South West, secured fourth place in the league table. This remarkable achievement reflects Vinci's unwavering dedication to delivering complex and large-scale infrastructure projects. Winvic, known for its specialisation in industrial buildings, maintained their position among the top five contractors with contracts amounting to an impressive £297.6 million across four projects. Among these, the Basingstoke Gateway warehouse scheme stands out as a significant accomplishment, as it encompasses the construction of an Amazon distribution hub and has been valued at an impressive £248 million by Glenigan.

April witnessed several noteworthy achievements within the industry, and one that stands out is Skanska UK's triumph in securing the ninth spot in the league table. The company was awarded the prestigious £135 million contract for the refurbishment of the South Colonnade building in Canary Wharf. This project represents Skanska UK's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional quality and its ability to secure high-value contracts.

In the rolling 12-month league table, Royal Bam claimed the top position, having amassed an impressive £1.93 billion worth of contracts over the past year. This outstanding performance showcases their sustained success and their ability to secure significant projects consistently. Morgan Sindall, who held the top spot in the previous month, dropped to second place, despite an increase in their rolling total from £1.67 billion to £1.87 billion. The dynamic nature of the league table underscores the fierce competition and the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry. Kier, another prominent player in the field, fell one place to third, with their total rising from £1.54 billion to £1.64 billion. Winvic's recent wins have propelled them into the top five for the first time, having secured an impressive £1.27 billion worth of new work over the past year. These results, reported by Glenigan, highlight the diverse range of successful contractors in the industry and their ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving market.

April showcased the exceptional achievements and dynamic nature of the construction industry. Laing O'Rourke's victory in securing the Everton stadium project catapulted them to the top of the league table, highlighting their prowess and expertise in delivering complex and high-profile projects. The accomplishments of other notable contractors such as Royal Bam, Wates, Vinci, Winvic, and Skanska UK further demonstrate the remarkable talent and capabilities within the construction sector. As the industry continues to evolve, these companies strive to meet the growing demands and challenges while consistently delivering excellence in their respective projects.

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