Aug 10, 2013

Top 10 UK Construction Companies

Balfour Beatty
Stanley Jackson
3 min
Balfour Beatty tops our list of UK contractors
10. Skanska UK Well-known European construction brand Skanska has made its name of late in the green construction and eco-fr...

10. Skanska UK

Well-known European construction brand Skanska has made its name of late in the green construction and eco-friendly arenas. With more LEED rated buildings than you can shake a stick at, watch out for the Swedish-based company to hit more headlines in the coming years.

9. Mitie

This FTSE 250-rated company has grown its profits year-on-year for the past 25. A sustainable stalwart in British construction, Mitie continues to work on public and private projects up and down the Isles’.

8. ISG

ISG is an international construction services company delivering fit out, construction and a range of specialist services. Most recently it’s worked on the hugely successful Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics and the stunning Marina Bay in Singapore.

7. Galliford Try

Maintaining a strong presence in the housing and residential redevelopment sectors, Galibrad is one of Britain’s longest serving contractors. The phenomenal St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London King’s Cross is one of the company’s key contracts.

6. Kier

A name synonymous with residential properties of all shapes and sizes, Kier is a socially responsible and highly active contractor. Originally founded by Danish civil-engineer Olaf Kier in 1928, the company has been operating in Britain ever since.

5. Morgan Sindall

One of the most instantly recognisable construction names to those within the industry and outside it, Morgan Sindall has completed a swathe of iconic projects in the Midlands and North of England in recent years, with work continuing in London and elsewhere.

4. Interserve

Interserve is one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies. Based in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index with gross revenue of £2.3 billion and a workforce of over 50,000 people worldwide, the company is well positioned to maintain its excellent market position in the coming years.

3. Laing O’ Rourke

Laing O’Rourke is an international engineering enterprise, founded on 164 years of experience. With businesses in Australia, the Far East and elsewhere, Laing is a British company with a global feel, registering £23 million in pre-tax profit last year.

2. Carillion

Having recently been awarded cutting-edge rail contracts worth in excess of £100 million, Carillion is at the pivotal point of the British construction narrative. With tenders dating back as far as 1830, Carillion has only existed in its current guise since 1999, but looks set to do so for some years to come.

1. Balfour Beatty

Registering a whopping £236 million in pre-tax profits in the last financial year, Balfour Beatty is the undisputed big daddy of British construction, and the only Anglo-constructor who can claim to rival Euro-big-boys BAM and Vinci.

Founded by George Balfour in 1872 after he had completed a five-year apprenticeship  at the Blackness Foundry in Dundee, Balfour Beatty stays true to its roots in the 21st century, offering young Brits every opportunity to join, thrive, and grow in the construction business.

A key fixture in the Crossrail project, as well as numerous private and projects across the length and breadth of the British Isles, Balfour will surely be heavily involved in the upcoming infrastructure push in the country over the coming years.


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Oct 10, 2019

UK Construction Week: winners revealed

Daniel Brightmore
2 min
UK Construction Week winners announced
The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovatio...

The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence for a range of large and small contractors architects, clients and suppliers. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke and main media partner Construction Buzz.

The Winners

Contractor of 2019 - Sir Robert McAlpine

Construction Client of 2019 - Scape Group

Architectural Practice of 2019 - Grimshaw Architects

House Builder of 2019 - Swan Housing

Construction Supplier of 2019 - Ward

Construction Project of 2019 - Royal Opera House

Construction Employer of 2019 - Aylaa Exclusive

Digital Pioneer 2019 - Atkins

Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 - Mace

Production Innovation Award 2019 - Laing O'Rourke

Sir Robert McAlpine is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has stated: "Our 150th anniversary celebrations have been hard to miss on a number of sites across the country thanks to the presence of specially produced panels incorporated within our hoardings. This milestone year provided the opportunity to honour the vision and hard work of all those who have played their part in our long and successful history.


Mace surpasses record revenue of £2bn

Bouygues UK installing UK’s first Oculus staircase at Cardiff’s Innovation Campus

Grimshaw Architects release design plans for $1.4bn Newark airport expansion

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Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, commented:

“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades. 

“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.

“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”

UK Construction Week (UKCW) consists of multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and Timber along with the newly launched Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live. Next year's event takes place at Birmingham's NEC October 6-8.

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