LIST: The top performing companies in construction


Morgan Sindall has been ranked the construction industry’s ‘top performing company’ of last year after winning £2.2 billion-worth of work.  

Morgan Sindall edged out Kier Group after landing 273 individual contracts between January and December in 2023, more than any other contractor, according to Glenigan. 

The company’s biggest regional presence was in London, where its orders totalled £761 million. This included an £88.5 million railway depot scheme at Beckton and a £67.6 million block in Tower Hamlets for The Guinness Partnership. 

Morgan Sindall also ranked first in three of Britain’s 11 economic regions, more than any other contractor. 

In the East of England, the group had an order book of £353 million.  

It was also top in the North West with an annual order book of £295 million. 

In Wales, the company amassed £108 million-worth of work last year. 

Kier Group  

After finishing top in 2022 Kier came in second place last year, adding £2.1 billion-worth of work to its order book. 

Contracts included the £161 million Oxfordshire Connect rail scheme and an £86 million programme connected to three prisons for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). 

Kier’s biggest regional exposure was in the South East, where the group’s order book totalled £860 million.  


Bouygues’ order book last year totalled £1.9 billion and was boosted by the £1.3 billion Lower Thames Crossing scheme, which guaranteed it third place in Glenigan’s ranking. 

Wates Group 

Wates came in fourth – up one place from the end of 2022 – after increasing its order book by 20 per cent to just under £1.7 billion. 

Wates biggest regional workload was in London, where £472 million-worth of work, including a £100 million housing job at Wembley, ranked the group in sixth place. 

The company’s highest regional position was in the East Midlands, where it was top with a £302 million order book including a £300 million new prison at Market Harborough in Leicestershire. 

Was this interesting? Try Van Elle profits down in first six months     

If you have a tip or story idea that fits with our publication, please contact the news editor rory@wavenews.co.uk 

Get industry news in 5 minutes!

A daily email that makes industry news enjoyable. It’s completely free.