McLaughlin & Harvey in at number three in UK Top 50 contractors' list

Construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey features at number three in the latest Barbour ABI Top 50 contractors' league
Gary McDonald Business Editor

BUILDING and civil engineering giant McLaughlin & Harvey, one of the north's oldest and largest construction groups, is among a number of local firms included in the UK-wide Barbour ABI Top 50 Contractors league table for August.

The Mallusk-based builder has been included as a new entry in the table at number three, having won contracts worth £125 million during the month.

Almost all of that was for an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the development of the York Potash company's port handling facility at Teesside.

McLaughlin & Harvey operates in various sectors including healthcare, education, industrial, retail, sporting venues, transport infrastructure, marine and rivers, energy, commercial, and leisure.

The latest edition of the Top 50 table from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights the number and value of construction contracts awarded during August.

It shows that the combined value of contracts awarded to the Top 50 was £2.2 billion and a total of 132 projects.

At number 13 on the list is Graham Construction in Hillsborough with three contracts worth a combined £52 million, while McAleer & Rushe features at number 43 with two contracts with £17 million.

Sat at the top of the 12-month rolling table is the Mace and Dragados joint venture to deliver the HS2 Euston Superstation, closely followed by another joint venture for the Sellafield SRP Process Facility which involves Morgan Sindall, Doosan Babcock Power Systems, Wood Group and KBR.

Tom Hall, chief economist at Barbour ABI said: “August was a quiet month for contract awards, no doubt due to the summer holidays and ongoing Brexit-related uncertainty.

“The top contractor for the year remains Mace and Dragados, thanks to the HS2 Euston Superstation contract awarded earlier in the year, worth £1.65 billion. However, this week, Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced that HS2 will be delayed by up to five years.

“This will put back the pipeline of HS2-related projects that are due to start, causing uncertainty for the companies that are hoping to support the construction of this unique project.”

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