Britain's Most Admired Companies 2011: Heavy construction sector

Heavy construction is a global business these days - these firms dig holes, pour concrete, lay rails and weld steel frames together everywhere from Bangor to Bombay, Sheffield to Shanghai.

by MT Staff

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Higher-margin deals and emerging markets growth have helped Balfour Beatty top its sector for a remarkable sixth year running. In October it won a £724m rail contract in Hong Kong, and it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tata in India. Carillion boss John McDonagh is set to step down next year – he crowned his decade in charge with the acquisition of insulation firm Eaga in February for £306m, one of Carillion’s biggest ever deals. Profits up 25% this year to £2.2bn is good news for Kier, which is planning a move into outsourced council provisions to escape the moribund UK building market. The firm which laid the foundations for the 2012 Olympic stadium – Keller – is down one to fifth.

BMAC 2011 by sector: Heavy construction

  QMan Rank FS Rank QG&S Rank AAT Rank
Balfour Beatty 8.0 1 8.2 1 7.2 1 7.8 1
Boot (Henry) 5.5 9 5.7 6 6.0 8 5.1 10
Carillion 6.6 3 7.1 2 6.8 2 5.8 4
Costain Group 6.3 4 5.8 4 6.7 4 5.7 5
Galliford Try 6.2 5 5.8 5 6.1 7 5.2 9
Keller Group 6.1 6 5.5 9 6.4 6 5.8 3
Kier Group 7.2 2 7.0 3 6.7 3 6.3 2
Laing O’Rourke 5.8 7 5.1 10 5.8 9 5.4 7
Morgan Sindall 5.4 10 5.5 8 5.5 10 5.3 8
Sir Robert McAlpine 5.8 7 5.6 7 6.4 5 5.5 6

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