Balfour Beatty underlined some of the pressure faced by the construction sector today after its biggest division unveiled a smaller order book and lower profits.
The construction services division, which has worked on high-profile projects including the Olympics Aquatics Centre and Crossrail in London, saw a 9% decline in its order book to £8.3m in the first half of the year as the wider marketplace continued to shrink.
The 103-year-old group said it is awaiting the result of £300m worth of schemes in the energy and waste sectors in the UK, while it hopes for continued success in student accommodation contracts.
The construction sector, according to official figures, had a dismal first half, dragging the economy into the longest double-dip recession since the 1950s.
The wider group revealed a 12% rise in underlying pre-tax profits to £154m in six months to June 29.