TRAFALGAR House, which is 25.3 per cent controlled by Hongkong Land, is Britain's foremost contractor, according to an influential survey of Britain's 100 leading construction firms. The report, in the latest issue of the leading building weekly Construction News, puts Trafalgar House in pole position with a turnover of GBP3.53 billion (about HK$41.98 billion). This is despite last year's GBP239 million loss. The newspaper survey said the firm, which has extensive interests in Hong Kong and China through its Gammon, Davy International and John Brown subsidiaries, had a market capitalisation of GBP890 million. Construction News said chairman Simon Keswick was one of the highest paid among Britain's construction bosses, with an annual salary of GBP353,000. The firm employs 35,949 people. The survey includes several other British contractors doing work in Hong Kong. Amec, which is working on the airport and North Lantau Expressway, was ranked second with a turnover of GBP2.18 billion and pre-tax profits of GBP21 million. Balfour Beatty, which recently won a $500 million contract to widen the Tuen Mun highway, is in fourth place with a turnover of GBP1.64 billion. Tarmac, Mowlem, Taylor Woodrow and Costain are also among the top 10.