Construction industry output increases

15 November 2010

The UK's construction industry saw output rise by four per cent in terms of total volume during the third quarter of this year, official figures show.

During the three months to September 2010, new work increased by 4.8 per cent, while repair and maintenance was up by 2.4 per cent compared with the second quarter.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also reveal year-on-year total output was 8.6 per cent, all new work was 20.5 per cent higher than the same period of 2009 and repair and maintenance dipped by 9.6 per cent.

A three per cent increase was witnessed in the third quarter in the volume of new private housing work compared with the previous three months, while new infrastructure output fell by one per cent.

Rises were also recorded in new public non-housing activity, excluding infrastructure, and in new private non-housing, which rose quarter-on-quarter by 15 per cent by volume.

However, the pace of growth in the construction industry slowed between the second and third quarters of 2010.

In related news, Paul Cowton of McBains Cooper recently warned many professionals in the UK building sector do not have sufficient understanding of the Eurocodes standards.

Confused about Eurocodes? Visit BSI’s Eurocodes website for clarity

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