Growth in new work boosts second quarter output


Construction output ticked up 0.2% in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest ONS data.

The quarter-on-quarter rise represents an upward revision, after the ONS estmated last month that output for the quarter would be unchanged.

The 0.2% rise compares to 4.1% quarter-on-quarter growth in the first quarter of this year.

Upward pressure on the quarter came from all new work which increased by 1.0%, with private new housing, infrastructure and public other new work increasing by 3.9%, 0.5% and 1.2% respectively.

All repair and maintenance decreased by 1.2%. Public housing repair and maintenance and non-housing repair and maintenance reported falls of 0.4% and 3.9% respectively.

Output in the construction industry was estimated to have increased by 0.9% in June 2015 compared with May 2015. On the year, output in the construction industry increased by 2.6% in June 2015 compared with June 2014.

Reacting to the data, CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “Today’s figures confirm a steady increase in infrastructure output.

“It is vital that Government continues to support existing investment commitments and seriously examines the case for the next generation of infrastructure investments. In the last Parliament we saw that the bold decisions to invest in transport projects had stimulated economic  growth across the country.

“This now builds a strong case for commitment to deliver Crossrail 2, HS3 and a wave of smaller local projects supported by extended Growth Deals. We hope that the Chancellor will use the Spending Review to support such investment.”