Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output in July 2013 increased by 2.2 per cent compared with the previous month.
Whether comparing figures month on month or year on year – when there was a 0.8 per cent increase – the construction industry as a whole appears to be moving into a period of growth.
Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said:
“The growth figures are encouraging. However, what is more important is the increase in new orders. This increase tells us that the rise in construction work will continue. This will not only benefit the construction industry, but other parts of the economy which benefit from investment and activity in construction.”
In contrast to the growth in new work was the 3.6 per cent year on year decline in repair and maintenance work in July. This is an area where the Green Deal programme of energy efficient home improvement should be making its mark.
Julia Evans continued:
“Everyone wants a warmer home and lower energy bills, but the Green Deal is yet to grip the public’s imagination or the industry’s interest to the degree required. There is still a huge public education task ahead if the Green Deal is to work.”