Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments on today’s ONS Output in the Construction Industry statistics:
“Today’s data shows the construction sector is continuing to face difficulties. Anecdotal evidence is pointing towards a dip in productivity and output as a result of the adverse weather conditions experienced in the early months of the year, with a number of construction sites and manufacturers unable to operate during this period.
“The contraction in both total new work and repair and maintenance is troubling. The upgrades required to our vital infrastructure and services should also not be underestimated. Inadequate roads, rail, energy, schools, hospitals and housing significantly hampers the country’s productivity. With only 12 months remaining in our Brexit negotiations, it is vital that the UK’s assets and infrastructure are fit for purpose, attract inward investment and create a strong independent economy.
“New work also fell in February to £8,211 million, largely due to a decrease in private commercial new work and public new work. It is important that this decline is reversed, especially for the public sector where demand for services is only going to increase. One key example is the requirement for secondary school places which will reach 435,646 by 2020/21. The government needs to work collaboratively with the public and private sectors to support funding for both new projects and upgrades.”
- Construction output continued its recent decline in the three-month on three-month series, falling by 0.8% in February 2018.
- Total all work decreased to £12,658 million in February 2018. This fall stems from a decrease in all new work, which decreased to £8,211 million. Elsewhere, total repair and maintenance also fell, decreasing to £4,447 million.