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More good news for UK construction

The latest NHBC figures show a 7% increase in the numbers of houses registered in Q1 this year, compared to the same period in 2013, with further growth expected.

A total of 33,816 news were registered during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 31,739 in Q1 2013, says the report.

London has previously been seen to lead the growth, but there is also encouraging signs from other English cities, with Birmingham and Manchester leading the way, recording 3,406 and 2,625 new homes respectively.

With Bristol in third place with more than 1,500 new registrations, the North of England fared particularly well as Newcastle and Liverpool followed with numbers just short of this level and Sheffield recorded more than 1,100 new homes.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said the figures showed sustained growth and consolidation in UK house building, proving that confidence had returned to the industry.

“However, we have been clear that this growth is from a historically low base. The UK still has a chronic shortage of new homes so we must not get complacent in our continued attempts to meet the growing housing needs of the population,” he said.