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Report finds increase in construction activity

Figures released by industry analyst Glenigan show that new contracts have started on site in Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and North West, as well as London, with November up 6% compared to this time last year.

Starts on site now exceed last year’s figure for the first time since March this year, according to the Glenigan Index for November.

This includes a notable rise in all the areas mentioned above and results from growth in housing, civil engineering and non-residential building sectors.

Housing shows the most activity, 9% up on last year, along with a 19% rise in social housing starts and the sector’s best result since early 2014, while non-residential starts on site grew by 4%.

Further growth has been seen in the industrial, office, retail and hotel and leisure sectors, although a decline was registered by both education and new health projects.

Economics director Allan Wilén said: “The last three months have seen the commercial and industrial sectors finally shaking off the worries of earlier this year.”