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Construction economists predict at least four more years of solid growth

24 Aug 2015: Latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association confirm remarkable confidence in the industry’s prospects over the next few years, despite a downgrade in this year’s expected growth. more »

Infrastructure starts overtake house-building

21 Aug 2015: Civil engineering looks ready to overtake house-building as the busiest sector of the UK construction industry. more »

Output edges up in second quarter

17 Aug 2015: Construction industry output increased by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of the year, after a 0.9% monthly rise in June. more »

Tender prices to rise by up to 6% a year

11 Aug 2015: Latest forecasts from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) predict that by 2020 tender prices will be 33% higher than their pre-recession peak. more »

Trades survey confirms continuing growth but recruitment fears linger

10 Aug 2015: A pan-industry survey out today indicates that the construction industry may be starting to adjust to its skills shortages and capacity constraints. more »

Skills gap shows no signs of easing

7 Aug 2015: Employees in engineering and construction are the most sought after across the entire UK economy. more »

Brick production up 7%

6 Aug 2015: UK brick producers have stepped up their output by 7% in the first half of the year in response to market demand. more »

Construction growth slows as constraints start to bite

4 Aug 2015: The latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers suggests that rising costs, planning bureaucracy and subcontractor shortages are starting to have an impact on construction’s recent rampant growth. more »

Materials sales soften but confidence remains undimmed

3 Aug 2015: Sales of aggregates and ready mixed concrete softened slightly in the second quarter of the year but are still firmly ahead of last year’s levels. more »

House-building up 12% in second quarter

31 Jul 2015: There was an 11.6% increase in new homes registered with the National House-Building Council (NHBC) in the second quarter of 2015. more »

RICS survey shows materials shortages are starting to ease

30 Jul 2015: Quantity surveyors believe the shortages of building materials blighting the construction industry is beginning to ease off. more »

Mace maintains forecasts for tender price rises

29 Jul 2015: Some new-found stability in the UK construction industry has left the tender price forecasts of Mace Cost Consultancy unchanged. more »

Home planning permissions top 200,000

28 Jul 2015: Planning permissions for 52,167 homes were granted in England during the first quarter of this year, a 19% increase on the 43,926 permissions in the corresponding quarter last year. more »

FMB survey highlights skills gap fears

28 Jul 2015: SME building firms are continuing to see rising workloads but problems with skills shortages and recruitment are just getting worse. more »

Big sheds booming, report says

17 Jul 2015: There is a boom going on in big shed developments, according to a new market study. more »

Pay rises 5.7% in past year but job creation slows

16 Jul 2015: Construction’s rate of job creation slowed down in the year to ending March 2015, with the UK workforce rising a modest 1.3%. more »

Civils tender prices to rise 26% by 2020

16 Jul 2015: New data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) show that civil engineering costs have fallen but are forecasted to rise by 20% over the next five years. more »

Supermarkets not building two-thirds of planned new stores

16 Jul 2015: Only 32 per cent of projects submitted for planning permission from the big four supermarkets across the UK since 2010 have been built. more »

Demand for building products keeps on climbing

13 Jul 2015: The Construction Products Association’s state of trade survey for the second quarter of 2015 indicates that sales of construction product manufacturers have now risen for nine consecutive quarters. more »

ONS: Construction output fell 1.3% in May

10 Jul 2015: Despite all other evidence to the contrary, government statisticians assert that construction output shrank in May 2015. more »

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