Construction output in the second quarter of the year show a sharp increase of nearly 9% over the first quarter, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
But the Construction Products Association has warned that the industry is still in “a very precarious position” and the figures do not indicate a dramatic recovery in the industry’s fortunes.
Chief executive Michael Ankers said: “Today’s figures show the strongest quarterly increase in output in nearly 50 years, but they flatter to deceive. Construction was particularly badly hit by the poor weather in the early part of the year and so the second quarter was always going to see a sharp pick up. In addition, a number of public sector projects were started in the run up to the Election and this undoubtedly helped boost output in the spring.
“Looking further ahead we are concerned about the prospects for continued output growth in the rest of the year and beyond. With cuts in public spending on projects like the Building Schools for the Future already announced and further cuts inevitable after the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October, the future remains very uncertain.”