The UK construction industry continued its recovery for the year, with an increase in output recorded for the three months to July.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), activity in the sector increased between May and July 2018 by 3.3%.
Following a start to the year where the three-month on three-month was relatively weak, the positive upturn that started in the three months to June has continued.
For last month, a 0.9% rise was recorded, and now, the UK construction industry has bounced back further.
The poor weather conditions undoubtedly affected construction activity at the start of the year, and now with the summer weather its hottest on record in England, the UK construction industry has been able to catch up on its projects.
According to ONS data, the three-monthly series was driven by both repair and maintenance, as well as all new work, which increased by 5.3% and 2.3% respectively.
It is positive news because the three-month on three-month series is seen as a much more comprehensive view of the underlying trends within the construction sector.
In terms of actual value, output in the sector increased by £1.34 billion in the three months to July, with infrastructure contributing the largest boost – up by £414 million.
Elsewhere, non housing repair and maintenance, total housing repair and maintenance, private commercial, private industrial, private housing and public housing all provided varying boosts to the wider sector.
The month-on-month series in construction output grew for a fourth successive month in July; the rise of 0.5% means that output is at a record monthly level, surpassing the previous high seen in the month before.
Construction output is, as a result of July’s growth, 30.9% above the lowest point of activity recorded in the last five years, which was seen in July 2013.
The monthly increase was driven by a 4% rise in new private housing work, as the UK’s construction sector continued to display its resilience.