Construction Industry Update – August 2023

Construction output jumps after three-month decline

Following three consecutive months of declines, construction output increased 1.6% in June.

A 2% rise in new work led the recovery, with repair and maintenance showing a 1.1% increase.

The warm weather appears to have contributed to the increase in output across sectors, according to anecdotal evidence from monthly business returns.

There was an increase of 4.7% in infrastructure new work and 3.4% in non-housing repair and maintenance monthly.

Contract Awards to suppliers hit year-high in July

The value of contracts awarded to suppliers reached a year-high last month with £7.6bn of work in July according to industry expert Barbour ABI’s latest analysis.

A 184% increase in the industrial sector, which includes manufacturing, warehouses, and military projects, drove the uptick, along with a positive month for infrastructure.

Infrastructure contributed £2bn in contract awards, mainly from renewable power generation, and the commercial sector also had a good month with £1.1bn awarded in large office projects.

Housing associations to cut home building by 22%

A perfect storm of construction inflation, higher interest rates, fresh regulatory pressures, and the soaring costs of debt is causing housing associations to slash building programmes.

As increased build and finance costs bite, a third of housing associations in the UK are reporting a deficit of between 11-25% on individual development schemes.

According to a new in-depth study, registered housing providers are now reining-in affordable home programmes, which across the UK will be hacked back 22% in the short term.



June jump in construction output ends three month decline | Construction Enquirer News

Contract awards to suppliers hit year-high in July | Construction Enquirer News

Housing associations to cut home building by 22% | Construction Enquirer News

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