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Construction demand increases despite record low for infrastructure

New construction contracts awarded in March reached £5.3bn up 8.7% on last month, according to figures from market analyst Barbour ABI.

Despite the increase, Barbour has said that infrastructure contracts were at their lowest point in March since the company began tracking the figures in its Economic and Construction Market Review.

The review shows that infrastructure contract value was down 26% on February and at its lowest level since 2010.

According to Barbour, the residential housing market continues to dominate the construction market with contracts in this sector awarded in March valued at £2.4bn.

Barbour ABI lead economist Michael Dall said: “The continuous decline of infrastructure construction contracts and in particular big ticket infrastructure projects will not help to repair the sliding confidence across the industry. The figures for infrastructure are masking better growth across the other sectors of the industry, in particular the encouraging figures coming from medical and health construction and the strong growth from residential construction.”


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