Infrastructure construction halted in July

Published:  18 August, 2016

With the first full month of post-Brexit figures in the books it was the infrastructure sector that experienced a decline, with the value of contracts for July decreasing to £1.5bn, a drop of 20% compared to June based on a three month rolling average.

According to the August edition of the Economic and Construction Market Review from Barbour ABI, construction new orders were down to £5.8bn in July, a month on month drop of £400m. Along with infrastructure, the other prominent sector in construction was residential, which saw a decrease of seven percent in contract value and a drop of 2,000 units compared to the previous month.

However it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the industry, as the value of contracts for commercial office construction in July increased by 22% compared with June, worth a total of £648m on the month. £250m of that total came from the West Midlands development Paradise Circus, an eight storey office block.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “In the first full month since the vote to leave the European Union, the value of construction projects reaching contract award stage declined in July. This is unsurprising given the uncertainty in the economy. However, it is the infrastructure sector which has performed particularly poorly this month and with the change in narrative from the current government, it puts more emphasis on any fiscal stimulus that they may be planning to make.”

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