The Construction sector is showing no prolonged Brexit effect

Published:  20 October, 2016

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

According to the October edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, the residential sector played a prominent role in stabilising construction figures across September. With the government pushing for more housing to be built and ambitious targets set, over £1.7bn of residential contracts were agreed to on the month, a year on year increase of 12%.

Another sector that performed well this past month was the hotel, leisure and sport industry, with construction contracts value worth over £500m, a massive 99% higher than a year ago. This was helped greatly by the commissioning of the Aberdeen exhibition and conference development worth £330m. The sector’s improved performance will be received favourably after a fairly stagnant year.

The most disappointing sector on the month was infrastructure, which was down by a substantial 44.5% on the month compared to September 2015. Additionally if it wasn’t for the £657m M4 smart motorway scheme in Berkshire, then this figure would be much lower.

Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “Overall, the construction sector has so far been robust enough to stave off the potential effects from the shock Brexit vote and has kept contract values at a healthy level, helped significantly by residential projects and the often wavering infrastructure sector.”

“A welcome boost for the industry would be an increase in contract values from other sectors outside of residential and infrastructure, such as commercial and retail, which had its poorest month in September since May 2015.”

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