New figures released by the Office of National Statistics

Andy Mallice, Managing Director of Hart Builders

UK construction output has risen by 2.1% according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The rise in new work was mainly driven by private new housing, which increased by 4.9% and infrastructure, which increased by 6.5%  Construction output recorded an all-time level high in November 2018, resulting in the total value of construction output exceeding £14 billion for the first time since monthly records began in 2010.

Commenting on the results, Andy Mallice, Managing Director of Hart Builders, part of the Cruden Group said:

“It’s encouraging to see a rise in output activity in the sector.  Certainly at Cruden we are seeing continued confidence in the housing market and have already secured a strong order book for 2019.

“Undoubtedly the impact that Brexit could have on the construction industry will be at the forefront of thoughts across the industry this year, so it’s encouraging news that the Scottish Government have set up a Holyrood committee specifically to examine the impact of Brexit on Scottish construction, together with considering how we can encourage young people to work in the industry.  

“Construction lies at the heart of the Scottish economy and key to its sustained growth will be investment in future talent.  Within the Cruden Group, we continue to play our part through our continuous programme of investment in our employees’ lifelong learning and training, coupled with and our successful modern apprenticeship programme. This ensures that we have a solid pipeline of skilled employees to help us face any challenges and be well placed to take advantage of opportunities in the future.” 

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