The latest ONS data is suggesting that construction output continues to recover, thanks to private housing gains that offset a reduction in other types of work.
Construction output continues to improve after a weak start at the beginning of the year. It increased by 2.1% in the third quarter, after a decrease of 1.6% in the first quarter and an increase of 0.8% in the second quarter.
The three-month on year growth of 9.6% and 6.2% in new private housing work and nonhousing maintenance and repair for September 2018 surpassed the 11.3% and 5.3% reductions in new public and private commercial work respectively.
The third quarter of 2018 was driven by a 2.8% increase in all new work and a 1.0% increase in maintenance and repair.
Between August and September 2018, construction output increased by 1.7%, drive by a 2.8% rise in all new work. Thus was partly offset by a 0.3% decrease in maintenance and repair.