Last month’s rebound in the construction sector was propelled by a sharp increase in housebuilding.
Overall, industry activity rose at the quickest pace in close to a year and a half.
The survey results suggested that the sector was displaying a strong recovery from a relatively slow start at the beginning of 2017. Economists said that the sobering influence of the EU referendum appeared to be receding.
The purchasing managers’ construction index, one of the leading indicators of industry well being, reported business activity jumping to 56, which suggests the strongest growth since December 2015.
A sharp and sustained increase in housebuilding development drove the advance, which represented a bounce back from last March’s seven-month low. Developers attributed the rise in housebuilding to both strong underlying conditions and a strengthened pipeline of new development projects.
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply director Duncan Brock said that after years of slow housebuilding activity, the construction sector snapped back to life last month.
He stated that construction industry growth has reached its greatest height in 17 months as Brexit uncertainty appears to be receding. The unexpected recovery has manifested itself most acutely in residential housing, as builders finally feel ready to meet the demand for new homes.