Civils workloads rose in the first three months of this year, according to research.
A balance of 39% of firms said they were busier in Q1 2014 than in the same period a year earlier, according to the Construction Trade Survey from materials firm the Construction Products Association.
A balance of 40% reported an increase in orders over the same period.
But nine in 10 firms warned that costs had risen for contractors in the sector over the past year.
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