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Civils starts up by a third

The value of new civils projects soared by more than a third in a year, research has shown.

A report by business intelligence unit Glenigan showed that the total worth of civil engineering projects starting on site increased 38% in the 12 months to May 2014.

The data excludes schemes worth less than £250,000.

The overall Glenigan Index, across all sectors of construction, rose by 20% in the year to May 2014.

This marked the 12th consecutive month of year-on-year increases in project starts.

Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan, said: “As we head towards the mid-point of 2014, the prospects are improving for construction volumes across the whole of the UK.

“A renewed strengthening of non-residential work is the most significant driver of the high 20% increase recorded in our latest Index, though the underlying value of project starts also increased across the housing and infrastructure sectors.”

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