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Civils work boom so far this year

The value of civil engineering projects is up more than a quarter in the first eight months of this year, according to research.

A study by economics unit Glenigan, which excluded very small and very large schemes, showed that 28% more civils work was awarded between 1 January and 31 August 2014 than in the same period last year.

The overall Glenigan Index showed that the value of all construction projects starting on site was 2% higher in the three months to 31 August 2014 than in that same spell a year earlier.

But compared with recent figures, this marked a substantial dip in the sector’s recovery.

Glenigan economics director Allan Wilén said: “The current slowdown in project starts over the summer is expected to prove short lived, with increased private sector work expected to lift starts after the summer lull.”

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