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Infrastructure output boost

Civils workloads rose in the final quarter of 2014, official figures revealed this morning.

The Office for National Statistics said a seasonally adjusted £3.4bn of infrastructure work was carried out in the last three months of last year, using 2011 prices.

This was up from £3.3bn in the previous quarter, and was almost exactly equal with the amount done in the final quarter of 2013.

It came as overall construction output fell 2.1% from the previous quarter – albeit growing 4.8% from the same period a year earlier.

The latest infrastructure figures will come as a relief after two sets of data showed the civils industry suffered a work chill in December.

Chris Temple, engineering and construction leader at accountants PwC, said: “The construction sector continues to show healthy year-on-year growth and our clients are optimistic about the year ahead, with most expecting growth in 2015 in excess of 3%.”

But he warned: “There is a lack of immediate starts of large infrastructure projects. Any clarity that the government can provide in the Budget and after the general election as to what projects will commence, and when, will be welcomed by construction firms.” 

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