The latest industry figures from Glenigan show that the value of new civil engineering work starting on site fell in the three months to the end of January.
In the construction sector overall, starts fell 20% in the three months to January. The slow starts were compounded by heavy rain and waterlogged sites. The decline was across most of the UK, except for Northern England and the Midlands. The figures showed the construction sector is having its worst winter since 2013, with office construction the only area improving.
Glenigan’s economics director Allan Wilén said: “The atrocious weather has clearly halted project starts. This has exacerbated an already evident softening in workloads, with new construction activity now in the worst period of decline since crashing in 2009.”
He added: “The official output figures show R&M spending by both government and private institutions was already slowing in the second half of last year.
“Glenigan’s data on project starts suggests that new build activity will also be constrained in the coming months.”