Three Quarters of Sites Now Reopened

IN AN UPDATE released on Wednesday 6 May, Build UK reported that 73% of its contractor member sites are open in England and Wales, up from 69% last week.

It says that over 80% of infrastructure and construction projects are running, with just over half of housing sites (55%) now open for business, compared to 46% last week.

Productivity on infrastructure and construction sites is averaging 71%, up from 67% last week.

Construction sites in London remain a challenge, although output has improved from 56% to 63% in the last week.

Project restarts worth £82bn

Meanwhile, Barbour ABI (which collects construction output data for the ONS) reports over 2,200 opened and restarted projects worth £82bn (£59bn excluding Hinkley Point). This is an increase of nearly 700 projects with a value of £18.4bn. Of this, the value of confirmed open and restarted projects have both increased by around £9bn from last week.

Delayed projects have now started to decrease significantly. The number of delayed projects fell from 4,900 to 4,600 and their value decreased from £67bn to £62bn.

Most increases have occurred in the Residential sector, with projects with a value of £4.6bn restarting across the country.

Barbour has also recorded £3.0bn of infrastructure projects restarting in Scotland. Elsewhere, £850m of projects have restarted in London in the Commercial, Education and Hotel & Leisure sectors.

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