• CPA: Falls in Construction Output Point to Poor Q1

    The latest figures from ONS published today show that construction output fell sharply in January, with falls across almost every sector of the £100 billion industry. Overall, construction output in January was 6.3 per cent lower than in December and 7.9 per cent lower than it was one year ago.

  • CPA: Chancellor Should Use Construction to Drive Growth

    The Construction Products Association has called on the Chancellor to recognise the potential construction and product manufacturing has to drive short-term growth and enable long-term prosperity for the UK. It is vital government spend the £4.69 billion capital investment boost announced in the 2011 Autumn Statement and the additional £5.5 billion announced in December. Together these investments would provide at least an additional 0.8% growth in GDP if delivered.

  • CPA: Recovery in Q4 Masks Longer-term Trend

    The latest Construction Trade Survey published today, shows that the majority of the construction industry endured a difficult final quarter of 2012, due to declining output and orders on the demand side, combined with rising costs on the supply side.

  • CPA: Economy Contracts Despite Some Construction Growth

    Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, show that the UK economy has fallen by 0.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2012 compared to the previous quarter and was flat compared to the same quarter a year ago. The main contributors to this fall were the manufacturing and mining and quarrying sectors, which fell 1.5 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively. Construction overall fared slightly better, growing by 0.3 per cent quarter on quarter, however compared to the same period a year ago construction was 11 per cent down.

  • Construction Growth Expected from 2014 Following Difficult Year Ahead

    Construction output is forecast to fall by more than 2% this year, according to the latest forecasts published today by the Construction Products Association. These figures come on top of the sharp decline experienced in 2012, when the industry contracted by nearly 9% and indicate that recovery in the sector is still twelve months away.

  • CPA: Construction New Orders Indicate Continuing Industry Contraction

    Figures of construction new orders for the third quarter of 2012, which have been released today by ONS, are 7 per cent lower than the same quarter of 2011and 5 per cent lower over the first three quarters of this year, when compared to the same period last year.

  • CPA: Construction Remains Key to Growth Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

    Construction activity remains a key plank in the government’s growth strategy according to the Chancellor, who outlined several initiatives in his Autumn Statement, which he hopes will help stimulate the recovery the economy desperately needs.

  • CPA: Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Must Deliver Growth in Construction

    Ahead of the Autumn Statement this week, the Construction Products Association is urging the Chancellor to shift from current to capital spending in order to inject funding into repair, maintenance and infrastructure, as outlined in the Association’s submission to Treasury last month.

  • CPA: Construction Products Innovation and Achievement Highlights Outstanding Qualities

    The Construction Products Association has launched its latest showcase publication Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA), which highlights some of the most innovative products and processes that have been developed by the construction products industry within the last year or so.

  • CPA: Pessimism Grips Construction Industry

    The latest Construction Trade Survey published today shows that construction activity fell sharply in Q3, despite a return to growth for the UK economy as a whole. Of greater concern, however, the forward looking indicators of orders and enquiries, were also negative, reinforcing concerns that the sector is unlikely to experience growth until at least 2014.

  • CPA: Contraction Increases for Construction Output

    Construction output is forecast to fall by 6.3% this year and a further 1.4% next, before a return to growth in 2014 according to the latest Construction Industry Forecasts published today by the Construction Products Association.

  • CPA: Product Manufacturers Suffer Sharp Deterioration in Conditions in Q3

    The Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey indicates that product manufacturers suffered from a slowdown in sales and exports in Q3 with problems for the sector were made worse by rises in cost inflation.

  • CPA: Danny Alexander announces National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has today (September 23), announced the creation of the new National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum [NIPSEF] at the Infrastructure Alliance Liberal Democrat fringe event. NIPSEF will bring government and industry together to help deliver the UK’s infrastructure needs.

  • CPA: Latest Construction New Orders Remain Depressed

    The latest quarterly ONS figures for construction new orders released today show that new orders for construction remained at a depressed level in the second quarter of 2012, despite having risen 1.5% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period one year earlier. New orders remain 40% lower than the pre-recession peak.

  • CPA: Cautious Welcome for Government’s Housing Sector Boost

    The Construction Products Association has cautiously welcomed the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers’ announcement to boost the housing sector.

  • CPA: Construction Shrinks by Almost 10% in a Year – ONS Figures Confirm

    The ONS construction output figures for Q2, which have been published today, confirm that nearly every sector of construction activity, from private to public and from housing to infrastructure, has shrunk considerably over the last year and that overall, construction activity across GB has contracted by 9.5% in a year.

  • CPA: Construction Contraction Causes Continuing Consternation

    The latest Construction Trade Survey published today, shows that during the second quarter of 2012 construction suffered another sharp fall across all parts of the industry including current workloads, new orders and tender prices, adding to the continuing woes and growing uncertainty for the UK economy as a whole.

  • CPA: Construction Waste Stats show progress in reducing waste to landfill

    The latest construction industry waste figures show that the industry is continuing to make good progress with regard to reducing the amount of construction and demolition waste going to landfill, even allowing for the decline in construction activity due to the recession. The latest figures, published today, show that since the baseline figure was established in 2008, construction and demolition waste to landfill has reduced by 1.87 million tonnes. The industry is therefore on target to meet the halving waste to landfill target for these two particular waste streams.

  • CPA: Sharp Construction Fall Causes Deepening UK Recession

    Today’s GDP figures from ONS show that the UK’s recession deepened further in the second quarter of 2012, led predominantly by further sharp falls in construction activity. Whilst overall, the UK economy shrank by 0.7% between Q1 and Q2, construction fell 5.2% over that same period, indicating that the construction sector was now in a deep depression, despite a number of recent initiatives by government to spur growth.

  • CPA: Construction Industry Facing Two More Years of Decline, as Private Sector Recovery Peters Out

    Construction output is forecast to fall by almost 6% over the next two years, before a return to growth in 2014, according to the latest Construction Industry Forecasts published today by the Construction Products Association. The majority of this decline is a result of the cuts to the capital budget and is being exacerbated by a lack of recovery from the private sector which will experience virtually no growth over this same period.

  • CPA: Sharp Public Sector Falls in Construction During May Point to Difficult 2012

    The latest ONS construction figures released today highlight that output fell 6% in May compared to a year earlier and, overall, the outlook for construction during 2012 appears bleak.

  • CPA: Early 2012 Optimism Quashed in Q2 as Demand Waivers for Product Manufacturers

    The Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey indicates that, following a relatively good first quarter of the year, product manufacturers suffered from a slowdown in sales in Q2 and are extremely concerned about demand going forward.

  • CPA: Construction Output in April a Bad Omen for the Economy in Q2

    The latest ONS construction figures released today show that construction output in April fell by 13% compared to March and was 9% lower than the same month one year earlier. Furthermore, ONS also revised the contraction in construction output during Q1, for the third time, to -4.9%.

  • CPA: Latest Construction New Orders A Worrying Sign for Housing

    The latest quarterly ONS figures for construction new orders released today show that construction orders in Q1 were 3.6 per cent lower than the same quarter one year ago and new orders for housing were 21 per cent lower than a year earlier. However, there were some positive signs in some sectors.

  • CPA: Industry Launches Green Deal Opportunities Publication

    A publication outlining the Green Deal Opportunities for Industry has been published jointly by the Construction Products Association Green Deal Project Team and the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes.

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