The main points are:
Construction output fell by 2.9% in the month-on-month all work series in December 2020, because of falls in both new work (3.8%) and repair and maintenance (1.5%); this is the first decline in monthly growth since April 2020 when it fell by a record 40.7%.
Following this monthly fall (2.9%) and upward revisions to February 2020 monthly growth, the December 2020 level of output is 3.5% below the pre-coronavirus February 2020 level.
Quarterly construction output grew by 4.6% in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2020 compared with Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2020; this was driven by quarterly growth in both new work (4.0%) and repair and maintenance (5.5%).
The increase in new work (4.0%) in Quarter 4 2020 was because of quarterly growth in all new work sectors, apart from private commercial, which decreased by 1.6%.
The increase in repair and maintenance (5.5%) in Quarter 4 2020 was because of growth in all repair and maintenance sectors; the largest contributor was non-housing repair and maintenance, which grew by 5.5%.
All work fell by 12.5% in 2020 compared with 2019; this was the largest decline in annual growth since 2009 where output fell 13.2%.
New orders decreased by 8.8% (£962 million) in Quarter 4 2020 compared with Quarter 3 2020, following the record quarterly growth of 71.8% in Quarter 3 2020.
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