The main points:
Monthly construction output grew 1.3% in volume terms in September 2021; new work and repair and maintenance both grew on the month, increasing by 1.3% and 1.2% respectively.
The level of construction output in September 2021 was 1.0% (£141 million) below the level of February 2020, before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; new work was 3.5% (£334 million) below the February 2020 level, while repair and maintenance work was 3.9% (£194 million) above the February 2020 level.
In contrast to the monthly growth, quarterly construction output fell 1.5% in Quarter 3 (July to Sep) 2021, compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to Jun) 2021; both new work (0.3%) and repair and maintenance saw decreases (3.6%).
Total construction new orders fell 9.2% (£1,221 million) in Quarter 3 2021, compared with Quarter 2 2021.
The annual rate of construction output price growth was 5.1% in September 2021; this was the strongest annual rate of construction output price growth since records began in 2014.
At the type of work level, the annual rate of price growth in the 12 months to September 2021 was at its strongest in new housing (7.5%) and private industrial new work (6.3%).
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