Monday, 27 October 2014

UK Construction Industry set to grow by 23% over next 3 years

According to the latest Autumn forecasts from the Construction Products Association, the UK construction industry is expected to grow 23% by the end of 2018. In the short-term this will be driven by private housing.

Construction industry output is forecast to increase 4.8% this year and 5.3% in 2015 – up from the predictions of 4.7% and 4.8% made earlier in 2014.

Private housing starts are predicted to grow 18% this year and 10% in 2015, “leaving starts at 148,000,” CPA said. Beyond 2015, private housing growth is set to slow, but CPA said that it predicted a total of 171,000 starts in 2018.

General construction growth is forecast to continue throughout 2018. But CPA warned that “several risks” remained, namely the strength of the UK and Eurozone economies, the outcome of the general election and supply constraints.

Noble Francis, CPA’s economics director, said that the forecast for private housing was also dependent on certain factors. He said:

“We forecast starts to rise 18.0% in 2014 and 10.0% in 2015. In order for such projections to be met, however, increased capacity is necessary, particularly from SME housebuilders. In addition, there remain serious questions about affordability and higher mortgage repayment costs.”

1 comment:

  1. Walter De Schutter28 October 2014 at 13:36

    Optimistic news with some key variables. Nevertheless, staying close to developments will be the answer to being part of this growth.