Construction Industry Faces Worst Month Since Financial Crash
How many steel cladding sheets did your business put up in June? If a good amount, you're one of few in the construction industry to have a successful month as, on average, June saw the worst construction output for 10 years, according to official figures.
The figures, which were reported by City AM, saw construction activity 'drop like a stone' to its lowest level since April 2009, right at the peak of the financial crash. The UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index fell sharply from a reading of 48.1 to 43, as demand for housebuilding plummeted during the month – and if that doesn't mean much to you, any reading under 50 signals a decline in the sector.
These latest woes, alongside many that are affecting both housebuilding, commercial building and civil engineering, has been blamed on continued Brexit uncertainty. New projects have been delayed with the the new October deadline in mind, which has hurt the industry across the supply chain. However, while output has tanked to similar levels, many are quick to point out that this downturn is negligible compared to what happened as a result of the 2008 financial crash.
Duncan Brock, group director at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said that construction has become a less hardy industry in recent times: “This abrupt change in the sector’s ability to ride the highs and lows of political uncertainty shows the impact has finally taken its toll.”
Sterling also fell to $1.26 for every pound this week, and house prices continue to see only 'subdued' growth, meanwhile the manufacturing
Swift Action Needed On Re-Roofing Project
Due to a group of swifts who return to the same homes in Bridlington every year, action has been taken as part of a re-roofing project to ensure the birds have a place to nest when they arrive back in the UK.
York Press reports that council houses in Matson Road on the West Hill estate in Bridlington are to benefit from thermal upgrading, including external wall insulation and new windows, as well as re-roofing if they require it.
However, this includes two neighbouring properties on Matson Road, where swifts have returned to nests every year, according to one of the tenants and wildlife fan Andrew Mclean.
To accommodate the return of the swifts, work to fit new guttering and fascia boards on Mr Mclean’s property and seal the hole where the swifts nested has been completed early by East Riding of Yorkshire Council contractor, Houlton.
The actual re-roofing and external wall works have been postponed until the swifts have gone again in July/August.
Mr Mclean said: “They are the same birds. They always come back to the same nesting site. It’s amazing how they seem to find the same nest holes. I’m grateful that nest boxes are being fitted for the swifts before they come back in May.”
Cllr Chris Matthews, the portfolio holder for strategic property, infrastructure and climate change, said: “It’s good news that the council is trusted to create innovative solutions to provide insulated homes for our residents thereby reducing carbon emissions and at the same time continue to make provision for our welcomed migrating swifts from Africa.”
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