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UK construction starts slump by 35 per cent

The number of new construction projects in the UK has fallen 35 per cent for the same period last year according to the latest figures released by the monitoring body Glenigan

The figures reveal a huge slow-down in both non-residential and housing, falling by 39 per cent and 52 per cent respectively.

The Glenigan forecast for the second quarter of 2009 remains gloomy, with the number of new projects expected to be 25 per cent down on the same period a year ago. Glenigan figures suggest that construction activity will remain subdued until 2011.

The decline in residential has been driven by the slow-down in the private housing market, while non-residential construction – such as the industrial, office and retail sectors – has suffered as developers have shelved investment plans.

Meanwhile, infrastructure work recorded a rise of 20 per cent on the same period last year.

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