Three Eastern European countries lead the EU’s construction growth charts
Latest data from EU statistical body Eurostat showed that Slovenia had the sharpest growth in November, up 9.6 per cent from October.
Poland was next with 3.9 per cent, followed by Hungary with 3.0 per cent. After Sweden, Slovakia completed the Eastern-dominated top five with 2.5 per cent growth.
Meanwhile the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy all saw drops in construction output in November as the EU as a whole dropped 1.1 per cent.
Slovenia has now topped the table three months in a row, and has added almost a third to the size of its building industry in 12 months.
Broadway Malyan’s Warsaw-based director of architecture Robert Kaminski told AJ workloads were up in Poland as well as in neighbouring countries.
‘The increased supply of newly-constructed office space in Warsaw, but also in other first tier cities, is generating an increased movement of corporate clients, fuelling the fit-out market – and we have a large project of that type on the drawing board to be delivered onsite mid-year,’ he said.
‘We also observe increased activity and more inquiries coming from Russia and the Czech Republic,’ he added.
Building construction fell by 1.4 per cent across the EU in November, with civils work down just 0.3 per cent.
Overall EU construction work was 1.6 per cent lower in November 2013 than in the same month the previous year.