Number of contracts awarded increase in June

Latest News Wed, Jul 29, 2020 10:21 AM

The total value of construction contract awards in June 2020 was £2.2billion based on a three-month rolling average.

Compared to May, this is a decrease of 9.2% and is also 57.3% lower than June2019.

However, contract award numbers in June increased by 81.4%to 477, signalling an improvement in conditions.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain.

The residential sector again dominated the share of contract awards with a total of 33.9%. Despite this, the largest project awarded for June was in the Infrastructure sector with the Gatwick Airport railway station refurbishment, valuing in at £150million.

Analysis shows that London has had the largest share of contracts awarded in June at 26.1%. This is followed by the South East at 16.4% and then the North West at 13.6%. Wales was again the smallest region with only 1.4% of awards.

Tom Hall, Chief Economist at Barbour ABI and AMA Research said: “The UK economy plateaued in May as the easing of some lockdown restrictions mid-way through the month failed to significantly increase output. In-month GDP growth was 1.8% after the 20% contraction in April.

“With the outcome underwhelming compared to city economists’ expectations of 5.5% growth, output remains 25% down compared to February. June’s figures published next month will give a better understanding of how quickly lost output can be regained as larger parts of the economy resumed activity.”

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