One region which has enjoyed a Spring bounce in new construction activity has been Yorkshire & Humber. Alongside an upturn in private housing and infrastructure, the region is benefiting from new development for the digital and new tech sector, particularly around Leeds.
Glenigan Construction data shows that new project starts across Yorkshire & Humber rose 26% in the quarter to May, compared to the period a year earlier.
The construction work pipeline is also looking healthier in the region. After falling last year, the value of underlying detailed planning approvals rose by 25% in the first four months of 2019, compared to the period last year.
Significant increases have been seen in planning approvals in Yorks & Humber for private housing (up 19% in the four months to April on the period last year), offices (up 22%), hotel & leisure (up 167%), community & amenity work (up 73%), infrastructure (up 53%) and utilities work (up 152%).