How did the floods affect British construction output?

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17th Apr 2014

Last week, official figures were published outlining a sharp decrease in construction output during February 2014 in the UK.

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Officially, the winter of 2013-2014 has been recognised as the wettest winter on record.

The unprecedented February flooding has been cited as the primary cause in a productivity slump – with lots of projects suffering major delays because of a variety of logistical factors which affected personnel, materials, and health and safety practices.

Positive growth was seen in the industry during the months of January and December – which will help counteract the setbacks caused by the floods.

However, according to the BBC, the construction industry is still just over 13% below its pre-recession high – and will be set back further by the latest findings after the floods.

Whilst construction output is expected to rise in March, the effects of the widespread flooding are likely to seep into the subsequent months, affecting the first quarter of UK construction.

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