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Regional focus: Northern England

With recent talk of linking key Northern cities via high-speed rail in order to allow them to compete with London, the political attention on this region is clear.

While London new work construction output has increased by 12 per cent since 2010, in the North (the North-east, North-west and Yorkshire & the Humber) output is 6 per cent lower than in 2010.

With the combined value of new work construction across the North similar (£15bn) to that of London (£16bn), comparisons are therefore interesting. 

The outlook for the North is relatively positive, with output across the regions expected to rise by around 15 per cent over 2014-16.

Underpinning this will be growth in commercial and private housing work, while in the public non-housing market activity will remain under pressure due to tight capital budgets.

Infrastructure work will benefit from some large projects, in particular the Mersey Bridge.

Industrial building will strengthen in line with some large factory investments such as GSK’s Ulverston factory and BAE’s submarine facilities at Barrow, as well as increased warehouse development.

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