New construction orders for the three months to September totalled £8.5 billion, exactly the same as the previous three months, according to figures out today.
The Office of National Statistics figures showed construction orders of £2.8 billion for September, up from £2.6 billion in August.
The increase was largely down to a £187 million rise in public non-housing orders.
Orders in the 12 months to September 2009 fell by 22 per cent compared with the previous 12 months and orders in the three months to September 2009 fell by 5 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.
In the three months to September 2009, compared with the same period a year earlier, private housing orders fell by 14 per cent but public and housing association housing orders rose by 36 per cent.