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North-west output growth eclipses UK average

Construction output in the North-west is growing 10 times faster than the national average, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The value of construction work in the region jumped to more than £4.6bn for the three months to August, up £600m – 15 per cent – compared with the same period in 2017.

Total construction output in Great Britain increased 1.5 per cent for the period year on year, making the North-west’s growth 10 times higher than the average.

UK-wide figures released yesterday showed that infrastructure was the fastest-growing non-housing sector for the three months to August on a quarterly basis, with output growing 4.7 per cent.

However, private commercial work continued to struggle, declining 0.6 per cent over the period.

Commenting on the latest regional figures, Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry said: “It’s wonderful to see how the Northern Powerhouse is driving investment in the North-west and helping grow the construction industry to the tune of over £600m.

“Anyone visiting the North-west can see the huge number of construction projects under way and these figures show just how valuable they are.

“This construction boom is helping build new homes, new infrastructure and a stronger economy in the region.”

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