Construction orders for private housing and commercial projects bounced back in the three months to September but infrastructure and public housing suffered falls, according to new orders data from the Office for National Statistics released today.
Overall new construction orders fell by 4 per cent in the three months to September compared with the previous quarter of 2010.
Bookings for private housing work rose by 49 per cent to £2.6bn in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the previous three months. New orders were back to levels not seen since the start of 2008 and were 86 per cent up against the same period a year earlier.
New private commercial work grew 7 per cent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter of 2010 - their highest level since the end of 2008.
However public housing orders fell 22 per cent in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the previous three months and were down by 42 per cent on the same period in 2009.
Infrastructure bookings also dropped to their lowest level since the end of 2006, falling by 27 per cent on the previous quarter and 56 per cent on the same period in 2009.
Other public work, excluding housing and infrastructure, fell 24 per cent on the previous quarter and 37 per cent on the previous year, reaching its lowest levels since the end of 2007.
Private industrial orders also fell 11 per cent in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter and 16 per cent on the same period a year earlier.