25 JUL 2018
Some materials prices in the infrastructure sector have risen in the first few months of 2018.
Gas oil fuel has seen the largest rise, at 9.7% between January and May, with DERV fuel rising 4.9%. Timber prices rose over 5% in the same period, while steel products including sheet steel piling, steel pipes, steel sections and structural steelwork, rose between 4% and 5%. Other materials prices that rose over 2% were precast concrete structural components, asphalt paving and sprinklers.
Overall, civil engineering costs rose 0.7% between January and May 2018, with large rises in some materials offset by slight falls, or no change, in others, and a small (0.2%) fall in labour costs.