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20 JUL 2017

Political impasse beginning to bite for NI construction sector

RICS and Tughans Northern Ireland Construction & Infrastructure Market Survey, Q2 2017

Northern Ireland construction workloads have fallen for the first time in four years, according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Tughans Northern Ireland Construction & Infrastructure Market Survey.

A lack of public sector spending and a further retrenchment in infrastructure investment were the key factors in the reduction in activity during the second quarter of the year, surveyors report.

The overall fall in construction workloads was marginal, with a net balance of -2% of surveyors reporting reduced activity. But significant falls were reported in infrastructure workloads (a net balance of -33%) and public-non-housing workloads (a net balance of -33%).

Workloads were also falling in the public housing sub-sector, according to a net balance of -13% of surveyors.

The survey points to a broad-based deceleration in the construction sector across the UK, but Northern Ireland was the only region where workloads fell in the quarter, albeit marginally so. Northern Ireland was also the only UK region where infrastructure and public-non-housing workloads were in negative territory.

Private housing was the only construction sub-sector where activity was rising in Northern Ireland during the quarter, according to the survey, with private commercial and private industrial workloads reported to be flat.