Overall construction activity has increased by 2.8% in Quarter 2 2019 but Civil Engineering has seen the largest increase with a rise of 21.0% in the seasonally adjusted volume index. Residential Building is also up on the previous quarter with an increase of 8.3% in volume while Non-Residential Building activity is down 3.1% in the seasonally adjusted index.
Output in the Residential sector has doubled since 2015 with the Residential index over 200 for the first time since 2008. However, it is still significantly lower than its peak of 854.4 in Quarter 1 2006.
The year on year change for Civil Engineering is even more significant with a volume increase of 56.4% compared with the same period last year. Residential Building activity is up 16.2% year on year and Non-Residential activity has increased by 1.8% since the second quarter of 2018.
In the last quarter, the Non-Residential seasonally adjusted volume index has decreased from 153.6 to 148.9. Further information on seasonal adjustment is available in the CSO’s video on seasonal adjustment. See tables 1(a), 1(c), 2(a), 2(b) and graphs.