In August, the value of all construction contract awards, according to Barbour ABI data, was £4.9 billion based on a three month rolling average. This is a decrease of 5.6% on July, and annual comparisons show that this is also a decrease of 18.7% when compared to August 2018. In the three month period ending August 2019, total construction contract awards were valued at £15.2 billion which is an increase of 2% on the previous quarter and also 1.8% higher than for the comparable quarter ending August 2018. The number of contract awards in August was 752 which is a decrease of 25.6% on July and is also 33.3% lower than August 2018.

The residential sector continues to dominate contract awards and held the largest share in August with 42.5%. This dominance by the residential sector meant that all other sectors has much smaller share this month. Infrastructure was the second largest sector in August with 14% of awards and was followed by education with a share of 11.4%, marginally ahead of the industrial sector which accounted for 11.3% of construction contract

The largest residential contract award was the £75 million Northallerton Development Area – Phase 2 in North Yorkshire which will see Persimmon Homes (Teesside) provide a total of 246 residential units on a 17.3 hectare site. Due to start in January 2020, this project has a 60 month timeline. The largest infrastructure award was the £100 million Easington Terminal Onshore Pipeline for Premier Oil in North Yorkshire which was awarded to Centrica plc. Additional works will also include a beach pipeline, a tunnel beneath the cliffs, as well as offices. The largest contract in the education sector this month was the £120 million academic building and multi-storey car park by the University of Leicester at the Freemans Common site in the city. The contract was awarded to Engie and has a 36 month project timeline.

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