New statistics released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show positive signs for the building industry.
In the second quarter of 2016, brick deliveries were 10.4% higher than in the first quarter. Brick deliveries in June 2016 are also 7.4% higher than May, the previous month.
These changes are significant and point to the increased demand for bricks in the housing and construction.
These results correlate with recent positive news in the housebuilding industry. 41,222 new homes were built in the UK in Q2, an increase on the same period in 2015 and the highest number of houses built since Q4 of 2007.
Andrew Eagles, CEO of the Brick Development Association (BDA), says, “This is encouraging. Manufacturers have geared up supply to meet demand. It is heartening to see a increase in house numbers and increased deliveries of brick to help get those homes built with quality durable materials.
We welcome the recent House of Lords report pointing to the need for more homes and greater diversity of mechanisms to get more homes built, and hope this leads to more action and further rises in home building.”