Clearview Midlands July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 32

INDUSTRYNEWS Private housing projects up over 15% The UK construction industry has seen a rise of nearly 1.9% in new building project starts in the three months to May, led by growth in the private housing sector, according to figures released by construction industry analysts Glenigan. The value of private housing projects starting on site is up 15.2% compared with the same period in 2012, while both infrastructure and utilities projects continued the strong growth seen in April with year-on-year increases of over 30% in the value of new work starting on site. The 1.9% increase in underlying project starts this month comes as the turnaround in civil engineering projects seen in April maintained momentum in May, with a UK-wide 31.3% year-on-year increase in infrastructure work starts and a 31.2% increase in utilities starts. “The improvement in the weather seen during April and May has allowed projects placed on hold in the first quarter to get underway,” Glenigan economist Andrew Whiffin commented. “In addition to the strength of underlying private housing starts, we have also seen a number of larger housing developments start on site that are excluded from the index,” Mr Whiffin said. BACK AT FIT SHOW IN 2014 REHAU’s success at this year’s FIT show has prompted it to rebook for 2014, retaining both its premium stand position and its exclusive sponsorship of the bar and café areas. Wolfgang Gorner, Business Unit Director at REHAU Window Division, said: “Like the vast majority of exhibitors at the FIT show in April, we felt that it was an overwhelming success. We were delighted with the overall event and particularly the response we got from visitors. We had customers queuing up to join the new REHAU RELATION reward scheme we launched on our stand and it gave us the perfect platform to showcase all our latest new product and service innovations to both existing and potential customers. “Since the show, we’ve analysed the feedback and enquiries we received and we feel it definitely justifies our investment for a second time. “I think it’s particularly important that the big names in the industry back the show once again so that it has the chance to become an established fixture in the fenestration calendar and the industry gets back the dedicated event which I think it deserves. “The organisers did a great job and we’re certainly backing them