Building materials shortage is cause for concern believes expert

Rising costs due to a shortage of building materials are impacting on the construction sector, a building expert warns

Rising costs due to a shortage of building materials are impacting on the construction sector, a building expert warns.

According to Paul Moore, group managing director of construction specialist Southdale, which has divisions in the North East, Yorkshire and North West, supply chain shortages brought about by the construction sector’s return to health are resulting in demand outstripping supply.

He said: “An example of this is in materials, such as bricks. When the downturn hit, kilns closed, but they have not been reopened. This means the number of bricks being produced has not been increased to meet demand, so costs have risen dramatically.

“Without some form of action to stabilise the situation it is impossible for people building affordable homes to price a job with any certainty, and there is no going back because our contract costs are fixed, unlike with those building private homes.

“The growth we are seeing is welcome, but consideration of issues which surround it need to be carefully considered.”

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