Britain's housebuilders saw a return to buoyant conditions last month after a weather-hit February, while confidence among construction firms rose to its highest level since before the recession.
The overall sector maintained a pattern of strong growth, with a reading of 62.5 in March on the closely-watched Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) - where 50 separates growth from contraction.
The reading represented the 11th month in a row of sector growth.
But it was little changed on the previous month’s figure of 62.6 due to a slowdown in the growth of civil engineering output, which had been buoyed by flood relief work in February.
New business growth slipped to a six-month low, but confidence about the 12-month outlook soared to a level not seen since January 2007.
The rate of job creation in construction was the second-fastest since August 2007. Firms have been buoyed by initiatives including the Help to Buy programme.