The Monthly Statistics of Building Materials and Components, released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest an increased demand for the literal building blocks of the housebuilding industry, according to The Brick Development Association (BDA).
In the second quarter of 2016, deliveries have been 10.4% higher than in the first quarter. The deliveries in June are also 7.4% higher than the figure predicted in May. These point to the increased demand for bricks in the housing market, and other sectors.
“This is incredibly encouraging news,” said Andrew Eagles, CEO of the BDA. “The fact that these positive industry indicators have come at the same time points strongly to brick’s essential place in housebuilding. Brick is undoubtedly a fantastic choice for building and it is fantastic to see housebuilders recognising that.”
These results correlate with recent positive news in the housebuilding industry. 41,222 new homes were built in the UK in Q2, a 1% increase on the same period in 2015. Most importantly, this is also the highest number of houses built since Q4 of 2007.