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NHBC reports highest half-yearly housing figures since 2008

NHBC's latest registration statistics suggest that the UK house-building industry continues its recovery, with new figures revealing that 2013 has witnessed the highest half-yearly total of new homes registered since 2008.

67,422 new homes were registered between January 2013 and the end of June, with figures for Q2 2013 revealing a 38% increase in registrations for the period April - June compared to the same period last year (35,683 in 2013 compared to 25,798 in 2012).

NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said: "Our latest registration statistics show an encouraging broad-based recovery. While London remains an engine for growth we are seeing overall numbers up across the UK with both the private sector (up 23% to 48,817 in Jan - June 2013 compared to 2012 figure of 39,836) and the public sector (up 56%; 18,605 compared to the same half-yearly period in 2012; 11,960) contributing fully to this growth.

"The Chancellor's announcement this week in relation to mortgage guarantee guidance to help boost housing supply shows that the Government is maintaining its commitment to help the industry and those looking to buy a new home.

"After a pause in June while builders focussed on completions for their full and half years, July registrations are showing clear indications that builders are returning to the challenge of ramping up production and increasing volumes from this current low base."

NHBC UK statistics for April - June 2013 show that:

For the rolling quarter April - June 2013 the number of registrations was 35,683, a 38% increase on the same period last year (25,798). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in April - June 2013 increased by 29% (25,209), compared with the same period last year (19,526).
  • Public sector registrations in April - June 2013 increased by 67% (10,474) when compared with the same period a year ago (6,272).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered April - June 2013 by region/country:

Region

April - June 2013

April - June  2012

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,674

809

North West

2,324

2,097

Merseyside

423

391

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,636

1,536

West Midlands

2,848

1,992

East Midlands

2,693

2,202

Eastern

3,888

2,883

South West

3,911

2,616

Greater London

7,824

3,297

South East

4,355

4,335

Totals for England

31,576

22,158

Scotland - Councils

2,611

1,966

Wales - Unitary Authorities

848

1,201

Northern Ireland - Counties

623

447

Isle of Man

25

26

Totals for UK

35,683

25,798

Further information and charts:

NHBC Q2 2013 statistics

Media contact at NHBC

Nadia Bedra or James Hall
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
jhall@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 738

News Date: 26/07/13