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UK house-building levels continue to improve, according to NHBC

NHBC's latest registration statistics show that house-building levels in the UK continue to show improvement on recent years, with figures for July 19% higher (13,539) than the same month last year (11,391).

Taking the rolling quarter into account (May - July 2013) the period reveals a 30% increase compared to the same period last year (2012; 28,951 compared to 2013; 37,738).

Additionally, the private sector reported the highest number of registrations for over five years, with 10,300 new homes registered in July; the highest since February 2008 when 10,465 homes were registered.

NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said: "July was a bumper month for new home registrations, particularly for the private sector.

"As we have emphasised over the course of the year, this recovery is from a relatively low base but nevertheless reveals that builders are beginning to meet the growing demand to provide the new homes that the country desperately needs. Looking ahead we hope that the rest of the year continues this long overdue recovery story."

NHBC UK statistics for May - July 2013 show that:

For the rolling quarter May - July 2013 the number of registrations was 37,738, a 30% increase on the same period last year (28,951). Of these: Private sector registrations in May - July 2013 increased by 25% (27,028), compared with the same period last year (21,574). Public sector registrations in May - July 2013 increased by 45% (10,710) when compared with the same period a year ago (7,377).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered May - July 2013 by region/country:

Region

May - July 2013

May - July  2012

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,467

1,127

North West

2,313

2,304

Merseyside

552

290

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,978

1,599

West Midlands

2,795

2,059

East Midlands

2,571

2,590

Eastern

3,938

2,976

South West

3,961

3,043

Greater London

7,917

4,555

South East

6,203

4,689

Totals for England

33,695

25,232

Scotland - Councils

2,762

1,966

Wales - Unitary Authorities

884

1,305

Northern Ireland - Counties

360

414

Isle of Man

37

34

Totals for UK

37,738

28,951

 

Media contact at NHBC

James Hall, 01908 746 738 or 07435 786851
Nadia Bedra, 01908 746 734 or 07501 226656

News Date: 30/08/13