Neil Knight, business development director of Spicerhaart Part Exchange & Group Clients, highlighted that the figures look better on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

He said: “There was a 3.2 per cent rise in the number of private houses built in May compared to April, marking a 4.9 per cent annual rise. When you look at the latest three months compared to the previous three months, there is an even more significant rise; private housing construction is up 11 per cent while public housing construction is up 16.5 per cent.

“I think there are a few things going on here. Firstly, the summer months are always busier than the winter in terms of house building, so we would expect to see a rise at this time of year compared to the Winter and especially, compared to the end of the year with Christmas etc.

“However, these figures also show an annual rise, which means overall, construction is busier than it was last year.”

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