By Marcus Leach

The total volume of construction output fell by 5.5% comparing February 2013 with January 2013, according to official data.

The Office for National Statistics said that, comparing the three months from December 2012 to February 2013 with the same three months one year earlier, the volume of construction output decreased by 8.9%.

New work was lower by 10.7% with large falls in public other new work and private-commercial other new work, which reported decreases of 23.7% and 9.8% respectively.

Other new work excludes the housing and infrastructure sectors but includes construction such as factories, warehouses, schools and offices etc. There was also a 5.6% decrease in repair and maintenance, mainly due to a 8.3% fall in the repair and maintenance of housing.

“The on-going weakness in infrastructure output is concerning, especially given Government’s commitment to infrastructure acting as a catalyst for economic recovery and job creation," Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, said.

"The impact of the spending cuts made in 2010 now appear to be feeding down and becoming apparent, notably reducing activity on site.

“Government is rightly starting to think more strategically about how it delivers UK infrastructure and how it can be funded. However with a tough Spending Review on the immediate horizon, it must act with caution before inflicting further cuts on a sector that is such an important facilitator of growth, both short and long term.”

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