By Jonathan Davies

Output in the UK's construction sector grew at its fastest pace since February, according to a closely watched survey.

The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 58.1 in June, up from 55.9 in May.

Any figure above 50 indicates growth.

Markit said it comes as confidence in the next 12 months rose to its highest level in 11 years.

The survey found that nearly two-thirds of firms in the sector expect increased investment and spending to result in added output, particularly in the residential projects.

Markit also said that recruitment in construction grew at its fastest pace for six months.

Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit said the rise in optimism was "partly down to relief that pre-election uncertainty has now passed".