Building materials prices see seventh consecutive monthly decline

Building materials prices on a housebuilding site with a builder in a high-vis jacket and jeans moving building blocks
Building materials prices have fallen for the seventh consecutive month in January but shortages of key materials, particularly bricks and blocks, has meant output has continued to decline (Image credit: Getty Images)

Building materials prices declined by 1.6% annually in January as the construction sector showed a seventh consecutive month of declining prices, according to government figures.

However, despite this decline the continued shortage of key construction materials caused construction output to decline by 1.3% with "New Housing" work decline by 0.5%.

Andy Stevens
Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens, an award-winning builder and owner of Surrey's Eclipse Property Solutions, specialises in new builds, extensions, and loft conversions. Apart from hands-on work, he's an active figure in the construction sector serving on the Board of the Federation of Master Builders and was formerly Vice President. He also supports construction-related charities and advocates for mental health awareness within the industry.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.

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