June output gains were substantially higher than the previous record monthly growth of 7.6% in May and left construction as the fastest recovering industry.
Despite this strong monthly growth, construction output in June 2020 remains comparatively low at 24.8% below the February 2020 level, which was before the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 22% (£1.22bn) growth in new work in June was driven by increases in all new work sectors, with the largest contribution coming from a 42% recovery (£545m) in private new housing which along with commercial took the biggest tumble.
Infrastructure is the only sector to have nearly recovered to its pre-pandemic level, at 3.7% (£69m) below the February 2020 level.
According to Government figures construction had the largest proportion of workforce returning from furlough leave, with 20.5%. This was higher than any other industry and well above the 8.1% average for all industries.
Gareth Belsham, director of the national property consultancy and surveyors Naismiths, said: “June’s record-smashing, gravity-defying spike in output shouldn’t distract from what has been a frankly brutal three months for the construction industry.
“With total output down by more than a third over the quarter and new orders shrinking to less than half the level registered during the ‘Boris bounce’ mini-boom seen at the start of the year, this is nothing if not white knuckle stuff.
“Nevertheless as the industry licks its wounds and resets, there are a few rays of light.
“Output has increased for two months in a row and momentum is increasing. June’s 23.5% surge was triple the 7.6% growth seen in May.
“The recovery is still young and fragile, but so far it is taking the hoped-for V-shape.”