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Construction sector: three stocks for the long-term

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This time last year, the UK construction sector was resting upon it laurels. It had just experienced the best two quarters of growth the sector had seen in a near-quarter of a century.

Covid-19 was firmly in the rear mirror with the UK driving away from the pandemic-enforced shutdown. House prices were inexorably rising again driven by a massive demand for new residential accommodation. Commercial property work had grown at the fastest since 1998. With the country still committed to levelling-up with significant national infrastructure programmes being planned, everything was looking rosy and investors in the sector were feeling quite pleased with themselves.

But as the leaves turned from green to brown in the Autumn of 2021, the construction sector spotted serious potholes on the road ahead – hitherto out of sight as the nation fretted about the lack of toilet rolls and hand sanitizer. Brexit had had a significant effect on the sector, something that was masked by the suspension of site work during the pandemic.


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