A Midland construction firm is hoping to build on the strongest month in its history.
Warwickshire-based Pettifer Construction has s cooped more than £35 million worth of new projects from clients in a range of sectors over the last month.
The new contracts come on the back of a successful trading period for Pettifer, which saw the company achieve a 2.4 per cent operating profit in its last financial year.
Peter Commins, managing director of Pettifer said: "Whilst the public sector is not meeting its projected spend, and gestation periods generally from pricing to project award are being prolonged, it's encouraging to know that Pettifer is bucking the trend."
The project wins include two schemes in Leicester, the £6 million Queen Street Apartments and the £5 million next phase of St Georges Tower for Magnet Properties, the £8 million Tewkesbury Retirement Village and the £13 million Hereford Independent Living Scheme.
However it is less of a rosy position for the building materials sector.
Sales of building materials in the West Midlands have fallen again.
They dropped by 6.4 per cent for the three months December to February compared with the same period in 2004/5, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation.
And BMF's figures also show a slight decrease in sales of 0.1 per cent against the previous three-month period, September to November last year.
The 12-month comparator again shows a fall, with builders' merchants sales from February to February down 2.9 per cent on the previous 12 month period.
In the year-on-year three-month comparisons, sales of lightside products such as plumbing, heating and iron-mongery slumped more than those of heavyside products - the likes of bricks, blocks, aggregates and cement.
Lightside sales were down by 4.2 per cent, with heavyside down 3.9 per cent.
BMF managing director, Jeremy Hawksley, said: "The winter months are the slowest trading months in the building trade, so these figures hold no real surprise." n Lafarge, the world's biggest cement maker, posted a better than expected 28.1 per cent rise in first-quarter sales yesterday, helped by higher sell-ing prices and better weather conditions for construction work.
Turnover rose to 3.772 billion euros (£2.6 billion) from 2.945 billion (£2 billion) in the same period of 2005, hit by bad weather and a lower number of working days.
Quarterly revenues were up 19.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis.