In February CE asked survey respondents which industry sector they thought would be most buoyant this year. The overwhelming response was that civil engineering looked most promising, with more than 55% of respondents picking this area. Repair and maintenance within the sector looked a little brighter than new build work, but both looked similarly strong.
In contrast, the non-residential building sector looked the weakest, with only 16% of respondents seeing this as the leading area for 2010, and with repair & maintnenace work again ahead of new build projects.
But perhaps most significantly, the results of the survey could indicate a revival in the residential sector. Although only 28% of respondents single this segment out as the most promising for 2010, the result was a marked improvement on figures from the last time CE asked this question, when only 17% of respondents highlighted this sector.
Back then, in December 2008, civil engineering was once again the runaway winner in the poll, with more than 70% of respondents highlighting this as the leading segment.