Activity across Britain's building sites grew at its fastest pace for nearly six years last month amid a "new dawn" for the hard-hit construction industry.
Figures from the closely-watched Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) showed a reading of 59.1 in August up from 57 in July, signalling the best rise in output since September 2007.
It is the fourth month in a row of expansion in the construction sector, according to the survey, where a reading of 50 separates growth from contraction.
The figures add to mounting optimism over the recovery as all sectors of the economy are showing a marked improvement, with experts yesterday claiming factories were "booming again" after the strongest growth in output for nearly two decades.
David Noble, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), said: " A new dawn is breaking in construction. The industry recorded the fastest pace of growth since 2007 in August, leaving the dark days of recession behind."
Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit and author of the PMI report, added: "The latest construction PMI figures are yet another indication that the UK economy has performed impressively over the summer months."
Housebuilding remained the strongest sector once again, rising at a rate not seen since mid-2010, spurred on as the Government's Help to Buy scheme and cheaper mortgage finance sent buyers flocking to new developments.
There is speculation that the property market is on the brink of another boom, with Nationwide figures showing house prices rose 3.5% year-on-year in August, while mortgage approvals jumped to their highest level for more than five years in July.
But the construction data also suggested public sector demand was picking up as civil engineering saw its strongest growth since September 2007.
With another strong PMI reading from the powerhouse services sector expected tomorrow, the City believes the prospects for the recovery will put further pressure on Bank of England governor Mark Carney and his new forward guidance policy of linking rates to unemployment.
Mr Carney has sought to shore up his strategy, insisting that rates will stay at 0.5% for at least another three years, as unemployment is unlikely to fall to 7% for more than three years.
But markets are proving hard to win over, pencilling in a rate rise in the first quarter of 2015.
CMC Markets senior market analyst Michael Hewson said the Bank, which will deliver its latest rates decision on Thursday, "could well be in danger of losing credibility if it continues to repeat the line that the recent economic data doesn't support the increase in market rates, particularly if the third quarter turns out to be even better than the second quarter".