Activity across Britain's building sites is growing at its fastest pace in six years as civil engineering and commercial works add to the housing rebound.
Figures from the closely-watched Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for construction showed a reading of 59.4 in October, up from 58.9 in the previous month and the best rise i n output since September 2007.
It is the sixth month in a row of expansion in the construction sector, according to the survey, where a reading of 50 separates growth from contraction.
House building has been the key driver of the ever-strengthening rebound, although the pace of expansion in this area slipped slightly from September's near ten-year high.
Residential builders have been buoyed in recent months by easing credit conditions as well as Government initiatives such as Help to Buy, with the latest extension of the scheme offering mortgage guarantees to help buyers get onto the housing ladder.
CIPS said other parts of construction continued to bolster their expansion, with commercial players registering the fastest rate of growth since April 2012 as the improvement in the UK economic outlook boosts confidence.
More than four times as many survey respondents - 52% - anticipate a rise in output over the year ahead as those that forecast a reduction - 12%.
Higher levels of new work have also contributed to a robust increase in staffing levels during October. The latest upturn in employment levels was the steepest for six years and contrasted with the lacklustre rate of expansion seen on average in the first half of the year.
David Noble, CIPS chief executive, said: "The future is looking bright for the UK construction industry as it soars into the final quarter with its strongest performance in over six years, boosted by a strengthening surge in activity broadening out across all sectors."
Today's figures mirror the performance of UK manufacturers, with CIPS reporting on Friday that output and new orders in the sector were close to recent 19-year records.