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Construction bosses say it's 'too cold to lay bricks'

PUBLISHED: 14:35 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 28 February 2018

Construction bosses have told staff to take the rest of the week off, the Federation of Master Builders says. Picture: Adrian Judd

Construction bosses have told staff to take the rest of the week off, the Federation of Master Builders says. Picture: Adrian Judd

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Construction sites across the UK have ground to a halt due to heavy snow fall, according to a national trade body.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said the freezing temperatures also meant it was too cold to lay bricks.

Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex have been hit particularly hard by the so-called Beast from the East with several inches of snow disrupting travel and trade.

And with freezing conditions set to continue, the FMB said some construction bosses have told their staff to take the rest of the week off.

Sarah McMonagle, FMB director of external affairs, said: “The overall impact of bad weather on construction growth remains to be seen but this situation is concerning, given that the FMB’s latest research shows growth among construction SMEs slowed in the final three months of 2017. We hope this week’s cold weather is just a blip and that all workers will be able to get back on site in coming days.”

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