The construction sector has bucked the trend seen in the rest of the economy by shrinking in the third quarter by 2.5%. In the past year, the sector has shrunk by almost 11%.
Roger Bayliss, the executive vice president of Skanska UK, said new orders are at their lowest level in 30 years.
He calls on the Government to "draw a line under" its energy strategy in order to get the construction backlog moving.
Today's GDP figures are obviously good news, but the Chancellor is rightly cautious about the state of the recovery.
Underlying growth is a rather less impressive 0.3 per cent when the Olympics and bank holidays are taken into account.
Official figures are expected to confirm today that the UK economy has pulled out of recession. But future growth could remain slow.