Construction industry faces materials shortage because of coronavirus

Timber supplies
Demand for timber has soared over the last year. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Channel Islands construction bosses say the cost of timber and steel is rising, as supply chains have been affected internationally. 

There has been pent up demand for building works due to islanders investing in home improvements during the pandemic.

Norman Piette sells raw materials in Guernsey and says their team recently had to increase the cost of timber by 17% to cope.

It is a concern shared by Pentagon in Jersey which has seen demand for building materials rocket over the last year.