Mines, ports, roads and rail construction winds down

THE nation's biggest construction firms are expecting a "marked weakening" in heavy industrial projects next year, partly due to the wind-down in mining-related work.

A survey of the economic outlook of major building firms was released by the Australian Industry Group and Australian Constructors Association on Thursday.

It showed major firms were expecting the fall in activity over the rest of this year, and next two years as mines, ports, roads and rail projects come to an end.

There was some positive notes in the survey report, notably in expected apartment building starts, telecom construction and commercial construction work.

AIG chief executive Innes Willox said the latest construction outlook survey showed the trends established in the past year had "become well-established".

However, with the Abbott government's asset recycling plan yet to result in actual contracts, Mr Willox said the industry needed an "acceleration of state-based infrastructure projects".

The survey results predicted a 10% fall in engineering construction work over 2014-15 and 2015-16 and a fall in value for such work of 3.9% this year and 1.2% next fiscal year.