The value of building consents issued in January was almost double that of the same month last year.
The building consents summary released from the Marlborough District Council shows a total of 69 consents were approved last month, totalling $8.9 million.
The previous January, the total value of consents was $4.5m.
Of the January 2014 consents, 16 were new houses and eight were additions to houses.
New houses in the region cost just over $5.3m, while additions to houses were valued at $939,500.
Consents were also approved for support work, commercial additions, drainage, solid fuel, communal residential addition, removal and demolition and outbuildings.
The single largest consent was for structural strengthening and other work on a building in Market St. The work was valued at $880,000.
In January 2013, just 53 consents were issued, with 16 of those relating to outbuildings.
Consents included earthquake strengthening, a new winery utilities building and a few free-standing log fires.
In December 2103, 79 new consents were worth a total of $8.7m.
Consents in December included a new house and garage, residential swimming pools, removal and replacement of sheds and retaining walls.
- The Marlborough Express