UK construction activity hit a nine-month high in November, but building costs have soared as the Brexit-hit pound continues to bite.

The closely-watched Markit/CIPS UK Construction purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 52.8 last month, up from 52.6 in October, and above economists' expectations of 52.2.

A reading above 50 indicated growth.

The PMI report continued to bounce back from a slump in the wake of the EU referendum result, with business activity and incoming new work growing at their strongest pace since March.

However, sterling's post-Brexit vote slump caused cost inflation to hit its highest level for five-and-a-half years.

Tim Moore, Senior Economist at IHS Markit, said construction companies were continuing to rebound from the downturn seen in the third quarter of this year.

"The brighter picture reflected another solid contribution from residential building and renewed growth in commercial work, which some companies linked to a resumption of projects that had been delayed after the Brexit vote.

"November's survey data revealed the strongest rise in overall new business volumes since March.

"However, lingering economic uncertainty and subdued investor sentiment meant that optimism towards the year-ahead outlook remained close to its lowest since early-2013."