"The Group delivered another strong performance in the first half. Our reorganised management teams have settled well and are making positive strides towards their respective operating and financial targets.
We continue to see robust demand and pricing in residential markets, for both Linden Homes and Partnerships and Regeneration, driving good rates of sale, and the land market remains benign in all regions. Linden Homes continues to achieve margin improvement, including much improved overhead efficiency. Partnerships achieved a higher proportion of mixed tenure development revenue, resulting also in first-half margin growth. Construction is making steady progress in resolving legacy contracts, and the contribution from newer work is encouraging, demonstrating that the underlying business is strong.
Whilst we remain alert to potential uncertainties in the wider economy, we continue to see opportunity in all of our markets. We enter the new calendar year with strong order books: both Linden Homes and Partnerships are at record levels, and whilst Construction is lower than the prior year, it remains both at a very comfortable level and, more importantly, of high quality. Our improved debt facilities have further strengthened the balance sheet, providing financial flexibility to underpin our strategy for growth.
I am pleased that we are able to announce an interim dividend of 32 pence per share, in line with our sustainable and progressive policy.
When I joined Galliford Try in October 2015 I inherited three strong businesses with talented employees, excellent market reputations, and great potential. Over the last 16 months we have focused on enhancing the strengths of each business, to build a solid platform for further disciplined and profitable expansion. I am encouraged by the opportunities for improvement and growth in all three businesses, and we will share further detail on our strategy and targets in our presentation later this morning."