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The Pegasus Report - Issue #108

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Hi everyone; back to the school timetable; personally I'm relieved - yes home schooling has its chal
 
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The Pegasus Report
Hi everyone; back to the school timetable; personally I’m relieved - yes home schooling has its challenges but it also gives much needed structure to all of our lives!

News Roundup
It is fair to say last week’s news has been a mixture of both negative and positive.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. Architects’ confidence in future workload has dropped significantly, whilst work on over 75% of Housing sites (over 2,000 sites)has been stopped. The Virus has also led to L&G modular housing factory suspending production.
In contrast there has also been a string of good news, with many projects getting the greenlight, with a peak in planning approvals in March. These include a £600m twin tower development in Nine Elms getting the thumbs up, and a £215m retirement village on the site of L&G’s old HQ given the go ahead by planners (virtually as well!).
Plans are also in for a new £260m cultural quarter in the Digberth area of Birmingham.
Contractors have been invited to bid on the new £200m Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Contracts have been awarded to contractors one two schemes; one a 240 home development in Stevenage, and the £35m Jenga hotel in Manchester.
Staying in Manchester, in huge news, a development partner for the £2.5bn Salford Crescent masterplan (a JV between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England) has now been announced and will lead the 240 acre regeneration.
In Infrastructure, The Government has issued HS2 with the formal notice to proceed with phase one works and the Transport Secretary has also approved the £150m A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool scheme, near Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire
To ease pressure on both contractors and consultants, SCAPE has extended its current frameworks rather than renewing to allow the supply chain to concentrate on the immediate.
Barratt has committed to keep paying suppliers to keep their supply chain moving.
Pegasus Radio
Global Stories series
I am doing a mini series interviewing people from around the world to find out how life is being impacted due to the virus and how the construction industry is being effected. We have plenty lined up, but the first has been from Hong Kong; I speak with a great chap called Michael Sadler, and this one is really interesting; hearing how the lessons of the SARS outbreak in 2003 has shaped people’s mindset and has resulted in Covid 19 having a much smaller impact in Hong Kong than in most other major cities.
Industry Insights
A packed insights section; I really liked this first piece by McKinsey about how our future could look.
The future is not what it used to be: Thoughts on the shape of the next normal
Our offices will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what they could look like
After COVID-19, there will be a new normal for construction safety | Construction Dive
Urban workspaces could be key to revitalising high streets
Industry lobbies for planning reform to mitigate impact of coronavirus | Online | Property Week
Technology News
Will technological change increase in pace?
Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus
Sustainable workplace design: how to create the future office
Artificial intelligence and construction’s weak margins: learning the lesson of chess - Innovation - GCR
Amsterdam to Paris in 90 minutes? Dutch tout hyperloop as future of travel
Green Issues
Not much green news, but increasing evidence that the lockdown shows us the way to a low carbon future.
Coronavirus: lockdown’s effect on air pollution provides rare glimpse of low-carbon future
International News
Here is your global roundup
Images | Southeast Asia’s ‘biggest continuous foundation pour’
206 workers test positive for Covid-19 at Novatek’s Arctic construction site
Hill wins bank HQ job in New Cairo, Egypt - News - GCR
Stantec wins lead consultancy role on $3.3bn Ontario rail scheme - News - GCR
Career Items
Not surprisingly a jam packed section this week - there is so much out there at the moment!
Workplace loneliness: is technology responsible?
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - BBC News
Find a balance working from home with your spouse, without driving each other apart
8 philosophies to help cope with isolation
Coronavirus: How to cope with living alone in self-isolation - BBC News
Stop Trying to Be Productive
Workplace culture: why set right-brain creativity free?
We Need Imagination Now More Than Ever
7 ways of doing business by Zoom that are here to stay
Until next week...
I hope everyone has a safe and productive week ahead.
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