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The Pegasus Report - Issue #109

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Another week of lockdown rolls round; but are we seeing some greenshoots of hope?
 
April 27 · Issue #109 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Another week of lockdown rolls round; but are we seeing some greenshoots of hope?

NEWS ROUNDUP
Let’s get the negative news out of the way first! Analysis from Barbour ABI suggests £1.2Bn of work awarded last month is now on hold. Student accommodation builder Unite has delayed start on two projects until 2022 whilst it grapples with likely revenue in the 2020/21 academic year.
On to the good news…
Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and United Living have all announced that they are to re-open some sites across the UK.
Perhaps as a result of housebuilders getting back to business, Ibstock Brick has resumed production. The decision to follow Michelmersh back into production leaves just Forterra, supplier of London and Butterley brick on shutdown.
In Kent, planning approval has been given for £250m Ashford International Film Studios.
In Bristol, Developer First Base has submitted plans for a £175m mixed use development.
In Newcastle, the University has submitted plans for an Urban regeneration master plan.
In Sheffield, Godwin Developments has secured planning for a new BTR scheme. Also in Sheffield, a new academic building has cleared planning.
Plans to build a winter sports complex near Ipswich has received detailed planning approval.
Croydon Council’s housing development co, Brick By Brick, has submitted plans for 374 homes on 24 infill sites across the borough.
In Infrastructure, Birmingham City Council has given planning approval for HS2’s Curzon Street station. HS2 has also put out tenders for all of its escalators and lifts; valued at £465m. Elsewhere, WSP has been re-appointed to Leeds Citry Council’s highways framework.
PEGASUS RADIO
OK, I’ve been busy on the podcast recently - this week we bring you three epsiodes!
In this episode I am joined by a fascinating chap called Will Squires. Will is an Associate Director in the Digital Cities and Infrastructure team at Atkins. Will and his colleagues essentially look at the future of the built environment; both how we will use and live in it in the future and how we will construct it. This is a fascinating chat, looking at how Covid-19 has perhaps accelerated some change and a wider look at what the future holds for the built environment.
In this episode, I am joined by Rob Wilson. Rob is based in Vancouver and is a Director of BTY; a global consultancy with 17 offices across Canada, the US and Europe. Rob gives us an understanding of how Covid 19 has effected both Vancouver and the rest of Canada and how this has effected Construction.
Given my job, I have an unprecedented level of access to information on what the consultancy market is doing to respond to the crisis; In this episode I give an overview of what consultancies are doing in regard to Pay, furloughing, lay offs, redundancies, as well as their workload and recruitment
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Here are this week’s industry insights.
Pandemic cities: how will coronavirus shape urban life? – thinking city //
Record number of tower completions in London last year
Investors back rental housing
Larry Fink Sees More Remote Work Hampering Commercial Real Estate
How coronavirus is driving new workplaces and workforces
Record investment volumes in Europe for Q1 2020 as impact of Covid-19 awaits to be seen
Strong work pipeline boosts hope of fast post-covid recovery | Construction Enquirer News
Supply chain capacity likely to be biggest risk to industry post Covid-19, warns Arcadis | Infrastructure Intelligence
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Sadly lacking tech news this week!
Atkins to verify safety of reactor protection software at Hinkley Point C | Infrastructure Intelligence
GREEN ISSUES
Short section again I am afraid!
WSP conducting feasibility study for zero emissions electricity generation | Infrastructure Intelligence
Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown | Italy | The Guardian
INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Quick tour around the world!
IT'S TIME TO BUILD - Andreessen Horowitz
Singapore scrambles as Covid-19 tears through construction community - News - GCR
Chile greenlights $1.9bn of rail work over next three years - News - GCR
CAREER ITEMS
Here is your weekly hit of life and self improvement news!
How to Reframe a Negative Mindset and Shift Your Perspective
Coaching Your Team Through Uncertain Times
These days, adaptability is a must-have trait. Here’s how to spot it — and increase it – ideas.ted.com
Alexandra Baggallay considers options available for separated parents during COVID-19 in New Law Journal - Hunters Law LLP - London
Executives and Boards, Avoid These Missteps in a Crisis
Furloughed workers: Your questions answered
5 reasons we need emotionally intelligent leaders in times of crisis
Here’s what to expect during the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bill Gates
8 Actions You Can Take to Protect and Strengthen Your Mental Health During This Pandemic
Don't turn your home into school ... the Lego professor of play on lockdown learning
UNTIL NEXT WEEK...
Well that’s another issue wrapped up. Have a good week everyone, stay safe.
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