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The Pegasus Report - Issue #121

Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report. Here we are already at the first week of the school summer h
July 20 · Issue #121 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report. Here we are already at the first week of the school summer holidays for many, what plans do you have this summer?

News Roundup
In the North West, a trio of major schemes are progressing, Stanley Park Golf Club’s redevelopment, construction of a 40,000 sq ft factory in the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone and Blackpool Central leisure scheme have been voted forward by the council. In Manchester, plans have been submitted for a major commercial building that will form part of Manchester’s £1bn Mayfield masterplan.
In the South East, Housing minister Robert Jenricks has approved long-contested plans for a 17-storey block of flats in South London dubbed the ‘Purley skyscraper’. The London office market received a much-needed confidence boost last week with a £140m funding deal unveiled for an 11-storey scheme in Farringdon. In Edmonton, following years in the planning the North London Waste Authority is finally inviting bids to build a £638m waste-to-energy plant at its Edmonton EcoPark site. Planning is underway to begin construction on the HS2 Euston station terminus site to start its £1.3bn main works contract. Plans for the £200m redevelopment of Guildford Station have finally advanced after a deal to forward fund nearly 100 build to rent flats on the scheme. Planning permission has been given for 527 flats at White City in West London, the proposals at Centre House include two landmark 22-storey and 32-storey buildings and a new curved crescent of housing. A £252m forward funding deal to accelerate the delivery of the second and final phase of Lewisham Gateway, one of the largest regeneration schemes in the South East was agreed last week. Outline plans have just been submitted to Tower Hamlets Borough Council for approval by Canary Wharf Group for a 3.8m sq ft development on the North Quay site.
In the Midlands, one of the country’s best-connected strategic locations and home to the HS2 Interchange Station has today launched its ambitious masterplan to create a new £3dn business, leisure and housing district. The 346-acre Arden Cross site has the potential to deliver a £1bn boost to the economy and deliver up to 3,000 new homes and up to 6m sq ft of commercial development.
In Cambridge, a £200million office scheme is in the pipeline for Cambridge beside Arm’s global headquarters.
In Scotland,  a £15m Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is set to move forward, The Inchinnan project will be located near Glasgow Airport will ensure the UK is a technology and innovation leader in small molecule pharmaceutical and fine chemical manufacturing.
In Infrastructure, the government is accelerating construction work on up to £170m of “shovel ready” flood defence schemes across the country. An influential group of leading contractors and organisations are calling on the Government to back the building of the £18bn Sizewell C nuclear power station as a pre-packed low carbon recovery project. The firms say that the Suffolk nuclear power station project would deliver an immediate economic stimulus if backed. In London, Mace and Atkins have secured key roles to help Thames Water deliver its £9bn investment programme for the AMP7 period.
Pegasus Radio
In this episode, I am joined by Jonathan Smith of Alinea Consulting. Jonathan has been a QS for over 40 years, and in our chat he talks about the early days as a QS, through to when he first used a computer, and the ongoing evolution of the quantity surveying discipline. We look to the future and discuss the challenges the discipline has to stay relevant and continue to develop in an ever changing technological landscape. This is a must listen for young QSs, but also for anyone interested in the development of the profession. Here is Jonathan’s original post on Linkedin that prompted me to organise our chat
In this episode we discuss the dilemma many face about taking a step back to take a step forward. I talk through in depth why the following may be good reasons for considering doing so: 
  • You have the wrong badge relative to the market 
  • You are underpaid for that level 
  • You have hit a glass ceiling where you are 
  • You are concerned about the viability of your current employer 
  • You are fundamentally unhappy where you are  

Industry Insights
Rebuilding UK construction to ensure its future -
Construction starts climb-back after cliff-edge output fall
Materials check: tackling supply shortages and ‘panic buying’ of plaster
Construction not expected to reach pre-covid levels until end of 2022, fresh data suggests
The effects of COVID-19 on the data centre industry - Intelligent Data Centres
Architects asked to rethink railway stations
Student rooms developer gears up to build again
UK industry groups call for building control reform
Rising demand for groundworkers signals V-shaped recovery
Animations urge construction workers to be Covid-19 smart in free time and work time -
Place North West | Lidl seeks 60 new sites each year
Consultants eye decade-long east London framework worth £550m | News | Building
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Coronavirus: How can we make post-pandemic cities smarter? - BBC News
Construction Industry Council - Driving construction forward with tech & standards
Drone technology’s role in Highways England’s roadmap to digital revolution
Green Issues
Lot’s of green news for you this week.
Modular homes in Greenwich will be ‘greenest in UK’
McDonald's takes net zero vision to Disney World
Engineers encouraged to have more imput on sustainable buildings
Task group to ‘demystify’ procurement of renewable energy & offsets
Construction starts on UK-Denmark Viking Link interconnector
Boris Johnson says newts are a drag on the UK’s economy. Here’s why he’s wrong | Environment | The Guardian
Wood you believe timber has big role to play in cutting carbon emissions? | The Scotsman
International Stories
This week’s global round up
Sydney will be home to the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower | Building Design + Construction
Coronavirus: How the financial shockwave is affecting jobs and money - BBC News
Trump to ‘speed up’ infrastructure projects | Article | KHL
5 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is the Future of Work
Sierra Leone reveals plans for $1.4bn port and industrial zone - News - GCR
BAM gets go-ahead for Falklands port
Career Items
As more people return to the office, have you noticed any positive post lockdown changes to your workplace?
3 ways the pandemic could change our workplaces for the better
Out of office: has the homeworking revolution finally arrived? | Books | The Guardian
How to promote yourself without sounding obnoxious
7 Tips From An Astronaut On How To Master Remote Work
3 science-backed methods for convincing your boss of something
How the WFH revolution can actually improve inclusion and emotional well-being
How to make your workweeks feel more interesting
Support a Colleague Who’s Been Laid Off
Which face coverings are best for preventing jobsite coronavirus spread? | Construction Dive
Until Next Week...
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