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The Pegasus Report - Issue #122

Welcome to this week's edition of the Pegasus Report! There is no getting away from the fact that the
July 27 · Issue #122 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pegasus Report!
There is no getting away from the fact that the construction industry has been hit incredibly hard over the last few months by the Coronavirus pandemic, but are we now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel? We have lots of interesting articles in this week’s ‘industry insights’ section about the recovery of the UK’s construction industry.

News Roundup
In the Midlands, Coventry City have announced plans to build a a visionary, environmentally friendly stadium. In NottinghamBuilding work is set to start this year on the first phase of a £650m The Island Quarter mixed-use development and is set to become a new landmark for the city with new homes, office space, a five-star hotel, retail and student accommodation.
In the North West, plans have been submitted for the final major £50m office project at the New Bailey scheme in Salford. The decision to press ahead will be a big boost to the Manchester commercial building market after the Covid-19 outbreak.
In the South East, the City of London Corporation has unveiled plans for a new court and police complex on Fleet Street. An agreement has been reached for a major £50m+ office refurbishment in the Square Mile. The 280 Bishopsgate building revamp expects to become only the second WELL Gold-certified building in London. Transport for London has put developers on notice for an ambitious plan to build up to a dozen high-rise blocks alongside Tube train tracks in Acton, west London. The plan for a long ribbon site will be brought forward in several phases to the south of Acton Town station.
On the South coast, Southampton City Council has approved plans to deliver hundreds of much-needed new affordable homes worth an estimated £144m.
In the South West, a £37m new commercial office in Swindon town centre has been given the go ahead.
In Yorkshire, the green light has been given for a £40m student accommodation scheme in Leeds.
In the North East, work to restore the world’s oldest working suspension bridge will begin next month. The 200-year-old Union Chain Bridge links England and Scotland and was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1820.
In Scotland, local authorities are being given funding to support the rapid deployment of infrastructure that prioritises buses. The Scottish government is providing £10m for the initiative.
Across England and Wales, Kier has secured work on 13 school projects as the Government presses to ramp up school building. The mix of new build, conversions and refurbishment projects are together worth £170m and will provide facilities for 11,304 pupils.
In infrastructure, £589m of funding was confirmed last week to kickstart work on the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester, by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The establishment of a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council dedicated to accelerating vital infrastructure projects and better connecting communities across the north’s towns and cities has also been announced.
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Industry Insights
New figures offer hope to UK construction | Article | KHL
Covid-19: Can we build our way out of this (Part 2)?
Consumer Confidence Key in Recovery - UK Construction Online
CIOB seeks views on post-pandemic growth inquiry – Construction Manager
Build back better – learning from lockdown - UK Construction Online
Lockdown revisited: UK construction rises to the challenge
Mayoral Taskforce calls for urgent construction investment in London - PropertyWire
Industrial Developers Set New Records As Distributors Look Past The Pandemic
Britain’s housing need and the role of Build to Rent | Online | Property Week
What will post-covid office construction look like? – Construction Manager
RICS removes material uncertainty clause for London offices | Online | Property Week
UK housing market: post-lockdown house prices surge in 'mini-boom' as stamp duty holiday fuels demand, says Rightmove | Homes and Property
Place North West | CRACKING ON: Manchester's construction boom continues
New report outlines aviation design changes post Covid-19
First Chief Inspector of Buildings to be recruited this year | Construction Enquirer News
What is the future of skills in construction?
Bartlett School of Architecture spotlights 10 standout student projects
Tokyo Olympics postponement leaves UK firms in limbo - BBC News
Crossrail could need even more money and time | Construction Enquirer News
Main contractors donate training levy to small firms | Construction Enquirer News
Construction leaders launch Covid-19 cost forecasting tool | Construction Enquirer News
Tender prices at tipping point to fall | Construction Enquirer News
Amey and Interserve set for £200m MoD housing upgrade | Construction Enquirer News
Nothing can stop the demise of the High Street so turn shops into homes days think tank - About Manchester
Dundee Uni and Costain join construction efficiency project
Professions unite to condemn ‘disgraceful’ expansion of PD rights | News | Building
HS2 backs project bank accounts on key contracts | Construction Enquirer News
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
New LEED guidance from USGBC helps cities and communities expand resilience efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic | Building Design + Construction
Decarbonising social housing: “a pilot won’t fly” in the North West - About Manchester
Apple aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Could construction? - - GCR
Consultation for low carbon economy launched
Covid recovery is construction’s green opportunity – Construction Manager
These real estate developers are serious about helping Mother Nature
Inside the Empire State Building’s Energy Transformation | Propmodo
Technology News
This week’s tech news.
Offsite construction can become the “new normal”
Costain-Skanska mandates smart ear defenders across its sites – Construction Manager
Digital collaboration pushed front and centre in design developm0ent
International Stories
Our global round-up.
To boost recovery, New York City should end the zoning insanity
New York tenders offshore wind project
Turner & Townsend puts Anooj Oodit in charge of Asia business - Companies - GCR
China’s “sponge” airport with paper-thin roof is finished - News - GCR
Construction costs decrease for first time in 10 years | Construction Dive
Eastmed gas pipeline construction gets nod | Article | KHL
Career Items
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced government guidance will change from 1 August meaning that employers in England will soon have more freedom to decide whether staff should return to their place of work. How do you feel about returning to work from the office?
Coronavirus: Can my boss force me to go back to work? - BBC News
Don’t Work on Vacation. Seriously.
17 Sacrifices the Best Leaders Willingly Make for Their Team |
6 ways to get the most out of a new mentor-mentee relationship
What the office lunch hour will look like when we return to work
Staying Optimistc During Chaotic Times…
Until Next Week..
Thanks as always for reading, have a great week.
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