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The Pegasus Report - Issue #124

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Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report. There has been lots of news over the last week about the bigge
 
August 10 · Issue #124 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report.
There has been lots of news over the last week about the biggest overhaul to the UK’s planning system that there has been since its introduction in 1947. The changes have been met with a mixed reception, it will be interesting to see how it develops. Read more about the new plans and the reactions to it in the ‘industry insights’ section below.

News Roundup
In North East Lincolnshire, multi million pound plans to redevelop a derelict theme park in Cleethorpes have been unveiled. The new £57m attraction will include a holiday village, with a hotel, food outlets, lodges, and supermarket.
In the North West, planning has been given for two 52-storey towers in Manchester, providing over 890 flats. The £294m scheme is the latest phase of the Manchester contractor’s 1.1ha Crown Street development. In Manchester city centre the government is to contribute millions to fund Manchester’s first city-centre park in 100 years, as part of a series of investments in outdoor spaces in response to the coronavirus crisis. The £23m pledged by the government for the project is to come from the government’s £900m Getting Building fund to increase jobs, skills and infrastructure in England in the wake of the pandemic.
In Macclesfield, construction of the new £26m Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre has commenced and is due for completion at the end of 2021. In Crewe, plans have been unveiled for new 40-acre warehouse scheme. The scheme will see construction of 803,000 sq ft of new industrial warehouse space.
In South Yorkshire, Rotherham Council has picked Willmott Dixon to build three town centre housing developments totalling 171 homes. The homes for Rother Living are being delivered as part of Rotherham Council’s ambitious housing growth programme.
In London, a £100m+ Kingston Uni student halls deal has reached financial closure, the project will see the refurbishment of 1, 216 existing rooms and the addition of 117 new rooms on the University’s Kingston Hill and Seething Wells sites.
In infrastructure, the £123m upgrade of Beckton sewage works in London has been secured by Laing O'Rourke. The three-year upgrade, due to start early next year, is the first major contract awarded under Thames Water’s AMP7 schedule. In Kent & Sussex, Kier Highways has bagged an eight-year deal to maintain the road network in a contract worth £160m.
Industry Insights
Construction activity races along at fastest pace for nearly five years | News | Building
London to remain top investment location post pandemic | Online | Property Week
Construction’s return quicker than expected, but uncertainty remains – Construction Manager
Bank of England: Coronavirus downturn less severe than feared - BBC News
2021 workload rebound but to 6.4% below pre-Covid level | Construction Enquirer News
Build to rent construction on the up - PropertyWire
300 “shovel ready” schemes get £900m funding boost | Construction Enquirer News
More than 600 consultants fight to win framework places | Construction Enquirer News
How the planning system shake-up will affect UK housing | Planning policy | The Guardian
Planning revolution to open housing market to smaller builders | Construction Enquirer News
Race to the bottom: reform to planning system in England could be catastrophic | Art and design | The Guardian
Hackitt slams industry’s ‘wait and see’ stance on building safety | Construction Enquirer News
UKIS Engage: Construction Business Survival - UK Construction Online
Warning over construction furlough fraud – Construction Manager
Covid will force us to reimagine the office. Let's get it right this time | Coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian
Designing & Building a Post-COVID-19 Workplace
The need for a cost standard for hotel construction
Green Issues
The result of lockdown across the world has had an incredible environmental impact. It has been reported that between March and July carbon dioxide emissions in the UK dropped by 30 million metric tons due to reduced travel and power consumption. What lessons can we take from the pandemic that will help us care for the environment in the future?
COVID-19 reduces UK carbon emissions by 30 million metric tons
Timber frame construction and sustainability
Concrete firms push for pollution eating roads | Construction Enquirer News
Mace to project manage innovative rooftop solar PV scheme – Construction Manager
Silva Cell “Leeds” the way in Sovereign Square: Case Study | DeepRoot Blog
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Covid-19 can leave construction with a digital legacy
Helgolandkai: BIM pilot project in port construction
Landsec develops net-zero carbon commercial building | Built Environment | Construction Global
Buildots secures $16m in funding for AI developments | Online | Property Week
International Stories
This weeks global news.
Australia backs plan for world’s biggest solar farm to power Singapore - News - GCR
Irish construction starts to bounce back
Vinci team wins €726m contract to rehabilitate Montreal’s Lafontaine tunnel - News - GCR
New Genoa bridge opens less than two years after collapse
Acciona, Aecom and Aurecon win western Australia’s largest infrastructure project - News - GCR
Singapore is getting the world’s tallest modular buildings - News - GCR
TikTok to open $500m data centre in Ireland - BBC News
Tokyo eyes 260m-high twin towers for Shinjuku station - News - GCR
Career Items
A little bit of fun to start off our careers section this week, are you tiring of your work from home view? A site called ‘Window Swap’ can provide you with a view of somewhere else in the world, a word of warning though , it’s quite addictive!
Addictive site Window Swap lets you pretend to work from other people's homes
Zoom took over the world. This is what will happen next | WIRED UK
It's time to build a more thoughtful work-from-home strategy
Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All - WSJ
Leadership – How businesses should come out of the lockdown - PropertyWire
10 things to do to make sure you ‘leave’ the office when you work from home
This simple but powerful analog method will rocket your productivity
Until Next Week...
That’s all for now, have a great week!
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