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The Pegasus Report - Issue #125

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Welcome to this weeks Pegasus Report! So, we are officially in a recession, this won't have come as a
 
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this weeks Pegasus Report!
So, we are officially in a recession, this won’t have come as a surprise to most, the financial impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown were unavoidable. On a positive note here at Pegasus we are starting to see our workloads grow again and more of us are back at our desks, let’s hope the industry will continue to gain traction over the coming months. See the construction industry reactions in this week’s ‘industry insights’ section.

News Roundup
In the Midlands, construction will commence shortly on enabling works for Walsall Manor Hospital’s new £36m Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit.
In the North West, Transport for the North has set out its initial plans for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to underpin greener Northern growth. The £5 billion investment includes rail, road, active travel and smart ticketing proposals. A £54m contract to build the first phase of The Manchester College’s learning centre of excellence for creative and digital industries has been granted. It will house two theatres, film studios, media, computing and editing suites, plus recording and photography studios, dance studios and rehearsal rooms. Plans have been put forward to redevelop a historic dockside site in Liverpool City Centre and bring affordable housing options to the iconic, former industrial location.
In London, a £5bn scheme for a new 5,000-home neighbourhood known as Thameside West in the Silvertown area of London’s Royal Docks have gained outline approval. Taylor Woodrow have landed a £100m contract at the North London Heat and Power Project, it is the largest deal awarded so far on North London Waste Authority’s plan to build a £1.2bn sustainable waste management hub at Edmonton EcoPark.
In Yorkshire, Galliford Try Building has won the main construction works contract for a £105m build-to-rent development on an old steelworks in Leeds. Hospitals in Leeds have been given more than £5 million to upgrade A&E departments ahead of winter, the Department for Health says money can be used to increase capacity, improve infection control, expand waiting areas and reduce overcrowding. Plans have been approved to build a £100m 32-storey student tower on a former Santander bank site in the heart of Leeds, it will provide a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate student accommodation. Plans for the first 213 flats and houses at the £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme in Leeds have been unveiled, ultimately, Kirkstall Forge will provide up to 1,450 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.

Industry Insights
UK figures point to construction recovery | Article | KHL
Construction output gain raises V-shape recovery hopes | Construction Enquirer News
Second covid-19 wave would not be as bad for construction as the first, Mace says | News | Building
A guide to construction in times of Covid-19
The Observer view on Tory fantasies about planning | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Historic drop in workloads but industry poised to recover | Infrastructure Intelligence
UK officially in recession for first time in 11 years - BBC News
UK economy in recession as GDP plunges by largest amount on record | News | Building
Derwent sees future in long-life, loose-fit offices | Construction Enquirer News
This too shall pass says Quinn, as virus sends Balfour Beatty into £24m half-year loss
Construction new orders reach all-time low
What is the future role of high streets and town centres? | Turner & Townsend
Affordable housing 'will diminish due to UK planning changes' | Politics | The Guardian
Laing O’Rourke completes first HS2 bridge in two days | Construction Enquirer News
Giant HS2 tunnelling machines unveiled | Construction Enquirer News
Costain and Willmott Dixon named among top 50 for equality | Construction News
Coronavirus outbreaks: what to do if your site is infected | Construction News
CIOB strengthens financial support offer for members – Construction Manager
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Falling cost of renewables opens opportunity to progress towards net-zero | Infrastructure Intelligence
COVID-19 Prompts Shift to Net Zero Projects - UK Construction Online
Industry calls for UK government to decarbonise rail by 2040 | Infrastructure Intelligence
Housebuilder disrupter gains net-zero certification | Construction News
Scientists turn the common brick into a battery with polymer coating - Innovation - GCR
Construction of new road made from waste plastic bags gets underway | The Scotsman
Power project could be 'devastating' for island seabirds - BBC News
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Digital technology supports HS2’s supply chain management
How can the construction industry optimise digital engineering?
From construction to engineering, the pandemic shows why digital transformation is more important than ever
The Era of Smart in Construction - Constructech
Tech that Can Get Construction to Work Safely - UK Construction Online
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Shanghai’s Colourful Answer to the High Line
World Cup and beyond: the future of construction in Qatar | Construction News
SpaceX plans luxury spaceport-cum-tourist resort for Texas village - News - GCR
Plans for £500m Commonwealth Games village abandoned | Construction Enquirer News
China plans $68bn transport spend to boost growth in Pearl River Delta - News - GCR
Bam to use off-site to build Marlet apartment block in Dublin’s Docklands - News - GCR
Astaldi, Hitachi and Webuild win €2.7bn Italian high-speed rail contract - News - GCR
South Africa readies ‘shovel ready’ projects
Career Items
Whilst many of us have spent a lot more time at home over the last few months be that working or on furlough it would be fair to say it has certainly been no holiday. This week’s first article looks at why taking time off is key to nurturing creative ideas.
Why taking time off is key to nurturing creative ideas
Thinking of Skipping Vacation? Don’t!
What’s Your Family’s Mission Statement?
Anxious About What’s Next? Here’s How to Cope.
How to lift your mood during the long-haul of remote work
Forget work-life balance: Modern workers must embrace work-life integr
This Mindset Matters as Much as Intelligence and Grit for Success | Inc.com
What to do when you’re stuck in a career rut
Mental Health in Construction Industry - UK Construction Online
Leading into the Post-Covid Recovery
Coronavirus: Redundancy 'stressful and upsetting' - BBC News
Until Next Week...
Have a great week!
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