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The Pegasus Report - Issue #129

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Well, honestly, I had hoped that September would have see an upswing in activity; candidly it hasn't
 
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The Pegasus Report
Well, honestly, I had hoped that September would have see an upswing in activity; candidly it hasn’t yet; lets hope it is the summer hangover and by the end of this week there will be more activity!
That said, we have a bumper issue for you this week!

NEWS ROUNDUP
A busy week in Yorkshire! Work has begun to transform a road in Leeds city centre road into a new £1.7m park and green space. At Leeds Bradford Airport, artists impressions have been released showing what the inside of the new £150m terminal will look like, it has been designed to “excellent” BREEAM standards, which means it will be one of the most environmentally-friendly terminals anywhere in the world. There are some major projects coming to Leeds over the next few years, see a round-up here. In Hull, work is set to start om a £16m contract to build the new St Anne’s Special School and supported housing development in Hessle. In Bradford, contractor auditions will soon start for the £18.5m redevelopment of the former Odeon Cinema into a 4000-capacity live entertainment and events venue.
In Scotland, Dundee City Council has entered into an exclusivity agreement with a company that plans to bring a 4,000 capacity esports arena to the Waterfront.
In the North West, work has started on a glass dome ‘meeting pod’ for the rooftop of a 1960s office building in city centre. In Liverpool work is due to start before the end of the year on the long-awaited £54m Liverpool Littlewoods Film and TV Studios.
In Birmingham, a massive BTR scheme (995 units) is set to start construction in Q1 of 2021.
In the South East, following the decreased demand due to Covid-19, London City Airport will be pausing its £500m expansion programme at the end of the year. In Bedfordshire, Willmott Dixon has secured another blue-light project to deliver an £18m custody suite for Bedfordshire Police. Plans have been unveiled for a new tower at 2 Finsbury Avenue at Broadgate, in London ahead of a planning submission in the autumn. Skanska has secured the £72m contract to build new offices in St James Square in London. A contract has been secured to complete the detailed design for the £22m redevelopment of Colindale Tube station on London Underground’s Northern line.
The government is set to invite bids for a new £12bn investment in affordable home building. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will launch a prospectus this week inviting bids for funding for 180,000 new homes. Construction will be delivered over five years from 2021 to 2026. Nearly £7.5bn will be delivered outside London by Homes England while the Greater London Authority has been offered £4bn.
The convenience retailer Co-op is set to launch over 65 stores new and extended stores, with more than 100 further outlets receiving major makeovers as part of a £130m store investment programme creating up to 1,000 local jobs over the coming months.

PEGASUS RADIO
In the latest meet the boss series, I am joined by Beth Revell, co owner of the recently established (January 2020!) The Blue Iris Partnership. This is a great chat where amongst other things we discuss why there are a lack of female leaders in the industry, how collaborating with other small consultancies is enabling their business to work in the public sector, which is traditionally dominated by the larger consultancies. Lastly we discuss Beth’s views on the future of the industry. I really enjoyed this chat; You can instantly feel Beth’s passion to changing the industry for the better and I think this episode will serve as a real inspiration for any women in the industry keen to progress to management.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Construction output slows, but positive momentum continues | Infrastructure Intelligence
UK economy continues recovery in July - BBC News
The level of client inquiries is amazing, now we just need them to commit | Comment | Building
Business focus: As staff return to offices, how different do workplaces look since lockdown started? | London Evening Standard
Turning our attention to recovery | Infrastructure Intelligence
Government pledges to increase number of affordable homes - BBC News
Will Covid-19 change the future of building design? -
Skyscrapers Give Way to Sheds as Covid Changes U.K. Real Estate
Prefab: Construction’s secret weapon against COVID-19 | Building Design + Construction
Covid-19 Has Raised the Question: Why Do We Design Buildings? | ArchDaily
London tops list of office investment in global cities
Brick and block sales bounce back at Forterra | Construction Enquirer News
Construction consultancy, JB Associates, launches 'Building Futures' mentoring scheme -
HS2 | What key sites look like as main construction begins - New Civil Engineer
Architecture firm designs co-living concept responding to housing crisis in city-centres -
Magnox nuclear clear-up cost soars to £9bn | Construction Enquirer News
CBI urges private sector to bridge the infrastructure funding gap
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
This week’s technology news.
The way we work: project management’s digital transformation | Turner & Townsend
Construction manufacturers urged to ‘digitise product data’
Industry views on tech’s role in constructing with Covid - - GCR
The promise and benefits of IoT in the construction sector
How construction can invest wisely in technology – Construction Manager
GREEN ISSUES
There is lots of news in our ‘green’ section this week, from mini towns to enviromentally friendly concrete and how building to net-zero standards by 2025 doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Future London: could sustainable "mini towns" with homes, parks and cycle routes be the answer for changing city lifestyles? | Homes and Property
Savills Blog | The huge rise in cycling since Covid-19 is breathing new air into London's streets
Study reveals building to net-zero standards doesn’t cost a fortune
Seven in 10 M&E firms lack low carbon skilled workers | Construction Enquirer News
Build back better with timber -
Bad environments contribute to one in eight deaths in Europe, study says - News - GCR
Construction lobby group demands meeting with energy minister over climate emergency | News | Building
How companies are trying to make concrete more environmentally friendly | The Independent | Independent
China is rapidly building a world-beating wind energy revolution | WIRED UK
New Arizona highrise takes sustainable luxury to another level
INTERNATIONAL STORIES
This week’s global news.
Google proposes 40-acre redevelopment that includes nearly 2,000 housing units | Building Design + Construction
China approves $10bn plan to build four nuclear reactors - News - GCR
Work gets under way on Canada’s tallest inhabited building - News - GCR
Proposal could put the Port Authority Bus Terminal underground
Facebook to Build Largest Hyperscale Data Center Singapore Has Seen | Data Center Knowledge
“Great, light filled space”: Vaulted new roof of Australia’s busiest station unveiled - News - GCR
Watch the first section of The Link lifted into place on One Za’abeel
CAREER ITEMS
This week’s first article is definitely worth five minutes of your time.
Oliver Burkeman's last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life | Life and style | The Guardian
At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here's what I want to pass on | Elliot Dallen | Opinion | The Guardian
6 key traits leaders must develop for the future of work
Netflix boss: Remote working has negative effects - BBC News
9 Tips to Increase Concentration Levels - Michael Hyatt
How to tell your boss you’re not ready to return to the office
Tackling workplace absence in the construction sector | Construction News
GitLab’s radical vision for the future of remote work
What our virtual summer internship taught us about nurturing the next generation
3 ways to improve your time management skills
Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate
The one characteristic that will make you an all-star according to science
3 Unexpected Things You Can Do to Be Happier at WorkPick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
What Day Is It? Why You’re Not Sure And 7 Ways To Get A Grip
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
Have a great week!
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