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The Pegasus Report - Issue #133

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Welcome this week's Pegasus Report. What a week! It would be fair to say we have been quite literall
 
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome this week’s Pegasus Report.
What a week! It would be fair to say we have been quite literally run off our feet! It’s great to see so many positive news articles about the recovery of the construction industry, long may it continue!
On with the news…!

News Roundup
In the South, planning go-ahead has been given for a £150m aviation fuel pipeline running from Southampton to London. Images of a proposed dramatic water feature for Mayfair Garden Square was unveiled last week. The Natural History Museum have published a notice for a contractor for a £20m deal to help it achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2035. In West London, above-ground construction has started on the new eleven storey Gateway Central building at White City Place. A £72m contract has been secured to build new offices in St James Square in London. Plans have been unveiled for a £5bn North London development, Brent Cross Town will have 6,700 homes, 3m sqft of office space and 50 acres of parkland. HS2 southern main works civils contractor has signed off the orders for the first two giant tunnelling machines for London’s HS2 tunnels.
In the South West, a modular construction firm has been chosen to deliver a new £33m COVID-19 hospital building in Cardiff to ensure capacity for patients in the event of a second spike in serious coronavirus cases. In Neath, six affordable modular homes are set to be maufactured as part of a wider 4,000-home development on the site of the UK’s first-ever oil refinery.
In the North West, work on the £130m New Victoria scheme in Manchester city centre has begun. Plans for a landmark 500,000 sq ft office scheme in Manchester city centre have been put forward. Last week the Government unveiled refined plans for the Western Leg of HS2 to Manchester, with expansion of both Manchester’s Piccadilly and Airport stations. In Burnley, plans have been unveiled for a £14m hospital scheme. In West Cumbria, construction is expected to start early next year on a £165m new coal mine scheme after planners gave the scheme the go-ahead last week. Liverpool City Council has selected a contractor for a £3.4m project to build temporary, pop-up, studios, work is set to start on site in November.
In Yorkshire, it has been announced that the Conservatives plan to open a second headquarters in Leeds. In South Yorkshire, as part of a large scale refurbishment, the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has upgraded the operating theatres at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, with only a 72-hour window to turnaround.

Industry Insights
Regional analysis show positive signs of recovery for construction
Construction output growth starts to normalise
Cautious welcome for September’s UK construction boost
Construction industry rallies in rebuilding Britain, finds Skrap survey
Construction buyers report September work surge
London office deals are starting to pick up
Now is the time for big infrastructure projects, says the IMF
The UK's retail parks were once the future. Now they look like drab relics of the past
Stark divide in how construction companies are coping with Covid-19
Outdoor learning gives children a healthy view of the world
Back to school: managing two education builds during a pandemic
Whitby: Hundreds of jobs created at Woodsmith Mine
Why Leeds and Yorkshire now need HS2 more than ever
RLB | How can we reset productivity and reinvent solutions to the productivity challenge?
Colliers International | Occupier Insights London Offices Market Update October 2020
Tim Hortons' UK expansion to create 2,000 jobs
Community wealth building key to post-Covid recovery, new report finds
Consultation Homepage - RICS Draft Professional Statement - Statement of ethical principles and rules of conduct, 1st edition
Third runway will not be built until 2030 – if Heathrow wins right to proceed
Pegasus Radio
Two for you this week!
In this episode I talk to Simon Marshall; founder and one of three owners of BIM UK Limited; a Leeds based Construction and Digital Consultancy.
Things you will get from this episode:
How BIM UK are a new age consultancy mixing construction consultancy with developing digital assets and software.
How and why BIM UK broke into a market typically reserved for the bigger consultancies and acquired the Commercial Assurance role for Yorkshire Water.
Their adoption of the Agile methodology and how it helped them grow from 10 to 55 staff in two years.
A must listen for those in small consultancies. 
This will be the first of a two-part mini series; this one is dedicated to what actions candidates should take to get the best from a recruiter.

Sponsorships: off for this episode

Technology News
We have a packed technology news section for you this week!
Smart Construction: What Does the Future Hold?
Bricklaying robot builds three-bedroom house
Offsite specialist launches hospital division
Transforming infrastructure operations for a hybrid-cloud world
BIG and NASA collaborate to design 3D-printed buildings for the moon
Smart buildings stand on good data
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030
How China could become a zero-carbon country by 2060
FM Conway uses electric bikes to deliver London site materials
Green construction language ‘must be accessible’
'This is the Everest of zero carbon' – inside York's green home revolution
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Scaling up: Turner & Townsend to lead construction of Sydney Fish Market, the city’s “next icon”
“10,000 man-months in two years”: Hill mobilises for world’s longest monorail in Egypt
Tower, mobile, crawler cranes still dominate skyline, Covid effects yet to be felt
Decades in the making, Venice’s controversial new sea defence system works – for now
In pictures: Zaha Hadid’s Hong Kong tower
Career Items
Primary school pupils across London are among the first to receive a unique new children’s book designed to inspire them to work in the construction industry, a great move in hopefully increasing future diversity within the sector.
School children handed new book on working in construction
A fresher’s guide to starting an architecture degree
Coronavirus in winter: 'This time of year is harder than lockdown'
Building Resilience
Home working here to stay, study of businesses suggests
You're Right! You Are Working Longer and Attending More Meetings
CIOB launches Mental Health in Construction online course
Excerpt: 5 ways to improve your chances of meeting success
5 morale-boosting strategies to try right now
Make Learning a Lifelong Habit
4 Reasons Talented Employees Don’t Reach Their Potential
How to tell if you should change jobs
Monty Don: ‘Everything about gardening is personal. It heals my troubled brain’
Do you ever feel like you’re not enough?
The 5 Books To Read If You Want To Transform Your Life
How to Collaborate with People You Don’t Like
Until Next Week...
Have a great week!
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