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The Pegasus Report - Issue #135

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Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report! It has been another very busy week here at Pegasus, we are cer
 
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report! It has been another very busy week here at Pegasus, we are certainly seeing a surge in construction activity in the North.
On with the news…!

News Roundup
In the North West, the green light has been given for 650 apartment scheme in Liverpool. Also in Liverpool, one of the major gateways into the city, Lime Street, is to undergo a £47m radical revamp, it will improve access for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers. In Salford a contractor has been named for a £70m residential scheme, two blocks, one of 14 and one of 17 storeys, will provide 280 apartments. In Salford Quays a £75m 29 storey, tower, Anchorage Quay, has been approved by planners. In Manchester, plans to add a seven-storey extension to the rear of the grade two-listed Old Bank Building have been approved by the City Council. Co-op Live has also been given the green light by Manchester City Council, it will become the UK’s largest arena. Plans have been submitted for for a four-storey building and car park in Manchester city centre with two office towers linked by a glasshouse. In Rochdale an £8.3m grant has been given by the National Lottery to fund the restoration of  the Town Hall. In Bamber Bridge, land has been acquired for the expansion of the Wren Green development.
In the South East, planning permission has been given for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre. Along with 1,864 new homes the scheme will deliver an integrated public services hub comprising new state-of-the-art health facilities, library, retail and workspaces. Work has started on the £50m contract to build The Oak Cancer Centre at The Royal Marsden in London.  The green light has been given for a 20-home scheme in North Kensington on the banks of the Grand Union Canal. Crossrail trial running, a vital testing phase of the Crossrail project should be underway before the end of March. The University of Oxford has been granted investment of £200 million worth of funding, it will provide a new science building with the university’s departments of zoology, plant sciences and experimental psychology. Turner & Townsend have had a major win after picking up the QS and PM roles on a scheme to revamp the Ritz Hotel in London’s Piccadilly
In the South West, a contract has been awarded for a new 6 storey office building in the heart of Bristol’s commercial district.
On the South coast, a contract has been awarded for the preliminary works contract for the proposed £1.7bn upgrade of the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down including a tunnel under Stonehenge. A London-based developer has submitted plans for a hotel and residential scheme on Fisherman’s Dock next to Poole’s marina in Dorset. The project will see the construction of 228 flats in three blocks next to a 118-bed boutique hotel with rooftop restaurant and bar.
In Wales a £16.5m renovation of the Pantycelyn student hall of residence for Aberystwyth University has been completed. A new £23 million integrated Health and Wellbeing Village in Bridgend is to get an £18 million funding boost from the Welsh Government.
In the West Midlands, plans have been submitted to construct the world’s tallest pure octagonal residential building at the Paradise site in Birmingham and lans for a “state-of-the-art” new medical centre in the middle of Wednesbury are moving forward, with work expected to start next year.
In Scotland, a main contractor has agreed a £161m contract price for a new Aberdeen cancer and maternity hospital, work on the landmark project is set to start next month. The construction of a second golf course at President Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire resort has been approved.
Deals worth a combined £16.5m to build border control posts at British ports as the UK gets ready for Brexit have been annouched. Three new border control posts will be built at ports in Plymouth, Hull and Immingham for Associated British Ports (ABP), which operates 21 ports around the UK and manages around a quarter of the country’s overseas trade.

Industry Insights
How the UK construction industry is bouncing back
Construction furlough levels drop faster than other sectors
City of London seeks to ‘reinvent itself’ after pandemic
Construction contract awards rise by 21.2% in September
Crucial winter ahead for construction
‘Greatest threat in a generation’ faces UK’s heritage buildings
Brexit Supporting French Rush To Buy London Homes
Landsec signals non-core sell-off and office development in the regions
HSE dust inspections also testing COVID compliance
John Lewis to launch savings accounts and enter ‘build to rent’ housing market
City of London wants 20% of office tenants to be new
London housebuilders are pocketing the biggest new-build profits
UK targets billions in foreign investment through Stevenage superzone
The fall of WeWork, the startup that wanted to change the world
Shetland spaceport boosts UK's plans for launch
Oxford Street would be massively improved by replacing buses with travelators
Costain explores hydrogen transport through gas network
Improving Major Project Delivery: The Project Initiation Routemap
Autumn 2020 UK Market Report
Skills shortage lays bare crucial role of digital engineering in economic recovery
Aviva Investors reveals £10bn infrastructure and real estate drive
Pegasus Radio
In this episode, I chat with Steve Allcoat, five months into his journey as Managing Director of Callidus, a Leeds based multi-discipline consultancy; originally founded as a Health & Safety consultancy, but now much more diverse in it’s offering. In this episode you will hear about;
How Callidus have actually been operating with a remote team well before Covid and the benefits it has brought
How and why Steve was given the MD role in his early 30s and importantly why his previous roles had made him ready to take it on
Why Steve believes technology is going to change the industry for the better
His career lessons and what he would advise others to do to advance their careers.
Technology News
We have a bumper technology section for you this week!
Can a watertight home be built in one day?
Flood-resistant homes built on raised piles
Oil companies use cooling technology to continue Arctic drilling
Digitalisation how covid-19 is driving change in construction
Top 10 technology trends in the construction industry
Infographic and survey to help you plot digital construction journey and define next steps
Machines to 'do half of all work tasks by 2025'
Capital planning in an unpredictable world
New technologies and techniques can ‘future-proof’ buildings
Thinking beyond the station: the art of delivering transport nodes with Modern Methods of Construction
AI that scans a construction site can spot when things are falling behind
AL_A reveals plans for world's first magnetised fusion power plant
BIM: The innovation shaping the future of construction
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
How we could save $4 billion in building energy costs—without any renovations
Tackling sustainability scepticism in the construction industry
Six simple rules for more sustainable brick construction
Construction industry needs fast paced change on carbon effort
Taking action: Tackling carbon emissions from buildings
Architects target zero-carbon fit-out
Climate change: 'Cooling paint' could cut emissions from buildings
5 Reasons To Back Offshore Wind Research & Development Now
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Commonwealth Pier revitalization project begins construction in Boston’s Seaport
Lendlease bags $708m Brooklyn residential project
Phase I of Dubai Maritime City to be complete by Q1, 2021
Builders freeze ground to start digging world’s longest rail tunnel under the Alps
Construction of world's longest tunnel, Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, begins.
Elon Musk's plan for Vegas Loop system one step closer to reality
Skanska signs for Oslo metro ground works
China’s $5.4bn scheme to transmit solar power from Tibet
Ireland lockdown: construction allowed to continue
Construction after COVID-19: The new normal for real estate development
Career Items
I do like to see innovative ways of attracting a new generation to the construction industry. This week’s first article is about eight schools in Hampshire that have been lucky enough to receive a unique LEGO Education.
The man saving the construction industry with LEGO
Ahead of the curve
Trusting your employees at home 'repays in spades', says Lara Poloni
Only 8% of Employees Want to WFH All the Time
Showcase these 5 essential skills to show you’re a standout remote worker
3 simple ways to stop being a perfectionist and become more productive
Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies
Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks
The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time
5 science-backed ways to find happiness right now
The Art Of The Follow-Up: What To Do When You Say The Wrong Thing In A Meeting
Listening to your heart might be the key to conquering anxiety
To Seem More Competent, Be More Confident
Agents of change: the role of men in improving diversity
Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager
Storytelling Can Make or Break Your Leadership
Why People Quit Their Jobs
Why you should still take vacation time during the pandemic
Your Board Needs a Data-Integrity Committee
The 3 questions this CEO uses to weed out jerks
Meeting the needs of a diverse workforce - does one size fit all?
Until Next Time...
Have a great week ahead.
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