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Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report. With the Covid-19 pandemic still dominating the headlines and
 
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still dominating the headlines and our lives it is clear that it is still creating unprecedented challenges for business and society, I hope everyone is managing to stay positive and focused.
On with the latest news!

News Roundup
In London, planners have given the go-ahead for a £1bn luxury hotel and serviced apartments complex in Kensington. The race is on for a £30m deal to carry out extensive M&E works at a south London hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust have put contractors on notice for the job at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. In Hatfield, the University of Hertfordshire has submitted plans to build a School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.
In Cambridge, developer First Base and railways pension scheme investment manager RPMI Railpen have acquired a three-acre site in Cambridge city centre for a new £155m 250,000 sq ft mixed-use neighbourhood.
In the North West, Wirral Council is inviting the public to shape a 15-year masterplan for New Brighton, which proposes an outdoor swimming pool and other developments to regenerate the seaside town. In Liverpool, plans for 650 apartments and a hotel in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle have been approved. Plans have surfaced to build a £40m, 250m long beach and surf resort with hotel at the Merseyside coastal town of Southport. Also in Merseyside, plans to build a £54m glass research and development centre have been backed with central Government and local council funding.
In the North East, designs for a major £450m regeneration of a former industrial area of Sunderland have been unveiled.
In Yorkshire, plans have been put in for a 2m sq ft super shed in Wakefield, the four-floor warehouse is expected to involve an investment of up to £120m creating around 100 construction jobs.
In the South West, planning has been put frward to develop a 51-bed build to rent scheme in Exeter.
In the Midlands, an ambitious plan to build two new Birmingham hospitals has been unveiled by the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The £442m project would provide a vital boost to the local economy as it looks to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In Scotland, work has started on a £26 million contract for two new Edinburgh schools. More than 50 consultants have won places on a £95m major new consultancy framework for Edinburgh following one of the most competitive procurement exercises ever held by the council. The move is expected to unlock up to £95m in architectural, engineering and project management contracts over the next four years.

Industry Insights
Covid crisis bringing construction closer together
Data centre sector weathering covid storm better than most, RLB says
Infrastructure to boom while building struggles, Arcadis warns
Faithful + Gould expects covid-19 impact after strong 2019
Cabinet Office turns screw on late paying contractors
Wates CEO: construction has had a ‘good crisis’ despite job losses | Construction News
Generation of construction workers could be lost without intervention
Masterplanning competition launched for huge £8bn Thamesmead regeneration scheme
Balfour Beatty signs open letter for black inclusion within business
Demand uncertainty could mean a two-speed construction sector
Two-thirds of contractors to increase MMC use post covid
900t HS2 bridge installed in 45 minutes
Stop playing this dangerous fire-safety blame game
City of London Firms Quietly Start to Rent Large Offices Again
Network Rail drafts in Mace for Project Alpha
IR35 changes confirmed for April 2021
Pegasus Radio
The episodes are starting to come thick and fast now! More to follow!
In the this episode of Meet the Boss, I am joined by Ian Higgs; Managing Director of Buro Four. This was a very candid and honest interview.. In this episode; 
Ian talks openly about the challenges the business has faced over the last few years, but also how they are now on a clear path moving forward. Their strategy to tackle the next twelve months; principally about level of secured fees and not going after certain sectors and projects that are more likely to be underbid by competitors. What will dictate when and if they open new offices. Ian talks about how hiring in the future will change, certainly for Buro Four; with more of a focus on the right leadership skills which may see them recruiting outside of the traditional talent pool. 
By far my , longest chat yet, but with lots of fascinating points; definitely one not to miss listening to.
In this episode, I speak with Alison Woodley, Senior Account Manager of Plowman Craven who have been instrumental in some of the largest London regeneration schemes such as at Kings Cross. In the is episode; We discuss future sectors that are likely to be busy Why there aren’t more female leaders What the industry must do to improve diversity and inclusion.



Sponsorships: off for this episode
Technology News
It’s all about the robots this week!
‘Robodog’ to fetch data on large or dangerous sites
Meet Jaibot, Hilti's new construction robot
Bricklaying robot completes two-storey building
Construction must evolve on from BIM to embrace digital twins
Post-Covid recovery needs to be digital
A force for good: Technology in design and construction
Construction hearing protection tech set for wider take-up
What construction can learn from watchmaking
Gleeds report shows industry turning to MMC to beat covid slowdown
Under Construction: Four tech trends transforming the way we work
Modular construction will make homes affordable
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Network Rail calls on supply chain to cut emissions
The house that cork built: is this the ultimate eco-friendly material?
Keltbray commits to earth-friendly concrete
Risk centricity is key to achieving net zero infrastructure | Infrastructure Intelligence
Dutch masters
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Haribo picks contractor for its largest factory
Atkins chosen for Saudi theme park
Dominica’s PM provides international airport update
Iran: Satellite photos show construction at nuclear site
Career Items
This week’s first article is very relevant to all leaders at the moment!
What It Takes to Lead Through an Era of Exponential Change
Arianna Huffington: Why This Is the Perfect Time to Redefine Success
5 ways to land a promotion (besides showing you’re a hard worker)
How to Give Tough Feedback That Helps People Grow
How to Stop Delegating and Start Teaching
Working from home ‘damaging Britain's creative potential and economic wellbeing’
4 highly effective ways to deal with anxiety
Until Next week..
Have a great week!
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