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The Pegasus Report - Issue #137

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Once again we find ourselves in strange times, I hope you are all safe, healthy and finding as many p
 
November 9 · Issue #137 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Once again we find ourselves in strange times, I hope you are all safe, healthy and finding as many positives as you can this November.
Hopefully this week’s bumper Pegasus Report will give you ten minutes downtime with a cuppa, there are lot’s of positive articles to hopefully keep you up-beat!

News Roundup
In the North West, an ambitious £50m plan to transform Southport has been submitted to the Government as part of the Southport Town Deal. Construction has started on the first phase of a £120m 500-home development on the site of the former Castle Irwell student village in Salford. In Gorton, work has started on delivering 45 shared ownership houses on the site of the former vehicle factory. In Preston, the green light has been given to develop 294 luxury flats across four blocks in the city centre, as part of its strategy to deliver 1,500 homes in the UK by 2025. Construction of a 500-home urban village on the edge of Manchester has commenced,  the £120m development is on a swoop of land bounded by the River Irwell that was once the site of Manchester Racecourse.
In the South East, London’s Mayor has approved plans to build a 19-storey tower at the Paddington central scheme in West London. As part of a £150 million project, building work has begun on London Gatwick Airport’s huge new railway station concourse, as the first train arrived at one of the platforms that has been rebuilt. The City of London has given the green light to an eight-storey office block close to Barbican tube station. Plans have been confirmed to transform Exchange Square at the Broadgate office complex into a new 1.5 acre public park for London. In East London, construction is set to start next year to build to build London’s largest film and TV production centre, Dagenham film studios.
In the South West, the go-ahead for a £130m contract to complete the final phase of the refurbishment of the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil has been given. A £4m programme to reduce the carbon and ecological footprint in Bristol has been approved, it is designed to be an ambitious yet achievable response to the climate and ecological emergencies.
In the Midlands, a contractor has been appointed to undertake the detailed design and build of the new £56m Birmingham University Station. In Dudley, work is under way on the £24m Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre, at the old Dudley Train Station in Castle Hill.
In Yorkshire, a contractor has appointed by the University of York to build a new research centre as part of its £35m investment by the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy. In North Yorkshire, Willmott Dixon has been appointed to a £7 million contract to build a crematorium on the outskirts of Thirsk. In Leeds, work has started on the latest phase of a £50m residential development in Hunslet, the development will comprise 95 apartments over two mills.
In Infrastructure, the main construction work on the North West’s latest motorway upgrade, along the M56 in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, will get underway this month. The four-mile section of motorway between junction 6 at Hale and junction 8 at Bowdon is one of the busiest in the North West – carrying 100,000 vehicles a day as part of the important corridor between Manchester and Manchester Airport and the Midlands.

Industry Insights
Rise in construction sector brightens UK economic gloom
Housebuilding projects prop up the construction sector
‘Robust’ increase in new construction orders in October
Construction Industry Council - CLC - Keep working safely through lockdown
Covid to cost construction one third of a million jobs
Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive of Great Portland Estates, discusses the shape of the economic recovery
Bank of England injects extra £150bn into economy
Nightingale hospital designers lead winners at British Construction Industry Awards
TfL boss warns against scrapping London infrastructure projects
Modular manifesto
'Regeneration' is too often an unfair fight between local people and global finance
Planning system not broken, Construction Industry Council tells ministry
Councils cut conservation services by half in a decade
Crossrail 2 falls victim to £1.8bn TfL bailout
England lockdown: trade body issues ‘letter of proof’ for workers
Three things we must do now to ‘build back better’
Find out what the workplace of the future is going to look like
How can shopping centres recover from the pandemic?
Terminal change: How airports can rebuild confidence from customers and investors
Diversity: we’re on the precipice of real change
Pegasus Radio
In this episode, I am joined by Rennie Dalrymple of Concert; the new name of Bruce Shaw London. In this wide ranging chat, we discuss;
Why the change of name and why Concert.
How to best deal with the ongoing challenges of Covid.
Rennie’s thoughts on the future of the office.
Why they are pursuing a sensible growth rate and their plans for expanding into Europe.
Choosing projects carefully and the danger of taking on very long projects for a small consultancy.
The danger of escalating salaries for the industry.
Rennie’s thoughts on the future of the industry, including MMC and why a focus on Whole Life Cycle costing is critical.
Lastly why the industry is still not doing enough to sell itself to those at school and Higher Education age.

Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Digital building library Tallhouse to "revolutionise construction industry"
Legal battles: Zooming into the future
Hilti unveils BIM-enabled construction robot for mobile ceiling work
Digital Construction Summit 2020: Nine things we learned
HS2 robot arms reduce risk to tunnellers
How the interiors sector is planning a digital revolution
Building amid a pandemic: MMC leads the way
The apps making life easier for the construction industry
Bjarke Ingels Group and Icon selected by Nasa for space-based construction
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Keltbray trials excavator fuelled by vegetable oil
Climate crisis: Cities made of wood could store huge amounts of carbon and cut construction emissions, study suggests
Battery-powered construction trucks on sale next year
Dubai Ruler approves ‘Green’ projects worth $1.8 billion
Environmental responsibility from the construction industry
Building cities with wood would store half of cement industry's current carbon emissions
Taking green building mainstream: The top ten biggest trends in sustainable construction
Climate emergency: it’s time for construction to declare
International Stories
This week’s global round up.
Construction of new Brussels metro station begins
Poland starts assembling land for $7bn international airport
Women in charge at Skanska’s first office scheme in Los Angeles
Vinci team lands $1.5bn Sydney Gateway contract
Data center construction market continues to boom around the U.S
China begins work on $21bn refinery in Shandong Province
5 major infrastructure projects in need of repair in the U.S
Career Items
The days are shorter and another lockdown is upon us, many of us are feeling the weight of it all, hopefully some of this week’s articles will share some ideas about remaining resiliant through the tough times.
How to Thrive When Everything Feels Terrible
Seven Ways To Keep A Cool Head During Lockdown
Construction Can’t Afford Mental Health Meltdown
Tips to boost your energy for pandemic and remote work fatigue
How to keep staff motivated remotely
Be a 'secret agent' and other new ways to exercise
Activities that help you be happier, smarter, and more emotionally aware
Why serendipitous interactions in the office made us feel productive
Got free-floating anxiety? There’s a name for it and specific strategies to cope
Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Get Through the Workday.
How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Virtual work with colleagues is hard. Remote relationships with clients are harder
What will the post-pandemic office look like?
A pool, free wi-fi and no kids: it’s great to be WFH (working from hotel)
This Office Landlord Is Betting CEOs Will End Work-From-Home
National campaign inspires engineers of the future
Fosters’ partner rejects complaints Tulip resembles ‘watchtower in prison camp’
Until Next week...
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