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The Pegasus Report - Issue #138

We have another packed edition for you, lots more positive news this week. Are we beginning to see t
November 16 · Issue #138 · View online
The Pegasus Report
We have another packed edition for you, lots more positive news this week. Are we beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Let’s hope so!

News Roundup
In the South East, London is to get it’s first Olympic size Ice rink, the £30m facility will be built in the Lee Valley Regional Park.  Plans have been submitted for a 33-storey office block in London’s Square Mile, the 155m tower will be stepped, with three glazed office elements split vertically with planted balconies giving the impression of three slender tapered towers. In South West London, plans for the first tall office project costing £100m in the heart of Brixton have been approved by local Lambeth Councillors. Bidding has begun for the £2bn Lower Thames Crossing tunnel contract, it is the largest single road investment project since the M25 was completed more than 30 years ago. Laing O’Rourke are to manufacture a total of 4,000 items offsite for use in the redevelopment of the Whiteleys centre in London, the redevelopment of the building, will transform the former Bayswater shopping centre into 139 homes; 20 shops, cafes and restaurants; a 100-bedroom hotel; and a cinema and gym. Buckley Gray Yeoman has retained the majority of the existing concrete frame and reinstated a key pedestrian route as part of a £29 million overhaul of an inner city block. In central London, construction is set to start in April 2021 on a redevelopment of a building behind the billboards in London’s Piccadilly Circus. In West Ham, construction of a £1bn development at TwelveTrees Park has begun,  with 3,838 new homes planned, along with shops, a community centre and a new home for the East London Science School. In St Albans the £13.4m contract for the second phase of the £62m redevelopment at Oaklands College has been awarded.
In the South West, construction of the North Devon Link Road project is set to start after the necessary funding was secured.
In the North East, plans have been unveiled to build a £90m heavy lift quay on the south bank of the River Tees to support the assembly and shipping of wind turbines for the North Sea. As part of Sunderland’s city centre regeneration plans images have been released of £100m offices set to dominate the Sunderland skyline. In Gateshead, a"transformational" £260m Gateshead Quays regeneration scheme has been given the go-ahead.
In Scotland, the government is making available over £500m in bus priority infrastructure to tackle the negative impact of congestion on bus services. Work has begun on a new centre for innovation in medicine after securing the £15m contract, The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) will be built in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, on a site near Glasgow Airport. 
In other news, a consortium led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK. It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England over the next five years.
Industry Insights
Is the Future of the UK Construction Industry Finally on the Up?
Architects report workloads back to 90% of pre-pandemic levels | News | Building
UK economy bounces back from recession
Green Shoots for Construction Through Covid-19
Construction must tap into next generation’s values and sense of purpose
Labour challenges Government to ‘Build it in Britain’
Construction employment drops to lowest level since 2013
How lockdown 2 is affecting the housing market
The pandemic isn’t the only challenge to construction in 2020
What is modular construction and is it the future of the construction industry?
Construction companies could lose self-employed workers from the EU
Why Prime London activity should surge
Virgin Hyperloop pod transport tests first passenger journey
Land Securities to continue construction on £957m pipeline
Concrete jungle: the brutalist buildings of northern England – in pictures
Druids face defeat as bulldozers get set for Stonehenge bypass
RIBA: 90,000 new homes per year needed to meet housing demand
Covid vaccine is great for humanity – and not bad for the stock market either
Teechnology News
This week’s technology news starts with the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ crew using construction’s site pioneered social distancing tags to help keep cast & crew safe.
“I’m a Celebrity” crew use construction social distancing tags
How augmented reality delivers on the UK’s Construction Deal
Bouygues to trial remote operation of construction machinery
4D BIM visualises complex mining plant in Peru
Digital twin: Cities and their digital doppelgangers
LafargeHolcim sponsors Chinese research into 3D printed concrete
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Zero Carbon London
Low carbon smart pipes will contribute to construction sector decarbonisation
Passive house design: A key to sustainable community building
Mass timber construction reaching for new heights
A rehabilitated PFI could drive sustainable construction
Willmott Dixon backs initiatives for zero-carbon future
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
US$1.3 billion contract for Qatar residential projects
What's in store for contractors under a Biden presidency?
Swedish city of Gothenburg hires NCC to build vast indoor water park
Skanska, Balfour Beatty win $395m extra work for mystery client
President-elect Biden urged to invest in infrastructure
MAD tops Beijing kindergarten with red rooftop playground
Career Items
This week’s career & lifestyle articles.
Construction Industry Council - Is starting a professional career in Construction and Engineering still possible in the Covid-19 era?
Every day since March has felt the same: here’s the fix
Can You Think Your Way To Wellbeing?
Should Job Candidates Use Social Media To Connect With Their Interviewers?
Try these 7 scheduling strategies for having a most productive day
Anyone Can Learn to Be a Better Leader
Want More Diverse Senior Leadership? Sponsor Junior Talent.
How to stay engaged with your work, even when you feel like checking out
Until Next time...
Have a great week, this week marks the annual Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, a very happy Diwali to all of our readers celebrating!
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