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The Pegasus Report - Issue #139

November 23 · Issue #139 · View online
The Pegasus Report
So, the big news story last week was the new climate change agenda announced by the Governement.
How will this effect construction and property?
Is £4Bn anywhere near enough to cover the retrofit challenge ahead?
See this week’s ‘green issues’ for the industry’s reactions.

New Roundup
Starting this week in London, a pre-construction services agreement for main building work on the sustainable £195m Timber Square development in London has been signed. Turner & Townsend has been appointed by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop a new estate strategy, they will guide the trust’s management and investment in its estate over the next five years. Plans have been revealed to build a major office scheme in London on stilts to allow trees and open public space to run beneath the building. In North London. Enfield Council has signed off a £170m Government funding deal to deliver infrastructure to unlock the £6bn Meridian Water project.  Durkan has been chosen to deliver the second phase of the regeneration of Sherwood Close in West Ealing, London, the project will create over 100 mixed-tenure affordable homes.
In the North West, a deal to complete the fit-out of a new studio and office complex in Manchester has been agreed. Proposals have been submitted for nine blocks ranging from eight to 33 storeys on the former Rochdale Road Gas Works site, the latest project in Manchester’s £1bn Northern Gateway masterplan.  In Altrincham, a new ‘Shipping Container Street Food Village’ is set to open, the area is being transformed into a thriving new community space of shipping containers featuring a variety of local traders serving up delicious food and drink. Approval has been granted to push ahead with revised plans to redevelop the former Granada Studios, reducing the number of hotel rooms from 210 to 175 and increasing the amount of office space. The region’s transport body has detailed its preferred route for the £39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail project, including a line from Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington, and urged the Government to back the plans.  Liverpool Football Club last week officially opened their new £50m training base in Kirkby that includes a ‘secret’ stairway for sneaking potential signings into the building
In the Midlands, a planning application for 370 new homes in the heart of Wolverhampton’s historic Canalside Quarter has been submitted. Three West Midlands councils have named the winning line-up of firms for a next generation construction framework in the region, projects valued up to £5m will have a pipeline worth £600m and large projects of above £5m are expected to account for £1.5bn of work. In central Birmingham, the go-ahead has been given to build a new 39-storey, £260m tower to deliver 722 homes for rent. In Birmingham city centre, images have revealed of how a city centre car park could be transformed into a sprawling 722-home development if planning permission is granted.
In Yorkshire, it has been announced that construction will start early next year on the vast York Central regeneration scheme around the city’s railway station, a £77m infrastructure works package has been approved. In Leeds, plans for a new logistics and industrial hub at Leeds Valley Park have been put in, proposals include the construction of six light-industrial ‘mid-box’ units of varying sizes and styles.
In infrastructure, HS2 has announced that it will spend just over £5m on teams set up to oversee its construction work, according to the minister in charge of the project.
Industry Insights
Government tribute to construction's "invaluable contribution"
Construction industry can be the catalyst for recovery
The Future Of Health And Cities: How We Build Cities Is Literally A Matter Of Life And Death
Realising the extraordinary: infrastructure leaders respond to uncertainty
Government draws up Brexit checklist for construction
Rethinking Design: How the pandemic is transforming healthcare
Government to U-turn on housing formula
Legal & General launches new Suburban Build to Rent arm, as it looks to deliver 1,000 new family home a year
Collaborative contracting: Moving from pilot to scale-up
Competition watchdog clears Interserve FM sale to Mitie
Eden Project seeks £70m of public funding for Lancashire outpost
Buying a home in 2021: how a Covid vaccine could affect the London property market
The rise and rise of ugly buildings
Covid-19 shakes up world’s most expensive city list
Data & Analytics: Assessing investment choices in an uncertain future
Pegasus Radio
In the episode I am joined by Robert Dale, Senior Partner of Daniel Connal Partnership, a QS led multi-discipline consultancy that has been trading for 75 years and has three offices. In this episode;
The value of giving back to the community.
Managing the dynamic of three different cost centres in a small business.
Robert’s thoughts on AI.
Robert’s view that specialising is bad for your career.
How a mad Dutch man is influencing everything in Robert’s life currently!

Technology News
This week’s technology news.
A 5-story building in China 'walks' to new location
5G-powered manufacturing, construction and agriculture to lead £15bn in UK growth
How 3 tech-forward companies are blazing their path in prefab
PERI builds apartment block with 3D printer
Green Issues
A bumper section of ‘green news’ this week following Boris Johnsons announcement of a 10-point plan to move into a ‘green industrial revolution’.
The key areas of Boris Johnson's 'green industrial revolution'
Industry calls for Johnson’s ‘green revolution’ to go further
Businesses urge London mayoral candidates to make net zero pledge
Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan
Decarbonising northern homes could create 77,000 new green jobs, says IPPR
Gas boiler ban in new-builds ‘by 2023’
Action not words is needed to address the climate crisis
Fosters submits plans for London’s first zero-carbon office
Zero-emission Green Gateway airport concept wins 2020 Fentress Global Challenge
Renewable energy grows in 2020 despite pandemic
Research project to address waste in the construction industry
Living with nature: five wildlife-friendly construction innovations
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Barcelona is redesigning 21 downtown streets to prioritize people, not cars
Skanska wins $335m contract at LA airport
Moroccan minister announces plan to build Africa’s largest desalination plant
Sydney gets $14bn for transport
UNESCO launches rebuild contest for Mosul mosque
Multiplex picked for Sydney's new fish market
Oslo got pedestrian and cyclist deaths down to zero. Here’s how
Career Items
Working from home, a very popular conversation piece currently! Some love it, some hate it. This week’s first article looks at how to be happier working from the dining table.
Coronavirus: How to be happier while working from home
Joanna Bourke: Derwent London is right to think working from home won’t last forever
Working from home could lead to more prejudice, report warns
How to focus on work when you’re distracted by a world in crisis
How To Lead When Nobody Knows What Will Happen Next
My performance review encouraged me to to be more transparent, so I’m writing this article
How to think beyond small tasks and broaden to bigger ideas
Have women CEOs coped better with Covid than men?
5 Steps To Get Your Priorities Back On Track Now
Until Next Time ...
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