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The Pegasus Report - Issue #141

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December 7 · Issue #141 · View online
The Pegasus Report
As we head towards the last few week’s of 2020, it would be fair to say that it has been a year like no other! The construction industry has certainly been no exception, however, news reports last week suggest UK construction is ending the year strongly with reports of new order volumes in November expanding at the fastest rate for more than six years, so there is certainly some hope for a full recovery in 2021!


News Roundup
In the North West, Cheshire East council has hired a multidisciplinary team to produce regeneration proposals for nine key centres across its borough, including Wilmslow, Middlewich and Knutsford. In Liverpool, Planning permission has been granted to build two 20,000 sq ft sound studios on land adjacent to the Littlewoods Building, which is being redeveloped into a centre for the film and TV industry.
In the South East, up to 2,000 rooftop homes could be built across Southwark without having to demolish any existing buildings according to new research. In central London, plans have been put forward to create a temporary ‘double decker’ crossing over Hammersmith Bridge, which has been closed on safety grounds since August this year. Plans have been approved to transform Blackfriars Crown Court into a mixed-use office with extra floors and what is claimed to be London’s first urban forest rooftop. Developer British Land has submitted its planning application for the next major office scheme at the Broadgate development in London. The Mayor of London has approved plans to transform the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site into a £900m mixed-use urban quarter. As part of the £1.3billion Olympia redevelopment, west London looks set to get a major new music venue.
In the East of England, consultants have been put on notice for a framework launched to develop a new £4bn metro system in Cambridge, The Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) is a project to build a network of metro lines throughout the county. In Great Yarmouth, work is set to start construction of the £26m Marina leisure centre on the famous Golden Mile sea front.
In Yorkshire, plans for a 39-storey tower in Sheffield that could become one of the tallest buildings in the region has been recommended for approval next week. 
In Wales, a consortium containing Robertson has been named preferred bidder to deliver a new £150m, 15,000-capacity indoor arena in Cardiff Bay. The Welsh government has committed £35m to deliver 400 factory-built homes manufactured by local Welsh firms and their supply chain.
In the Midlands, the task of removing and cleaning 16,000 aluminium disks under a £20m deal to revamp the façade of Birmingham’s Selfridges store has commenced.
In the North East, plans to build a £31m ‘smart street bridge’ in Sunderland are set to move ahead as the transformation of the city’s riverside gathers pace.
In Jersey, Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide cost management services on a new £30m hospital.
In infrastructure, Amey has secured a £180m Area 12 maintenance and response contract to upkeep the trunk roads and motorway network covering Yorkshire and Humberside

Industry Insights
Construction buyers see strong surge in new orders
UK construction industry sees biggest rise in orders since 2014: PMI
UK builders' orders at six-year high as property boom rides out lockdowns
Covid-19: New research showcases the construction industry’s adaptability
The most sought-after construction skills post-Covid
Enabling successful ways of working in capital delivery environments
Government’s chief construction advisor blames dithering ministers for mega-project delays
The Build to Rent sector set for growth
Building Safety Bill proposals ‘lack requisite detail’, says British Safety Council
Why the Chancellor’s funding boost was needed
Government loans TfL extra £825m for Crossrail
Pandemic spurs nearly 16 million people to move from major cities
Jacobs buys Hyperloop consultant
Construction minister to oversee Covid vaccine rollout
Government’s proposals for HS2 phase two to be revealed before Christmas
Tunnel boring machine completes section of London’s super sewer
Tideway covid measures to remain in place until May 2021
The Tulip’s towering vanity must be nipped in the bud
Number of affordable homes built in England barely rises
Pegasus Radio

In this episode, I speak with Will Savage; Partner at Project Focused Consulting LLP; a small QS and PM consultancy based in West Malling. In this episode;
How working on country estates gives a glimpse of what will come into the mainstream residential and commercial sectors in the future.
Use of deeds of variation to help the client, consultants and contractors to get through these challenging times and live to all fight another day!
The power of good working relationships for the whole industry.
Why it’s the middle of the commercial office market that will be worst effected going forward.
Will’s hopes of Brexit being a positive catalyst for the UK Construction market; both workforce and the supply chain.
We discuss the need to help junior talent in the industry; both for them and the industry as a whole.
The need for the industry to embrace green technology.
The need for both long term and short term career planning.
Why books about human endeavor and endurance feats influences Will’s business mindset.
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Drones fly over forest of cranes at Hinkley
How robots are giving Europe's construction industry a boost
AI software to help construction industry reduce embodied carbon
New generation exoskeleton made easier to wear
CLC wants smart tech in all skills cards by 2022
Green Issues
This week’s green news
Crown Estate aims for net zero emissions by 2030
Net zero homes crucial to building back better
The Crown Estate pledges to become net zero by 2030
World’s First Net Zero Cluster
Go-ahead for first hydrogen-to-homes network
New report examines how construction can meet decarbonisation targets
How To Leave Our Children A Better World
Sustainable cities: Building-in positive environmental impact post-pandemic
HS2 to review environmental policies
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Construction starts in Iceland on world’s biggest CO2-sucking plant
Super Nintendo World due to open in Osaka in February
Ford unveils plans for 12ha mobility innovation centre in Detroit
India may become too hot for construction by the 2030s, McKinsey warns
Zaha Hadid Architects unveils pebble-shaped science museum for Shenzhen
Angola floats plan to build trans-Africa rail link to Tanzania
Career Items
Have you reached out to and thanked those that have helped you this year?Have you got a plan for what you need to do to make 2021 a great year for you? This week’s first two articles will hopefully inspire you.
Building a Better Workplace Starts with Saying “Thanks”
AGC report reveals impact of Covid on construction employment in America’s cities
You Need a Career Plan. Here's How to Make One
CPD: How to build and embed resilience within your workplace
Future Zoom users will be able to smell the virtual coffee
The 3 steps to making tough decisions—bold advice from an ex-Marine officer
Three Leadership Skill Shifts For 2021 and Beyond
Future Zoom users will be able to smell the virtual coffee
How to ignore your boss without totally sabotaging your work life
How to build and embed resilience within your workplace
5 reasons highly sensitive people are an asset to your team
It's official: Video call fatigue is real
Until next time...
That’s all for now, have a great week!
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