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The Pegasus Report - Issue #142

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The Pegasus Report
Another very busy week here at Pegasus! The hot news topics this week have been around Brexit and the new ‘Construction Playbook’ which was revealed last week. See our ‘industry insights’ section for the latest on both of these.
On with the news..

News Roundup
In the South East, planning consent has been granted for £5.5m scheme of London mews houses in North London. Construction work at Crossrail’s Farringdon station has come to an end, the station becomes the first central London station along the new line to reach the T-12 landmark. The green light has been given to build a 382-bedroom hotel in London boasting Europe’s largest living wall. Practical completion of the construction of 22 Bishopsgate, the new tallest building in the City of London has been achieved, the £500m building, described as ‘Europe’s first vertical village’ started in January 2017, on the foundations of the stalled Pinnacle project. In Westminster, contractor RED Construction has bagged a £17m office and flats job. London developer Fenton Whelan has awarded builder Ant Yapi a £100m design and build contract for its latest super-prime flats scheme in the capital. Grant planning consent has been given for a £250m mixed-use regeneration project on the Euro House site in Wembley.
In the South, Portsmouth City Council has signed off a £13m contract with BAM Construction and BAM Design for the fifth warehouse at Dunsbury Business Park in Havant, Portsmouth. Also in Havant, planning applications have been submitted for Portsmouth Water’s Havant Thicket reservoir, the first reservoir to be built in the UK in 30 years and a key piece of infrastructure to secure reliable water supplies for the south east. In Winchester, work is due to start next summer on 76 high-quality new homes in Winnall.
In Scotland, the scoping report has been published for a £300m onshore wind farm capable of powering a city the size of Dundee.
In the East Midlands a trio of mega-schemes are set to move to market engagement with investors within the next three months, the ambitious plans involve redevelopment of Ratcliffe coal-fired power stations, construction of a vast Inland Freeport near East Midlands Airport and building a big community and innovation district around the region’s HS2 station hub. In Leicester, plans to bring forward a build-to-rent flats scheme converting part of its Highcross centre Debenhams store in the city centre. In the West Midlands, Lendlease is set to receive final approval as Birmingham City Council’s development partner on the local authority’s £1.5bn Smithfield’s scheme.
Plans have been scrapped to build the UK’s first ‘gigaplant’ battery factory in Bro Tathan in Wales, in favour of a plant at Blyth in Northumberland, it is expected that £2.6bn will be invested into the site
In the West Midlands, Lendlease is set to receive final approval as Birmingham City Council’s development partner on the local authority’s £1.5bn Smithfield’s scheme. Also in Birmingham, the design for the Curzon Circle student accommodation scheme in Birmingham City Centre, has been approved.
In a world-first programme of education, schools in Liverpool are to pioneer the digital design, engineering and construction of Liverpool City Council’s Stonebridge Cross housing development, a carbon-neutral community of modern, energy-efficient homes to be co-funded by Homes England and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as a major housing site of regional significance. In Manchester, plans for a £60m inland surfing lagoon have been unveiled. Also in Manchester, enabling works on the first phase of the £1.4bn Mayfield development got underway last week.
In the South West, main construction work has started on the largest speculative office development currently underway in the south of England.

Industry Insights
City of London planners busier than pre-pandemic
Government draws up Brexit checklist for construction
What does no-deal 'Australia-style' Brexit mean?
Builders run short of supplies as UK port holdups raise Brexit concerns
T&T the latest to warn industry must prepare for delays getting materials to site after Brexit
New playbook launched to step up construction sector productivity and innovation
The Plan To Change Construction - Video
Industry Q&A: what is the one thing construction should prepare for in 2021?
Value of contract awards bounces back in November
Balfour Beatty predicting a big year in 2021
New construction minister revealed
Construction is key to recovery, says 2050 Alliance
Megaproject costs and methods face scrutiny by MPs
Can Liverpool's property industry survive latest storm?
Nearly 40% of women working in construction hold office support roles
What is Blockchain
Property industry must improve social value perception, says report
Skanska sells infrastructure unit to M Group Services
British Steel launches new grade for high-rise construction
What can infrastructure learn from vaccinations in a pandemic?
Pegasus Radio
In this episode I am joined by Richard Julian; who heads a small but rapidly growing consultancy; RJA Consultants, based in Leicester. In this episode;
How they have grown significantly in recent years.
The value of choosing recession proof sectors.
The need for businesses to invest i
n apprentices and the widening skills gap in the industry.
The pros and cons of targeting public sector work.
The reality of the slow take up on BIM by the industry.
The necessity and growth of the Clerk of Works role and how tech has improved the efficiency of the role.
The time benefits of modular build.
The value of the maxim of give a busy man a job
The value to your career of not chasing the money
Why you are never to old to change direction in your career or adapt in your career
A key piece of advice for business owners from Warren Buffett

Technology News
In this week’s first technology article, read about how a Ridley Scott movie inspired a Network Rail drone project!
Ridley Scott inspires Network Rail’s cave-exploring drone
Top 10 ways 3D Printing will change construction
Bridging the gap between 2D drawings and 3D models
Preparing for a digital future
Green Issues
A bumber ‘green’ section this week!
Climate change: Lower Thames Crossing CO2 impact figures revealed
Delivering net zero in the built environment
Target net zero: five areas to unlock the opportunity
Balfour Beatty needs supply chain’s help to slash carbon
Aviva Investors commits to £1 billion of climate transition loans into real estate by 2025
The house of the future? A sun-filled, shape-shifting, shed-share paradise
Scotland to become first country to test 100% green hydrogen
HS2 boosts green business and tourism in Cumbria
International Stories
This week’s global round up, starting with an under-sea roundabout in the Faroe Islands.
Faroe Islands: Inside the undersea tunnel network
Architect designs Antarctic research station over Zoom
China’s plans to build massive hydropower scheme sparks “terrestrial aggression” claims from India
Los Angeles launches affordable housing competition
Career Items
It’s that time of the year, no not Christmas - year end reviews! I hear a collective sigh, especially after the year we have had! This week’s first article looks at why reviews shouldn’t be skipped this year but how they should just be done a little bit differently.
4 Tips for Doing Performance Reviews Right in 2020
How to have a merry Zoom Christmas
Ethical dilemma: Can employers insist on Covid-19 vaccinations?
'Work at home? That’s scaremongering’: business risk and Covid lessons
How to prepare your inbox and home office for a fresh start in 2021
Ten opinions on how the pandemic will change the world
This is the exact type of break you should be taking when working from home
An introvert’s guide to surviving pandemic isolation and enjoying alone time
4 strategies to help you learn to take constructive criticism
Leadership strategies that build trust
4 questions for working parents to ask themselves to stay mentally fit
The 10 Biggest Business Trends For 2021 Everyone Must Be Ready For
Until Next time...
That’s all for this week!
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