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The Pegasus Report - Issue #143

December 21 · Issue #143 · View online
The Pegasus Report

Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report! This will be the last one for 2020, we will see you again on the 4th January, thank you for all of your continued support.
On with the news…

News Roundup
In Scotland, proposals for a £50m community campus in Maybole have been granted planning approval by South Ayrshire Council. In Dundee, the investment programme in the redevelopment of the Port of Dundee totalling £40m, has reached a significant milestone with the start of the latest contract.
In the South East, a planning application for a £500m mixed-use scheme at Orchard Wharf in London Docklands has been submitted. Designed by David Chipperfield, Grosvenor Square project is one of biggest London building jobs to be awarded this year. Multiplex is the preferred bidder for Qatari Diar’s £400m scheme to turn the former US embassy in London into a luxury hotel. A joint venture between Mace and Turner & Townsend has secured the combined project, programme and costs manager role for the redevelopment of Parliament’s Northern Estate, the redevelopment plan will allow MPs to decamp to the cluster of buildings, ahead of restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. The City of London Corporation has approved revised plans for a 15-storey tower near Aldgate underground station, including the “reimagining” of an historic City pub.
In the North West, consent has been granted for an 18-storey, 98-home scheme  in Stockport. In Farnworth, a deal has been agreed to redevelop the former market precinct in the town centre, it will provide a vibrant, mixed–use community including over 200 modern homes centred around a new public square for artisan markets and live events. In Carlisle, work on a £21.5m leisure and community hub has started. In Wigan, developers have been appointed for the £130m redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre. Morecambe’s Eden Project North gets new expected opening date after a £1.2m cash injection from Lancashire Enterprise Project. Work is underway on new £21m, 91,000 sq ft specialist workplace for science and technology businesses in Manchester. In Liverpool, Everton fans will have to wait until next year to find out if the club’s new £500m stadium will be approved by planners after Liverpool city council confirmed the decision has been delayed due to Covid-19 and the size of the planning application. Rochdale has submitted a bid for £25m of the Government’s Towns Fund, with an advanced manufacturing institute within the Kingsway business park at the heart of its proposal.
In Yorkshire, planning approval has been granted to build a 39-storey residential block in Sheffield city centre. Following long delays, an 8,000-seat community stadium in York to be shared by the city’s football and rugby league teams has been completed.
In the West Midlands, Willmott Dixon Interiors has been chosen to deliver the £38.8m refurbishment of a landmark Birmingham office block. In Wolverhampton, construction of a new £17.5m National Brownfield Institute (NBI) will start in the New Year after it received planning approval. Plans submitted by the University of Birmingham look set to go ahead for a ‘health innovation campus’ specialising in drug development and the treatment of diseases. RLB UK continues to make tracks in the Midlands with work commencing last week on the third phase of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s innovative Very Light Rail (VLR) project.
In East Anglia, the go-ahead to start construction of the £121m Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing bridge has been given.
In Plymouth, planning permission has been granted to extend and enhance the Babbage Building, on the western edge of the University’s main city centre campus, it will create a new home for its School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
In Suffolk, the Government has committed to starting one more major nuclear power station project by the end of this Parliament, they confirmed they are to enter negotiations with French power giant EDF to build the £18bn Sizewell C project. The Sizewell C site could generate 3.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to provide 7% of the UK’s needs.
In other news, HS2 has started the search for a contractor to carry out station systems work at its four phase one stations. The £47m contract is a single supplier framework deal that can be used by HS2 and the contractors of Euston and Old Oak Common stations in London, as well as the firms building Curzon Street and Interchange stations in the Midlands.
Industry Insights
2020 – a year we’d rather forget - But let’s try to find some positives amid all the gloom
Review of 2020: A changing political landscape
Covid to Brexit: How the construction industry can prepare
Construction's bounce-back flattens out
Mace HQ first building rated to ‘IMMUNE’ Covid-safe standard
Prioritise northern rail network over HS2, says report
Dezeen's top 10 British architecture projects of 2020
Top 5 Coolest Buildings of 2020
10 people to watch in 2021
These buildings show off the best of nature-inspired architecture
Bank of England tells bank bosses to review exposure to Covid losses
Public works procurement shake-up to boost SMEs
Heathrow’s third runway back on track as Supreme Court rules in favour
Sunderland and Liverpool lead the way on rental yields
HS2 leg to Leeds downgraded to low priority project
Interserve bags six healthcare jobs worth £148m
Industry leaders back 525bn home improvement plan
Government warned of ‘disastrous’ consequences of permitted development rights
13-year-old earns CPCS card
Union produces alternative guide for Covid site safety
Cost of building a life-sized gingerbread house revealed
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Monitoring movements in mega-projects – from space
Digital tool to monitor PV plant construction
Balfour Beatty deploys drones to 3D map the M25
‘Smart’ tyres for automation in construction
‘Digital transformation can overturn business models in the blink of an eye’
Is construction ready for the ‘open protocol’ revolution?
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
The rise of the carbon-negative building
University of Hull achieves sustainability first in region with top environmental assessment rating
These photos prove a future with no waste is possible
Townhomes with living roofs cost 45% less to build than area average
Infrastructure will turn green in 2021, Fitch forecasts
'Faster, greener' public construction pledged by UK government
Our journey to carbon neutral - Mott MacDonald
Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe
Balfour Beatty cuts site emissions 80% with eco tech
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
Vinci to build dam in Senegal
Bouygues starts work on 16km rail viaduct
Images show fresh construction work at Iran's Fordo nuclear site
Aecom chosen to oversee work on Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia
Two mountain towns finally joined by Lebanon’s first balanced cantilever bridge
Unbuilt “starburst” shipping container house goes on sale in California for $3.5m
Zaha Hadid Architects to transform Huanggang Port into science and technology corridor
Dublin installs 1GW sub-station to support doubling data center growth
Ireland sees rise in new orders
Career Items
I will be and will certainly be encouraging my team to take heed in the advice in this week’s first career article.
How to improve your ability to relax during the pandemic holidays
How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too
5 ways to bounce back after a pandemic job rejection
How to answer a quirky question in a job interview
Completely wiped out from Zoom meetings? Here are 5 exercises for an instant energy boost
Co-Working Volatility Is Making the Office Market More Precarious
This CEO Just Brilliantly Explained How Remote Work Will Change the World by 2030, and It's Next-Level
5 ways to persuade yourself to be more productive
3 ways to stay motivated to achieve big goals
Returning to Work After Lockdown: Lessons from Wuhan
How to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to do
Why you should still take vacation time this holiday season
Attitudes and techniques of highly successful teams
Is this the office of the post-Covid future?
Until Next time...
From all of the team here at Pegasus, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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