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The Pegasus Report - Issue #145

January 11 · Issue #145 · View online
The Pegasus Report
The first week back after the festive break - how was it for you?
As expected January has brought us Lockdown 3, and whilst the immediate future may seem bleak, especially with the short days and chilly weather, I am still feeling confident that we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are crazy busy here at Pegasus, we are working as hard as ever whilst juggling the home schooling too - fun and games!!
On with the news!

News Roundup
In the South East,  the green light for plans to build a 532-home development at Ebbsfleet Garden City have been given.
In the North West, a plan to establish the UK’s first low-carbon industrial hub, encompassing the existing energy cluster at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, has received a share of £8m from UK Research and Innovation.
In Scotland, financial backing has been secured for plans to build £120m rental homes in four blocks on the former Strathclyde Police HQ site in Glasgow. Also in Glasgow, £100m plans to transform Glasgow’s Met Tower into an 11-storey hotel and offices scheme are set to become a reality.
In the South West, Portsmouth Water has taken the plunge and invited tenders for its £137m planned Havant Thicket Reservoir Project.
In the Midlands, the the thumbs up to a 48-storey build-to-rent scheme at the site of the former Irish Centre in Birmingham has been given. In Nottingham, plans have been submitted for the first major phase of the biggest regeneration scheme for decades, The Island Quarter scheme.
In infrastructure, main infra works for a 450-acre multi-modal logistics hub located next to junction 15 of the M1 is set to start.
In other news, The Department for Education has started the tender race for a fresh line-up of firms to deliver its £7bn school building programme over four years.
Industry Insights
Construction & Infrastructure Review 2020
UK Construction Sector Ends Year on a High with Continued Growth
Construction builds on its own recovery
Construction buyers see another month of growth
This week we looked forward to architecture in 2021
Government ready to shut down housing market if covid crisis worsens
Scotland considering further construction restrictions
UK building industry upbeat about EU trading deal
Firms warned on Brexit disruption later this year
Looking Towards 2021 for UK Construction
All HS2 workers to get digital health and safety passports
Risk-Averse Real Estate Investing Is Turning To Sustainability For Strong, Long-Term Financial Returns
How Covid will Affect the Future of Public Spaces
NHS chief to oversee £3.7bn hospital building programme
Hospitals without walls: the future of healthcare
Housebuilder Barratt ups sales forecast amid pent-up demand
Pegasus Radio
In this episode, I meet Sunny Johal of Detail; a relatively new Developer, but with big ambitions, based in Birmingham. In this episode;
  • How Birmingham and other cities outside of London are seeing growing investor interest, both UK and International investors.
  • How Covid has been an accelerator on a number of fronts which has seen certain sectors grow rapidly.
  • Sunny’s views on the future of the industry, including the ramp up in a drive for net carbon and why the end client must be a catalyst for this.
  • How the younger generation of construction professionals will also drive this change.
  • The value of looking after and listening to your supply chain.
  • How Sunny started life as a labourer and the value this gave him in terms of learning how to deal with everyone in the supply chain.
  • How Detail actively engage with the whole supply chain to ensure they are being treated fairly.
  • Why Sunny believes you should never say you can’t do anything in your career.
  • The power of key mentors at the right time in your career who support your personal growth.
  • The increasing need for emotional intelligence in leaders in the industry and why the industry must look at developing future leaders.
  • Why Sunny doesn’t believe qualifications are the be all and end all.
This is a great listen; you see why it is clear Sunny and his business will be the future of the industry; a must listen!
Technology News
It appears Covid-19 is driving a digital transformation.
Technology Trends in 2021
Tech trends in 2021: Fast planes and homeworking
2020 Taught Us to Digitally Transform
Green Issues
This week’s first article is from back in April 2019, it looks at what the 7 most popular green building global practices for 2021 would potentially be - did they become a reality?
The 7 Most Popular Green Building Practices in 2021
20 jobs created as construction product made from recycled plastics finds iconic industrial home
Green homes revolution 'could boost Scottish GDP by £8bn'
Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests
Whisky gets into the spirit of building back greener
International Stories
This week’s global news.
Daewoo wins $2.6bn contract to build major port in Iraq
Chinese big-hitters to build 341km railway in Tanzania
Rapid Construction in China
Skanska completes $1.6bn New York station expansion
Work starts on $1.5bn esports arena, hotel and virtual skydiving venue in Shanghai
Skanska to build $187m Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute
Career Items
The construction sector faces a major workplace health, safety and wellbeing challenge generated by Covid -19. This week’s first article from ‘Personnel Today’ looks at how the pandemic has also created an opportunity for construction firms to regroup, examine internal data and prioritise the wellbeing of workers.
Why Covid-19 is an opportunity to rethink wellbeing within construction
4 ways to improve your emotional intelligence in the new year
Parents ‘see construction as male industry’, says study
8 thoughtful ways to build more inclusive interview practices
Try these 4 self-improvement strategies to become a better leader
How to train your brain to be more present
When Do We Really Need Face-to-Face Interactions?
How Timeboxing Works and Why It Will Make You More Productive
Productivity Is About Your Systems, Not Your People
Until next week...
That’s all for now, have a good week.
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