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The Pegasus Report - Issue #146

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January 18 · Issue #146 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Positive reports in the news this week that the construction recovery has got back on track, returning to its pre-pandemic levels. Construction is also among the industries to be targeted with regular rapid testing for workers without coronavirus symptoms, hopefully allowing construction sites to stay open. Great news on both fronts!
Here’s this week’s news.

News Roundup
Starting this week in Scotland with news that a  Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing facility is set to be built in Livingston.
In Yorkshire, an article published in ‘Leeds List’ outlines five major developments that are going to change Leeds for the better in the coming years, read all about them here.
In the Midlands, a £52m contract has been secured replace a big masonry bridge on the Stechford to Aston line. Work is set to start on two projects around Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, works include a £93m private rental flats scheme and highways works for Warwickshire County Cricket Club for a 76,000 sq ft of car parking and a large piazza ahead of the Commonwealth Gamesset t start in 18 months.
In the North West, plans have been submitted for a £60m mixed-use community at Weir Mill.
In the South East, construction of Cleve Hill Solar Park, the UK’s biggest solar farm, is planned to begin this year. In a first for UK engineering, an 11,000 tonne curved concrete box will be pushed under a railway line near Peterborough. The structure, which weighs more than the Eiffel Tower, is being installed in a nine-day operation as part of the £1.2bn upgrade of the East Coast Main Line. In North London, designs have been revealed of the first three office buildings at the £5bn Brent Cross Town development. It has been annouced that Purfleet-on-Thames is to get £75m in Government funding to support main infrastructure for the regeneration of its town centre. In Reading, a £750m Station Hill development next to Reading station has received planning approval.
In the South, the green light to deliver purpose-built student accommodation for Brighton Film School has been given.
In Bristol, the go-ahead to start construction of a £63m major build to rent scheme at Bristol’s Finzels Reach development has been given.
In Belfast, a £15m redevelopment of the Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2) ferry terminal ramp which services the Belfast to Birkenhead route has been completed.
Industry Insights
Construction recovers to pre-pandemic level
Winds of change – what trends are in store for the construction industry in 2021?
New year, new plea: what construction needs from our leaders
New construction minister announced after shortest-ever stint
The Wodge: can London's tallest new skyscraper survive the Covid era?
New business secretary tells construction to keep going during lockdown on first day in role
Symptom-free construction workers to get covid tests
Why is the government set to miss its housebuilding target
Supporting public service infrastructure delivery
RICS governance row rocks property industry to its foundations
BDP’s £500m Northern Estate programme shut down
How Whitehall has reshaped its approach to procurement
Fears grow over Covid contract disputes as attitudes harden
Revenue offers contractors advice as IR35 changes loom
The Brexit Deal the Construction Industry: Still some serious snagging issues
WYG name disappears after US consultant takeover
CN Payment 100: how long do construction companies take to pay?
Take a virtual tour of the new Farringdon Elizabeth line station
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Ferrovial to develop smart roads
How Does Spot Work? The Robot That Compares Design to Reality at the Construction Site
BAM to trial innovative 5G use in construction
First order secured for HAV-measuring gloves
New pothole machine delivers road repairs four times faster
Smarter construction through integrated technology
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Mace achieves net zero carbon goal
Lessons learned for sustainable school design
Yorkshire Water trials ‘eco-friendly’ ceramic surface concrete treatment
Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption
International Stories
This week’s news from around the globe.
BAM in race to lay foundations for British Antarctic Survey building
2021 outlook: Top U.S cities to watch for construction
Ireland shuts down construction as Covid cases rise
Zaha Hadid Architects picked for 400m Shenzhen tower
Canada to build store for 25 million artifacts
Career Items
Wellbeing has without a doubt got to be top priority currently, this week’s first article looks at coping strategies for managers and how showing vulnerability can help us all feel better. 
Why building resilience should be a priority in 2021
Tips for protecting construction employees in lockdown 3.0
One quarter of construction workers say childcare during lockdown has harmed their career
You’re probably making these common communication mistakes. Here are 3 ways to fix them
How to ease into a healthful and sustainable digital detox
How to keep your kids entertained at home during lockdown
Until next week...
Have a good week.
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