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The Pegasus Report - Issue #147

Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report! Lots of interesting articles this week, would you wear a wrist
January 25 · Issue #147 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report! Lots of interesting articles this week, would you wear a wristband thast tells your employer how you are feeling? Check out the ‘career items’ for more information.
We have bumper ‘technology’ section this week, the pandemic has led to an inevitable surge in the use of digital technologies, it interesting to see how the construction industry is adpating.
On with the news!

News Roundup
Manchester city council has approved the upgrade of the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, prolonging the lifespan of the 25-year-old arena and ensuring that international events continue to be staged in the city. A 135-acre masterplan has been proposed for more than 4,000 homes, 500,000 sq ft of employment space at the reimagined White City Retail Park and a new neighbourhood on a former police HQ site in Trafford.
In the South East, Transport for London has got the planning green light for its an ambitious plan to build up to a dozen high-rise blocks alongside Tube train tracks in Acton, west London. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has granted the go-ahead for a £250m, 453-home urban-village in Richmond. Kane has secured an £8.7m contract with Ardmore to deliver the MEP installation at its Phase 4a Battersea Power Station Residential Scheme. Construction works on site are expected to begin in March on the fourth phase of a £37.1m project to deliver 94 council homes on an unused patch of land, known locally as the Limehouse Triangle. Henry Construction Projects has secured a 22-storey mixed residential and office tower project close to Silicon Roundabout in London.
In Buckinghamshire, a £36m ‘green revolution’ developement in Hayfield looks set to deliver 101 eco-friendly luxury homes. In Oxford, work is set to start on Oxford University’s biggest ever construction project in July, the £200m Life and Mind Building will combine the departments of experimental psychology, plant sciences and zoology.
In the North East, construction of the £30m Middlesbrough Boho X office scheme is set to start this summer.
In the Midlands, it is understood that a developer is in talks to build a £30m tech campus in Birmingham city centre. Work has been completed and handed over of  four new operating theatres at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a brand-new three storey teaching block for the DfE and Birmingham City Council.
Industry Insights
Construction set to grow by 14% this year
Government confirms no threat to shut London sites
RICS bows to pressure and sets up inquiry into governance furore
Prompt Payment Code invoice target cut to 30 days
Industry calls for VAT change to be scrapped
New regulator to police construction materials safety
Final bill for Nightingale hospitals to top £500m
Running on empty: whatever happened to the Nightingales?
T&T calls for data sharing to improve 'big pharma' projects
Transport budget cuts threaten levelling-up agenda, say northern leaders
Nine Elms: Sky Pool is the trophy attraction to the area near London's US Embassy and Apple HQ
UK construction loses a quarter of its EU-born workforce
New watchdog will be able to ban dangerous materials used at Grenfell Tower
Coventry v the wrecking ball: 'We need gentle repair – not wholesale demolition'
The Construction Playbook: Built using Modern Methods of Construction
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Infrastructure commission asks firms to advise on carbon capture tech
Number crunching: Reducing embodied carbon through AI and machine learning
Covid, Grenfell and green agenda to spur adoption of AI in construction
Why construction needs smart contracts
How the arrival of 5G will impact on smart cities and real estate
Bio-inspired: How lobsters can help make stronger 3D printed concrete
BIM in modular construction: What can we learn from car manufacturers?
Top 10 construction challenges and opportunities in 2021
Green Issues
This week’s green news
The 12 steps to decarbonise your city
HS2 now required to declare construction impact on woodlands and local roads
Paris agrees to turn Champs-Élysées into 'extraordinary garden'
Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
How COVID-19 has Boosted These 7 Hot Building Trends for 2021
Future Homes Standard sets new rules for green building revolution
Scotland updates its roadmap for net zero
London buses pass milestone on the road to net zero
International Stories
This week’s first article caught my eye, Saudi Arabia has unveiled its vision for a city without cars and streets.
Saudi Arabia plans 170km city without roads in Neom economic zone
A building as big as the world: the anarchist architects who foresaw endless expansion
Mott MacDonald awarded key European hydrogen role
Hyundai reported to be rethinking design of $3.4bn skyscraper HQ
How Biden's Inauguration Day executive orders will impact construction
Skanska lands $57m ocean-front park contract in Clearwater, Florida
Aecom study predicts 15% growth for Irish construction
NCC completes subsea roundabout
Career Items
This week’s career items.
A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy
An Optimists View Going into 2021
Why a free afternoon each week can boost employees’ sense of autonomy
5 ways to improve this key component of emotional intelligence
Yes, you can build solid work relationships over video calls. Here are 2 research-backed ways
10 Virtual Meeting Icebreaker Activities
Your Star Employee Just Quit. Will Others Follow?
What do Brexit and the UK-EU trade deal mean for recruitment and staff moves in the construction industry? -
Until Next week...
Stay safe and have a great week.
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