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The Pegasus Report - Issue #148

Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report, January certainly seems to have flown by! It was reported last
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report, January certainly seems to have flown by! It was reported last week that job vacancies in the construction industry returned to pre-pandemic levels in the last quarter of 2020. Judging by the number of emails in my inbox, I feel confident that the momentum the construction industry has gathered will continue throughout 2021.
Here’s the latest news…

News Roundup
In the North West, a public consultation has opened to help shape future design proposals for the much-criticised Picadilly Gardens public square. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has given the green light to start building a new £68m hospital. In Morecambe, Eden Project North, a new tourist hotspot set to launch in 2024 ,has released some new images - see them here. Blackpool council has made a move to progress the £300m Blackpool Central leisure scheme, featuring the UK’s first “flying theatre”.
In the Midlands, Birmingham city planners have floated ideas of a masterplan to transform the city centre over the next two decades, their 2040 vision includes groups of high rise schemes surrounded with more green spaces within the city. Also in Birmingham, a preferred contractor has been named to deliver a £260m skyscraper. Bringing further investment and jobs for the city, the construction on a ‘Centre of engineering excellence’ for a manufacturer of critical flow control products has started. In Walsall, a planning application for Phoenix 10, a major employment regeneration project has been submitted, the £100m project will deliver up to 620,000 sq. ft. of employment space, attracting new jobs and investment and supporting the creation of a strong regional economy.
In Yorkshire, an animation which shows how a £16 million pound project will improve the A647 that connects Bradford and Leeds has been released. In Sheffield, work on the final £27m phase at the Sheffield Digital Campus – the biggest speculative office development in the city centre has begun. Retail giant Next is understood to be in talks to build a £125m mega-shed warehouse to the south of Pontefract.
In the South East, construction work has started on a £100m recycling centre at Edmonton EcoPark in north London. In East London, work has started on EBBA Architects’ temporary construction skills school on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford. Planning has been granted to build a 32-storey office block in London’s Square Mile, the first to be approved in 2021. Kier Highways has secured the task of looking after London’s biggest and most congested road tunnels and pumping stations with a contract worth around £200m.
In the North East, plans to build a £18m, 190-bed hotel at the Helix site in Newcastle have been submitted.
In the South West, plans have been drawn up for a £400m scheme in Cheltenham to deliver 3,000 new homes and a mixed-use Cyber Central Cluster bringing together leading cyber businesses and innovators alongside academic facilities dedicated to cyber and technologies. In South Wales, Cardiff Council has agreed a £64m deal with Kier to construct Fitzalan High School in the south west of the city.
Industry Insights
Construction vacancies hit pre-pandemic level
T&T’s Vince Clancy on why the global picture gives him confidence
We have the right ingredients for industry transformation
Mind the Gap: Construction projects and people
When Covid is over, what buildings do we actually want to see in Britain's cities?
East Coast Main Line: Tunnel painstakingly pushed underground
Concern mounts over key materials supply bottlenecks
TfL says London’s builders should walk or cycle to sites
Site demand soars for Covid killing spray tunnels
NHS Trust mulls idea of vaccinating Laing O'Rourke staff working on covid-hit Liverpool hospital
Videos launched by government explaining to industry new Brexit trading rules
'Future-proof' Vertical Theatre, with built-in social distancing measures, hopes to open in 2021
Urban clickbait? Why 'iconic architecture' is all the rage again
What a Virgin Hyperloop Journey Will Look Like
Covid delays Hinkley Point finish by six months
Manchester office market confidence returns with strong fourth quarter
HS2 unveils designs for two viaducts in Water Orton
Fired directors hit back at RICS’ claim they asked for their departure to be kept secret
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
JCB machines to send digital ‘health alerts’
CSCS skills cards go virtual
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
John Kerry: UK climate summit is world's 'last best chance'
Laing O’Rourke joins switch to electric cars
London homes to have smaller windows than rest of UK
Reducing construction’s ecological footprint
First UK carbon neutral road improvement project
Retrofit in social housing: a path to net zero
Buyers of brand-new homes face £20,000 bill to make them greener
The aviation sector should re-consider its strategy to reduce climate impact, Manchester report suggests
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
New York governor aims to “raise spirits” with $306bn infrastructure spend
Green light given to 6.5km Sydney Harbour tunnel
See Norway’s new luxury, floating sauna in the Arctic Circle at Tromsø
ON-A reveals park that will swaddle Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium
6,000-seat eSports arena begins construction in Shanghai
China tackles pandemic with mass construction once again China Beijing Construction Covid rooms
Career Items
As it was announced last week that the earliest schools would return would be the 8th March, this week’s first article is for all of you juggling work and schooling.
Navigating Pandemic Fatigue as a Working Parent
How to Stay Motivated When You’re (Still) Stuck at Home
Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown
How to keep your professional network active during the pandemic
Now Is a Great Time to Start Practicing Mindfulness
How to deal with feelings of uncertainty
How to work with someone you can’t stand
Do these 5 things and you’ll never run out of new ideas
Why the five-day workweek is outdated for working from home
A 5-point plan for becoming the best mentor you can be
No jab, no job? Six Covid vaccination questions for HR
Until next week..
Have a good week.
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