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The Pegasus Report - Issue #151

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Hopefully, for those of you with school aged children you enjoyed a break from the home schooling las
 
February 22 · Issue #151 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Hopefully, for those of you with school aged children you enjoyed a break from the home schooling last week! Let’s hope that the Governments road-map to easing lockdown will bring us some positivity this week.
Here’s your weekly catch up with the latest construction news.

News Round up
In the South East, as part of Stevenage’s £1bn regeneration ptpgramme, plans are going ahead for a £8m project to build a new bus interchange. The City of London Corporation has approved plans for a second tower scheme in the Square Mile. In Acton, west London, enabling works to regenerate the Friary Park estate have commenced. Work is starting on a £140m luxury residential scheme in London’s Soho above the Elizabeth Line new western station entrance at Tottenham Court Road. A London developer has set up a £500m fund for strategic land acquisitions over the next three years, as part of a major expansion into the capital’s build-to-rent sector. In North London, the owner of a high rise block of flats has submitted plans to add three extra rooftop floors to the 17 storey building to pay to replace flammable ACM cladding.
In the Midlands, West Midlands Combined Authority leaders have given the go-ahead for the £24m Dudley Interchange. Plans are being drawn up for the construction of a gigafactory at Coventry Airport. HS2 has launched the hunt for a specialist contractor to build the high speed rail project’s central control centre and maintenance depot.
In the South West, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has given the go-ahead to start main works for a new MRI suite and 24-bed Haematology Oncology Ward in Truro. Cardiff Interchange private rental flats project has become the first UK building to be certified under a new sustainability standard – Home Quality Mark ONE – at design stage. HQM ONE is BRE’s new benchmarking standard for sustainability and quality in housing.
In the North West, Everton football clubs £500m stadium dream has moved a step closer to becoming reality, despite concerns from conservation groups.  Planning consent has been granted for a 188-bedroom hotel in the Greengate regeneration area of Salford. Plans have been submitted for the first phase of the regeneration of Collyhurst Village, part of the city’s ambitious £4bn Northern Gateway project. One of the first office developments in the UK committed to being ‘net zero in operation’ has been given the green light in Salford. In Cheshire, energy companies plan to build a £600m facility at Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow manufacturing complex to convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel.
In Scotland, work will begin later this year on a new hotel at Edinburgh airport.
Industry Insights
What we as government need from construction now
Construction must adapt to thrive
GDP figures show construction remains vulnerable
What does the CITB do now?
Homes England launches £250m construction loan fund
‘Catastrophe’ looms for Scottish construction sector unless VAT reforms are reversed, say MPs
The government's relentless push for development is destroying rural England
Escape ladders and tunnels developed for endangered wildlife - Construction Manager
Construction industry COVID support claims hit £22bn
Government could review immigration rules for construction trades after covid, minister suggests
RNAS Culdrose construction photos from 1940s unearthed
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Why the government wants construction to invest in technology
How Digitization, AI Provide Control on Construction Sites
What The Future Of Construction Technology Looks Like In 2021
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
Bill Gates has a plan to save the world. Will the world listen?
First UK homes fuelled entirely by hydrogen to be built in Gateshead
HS2 tackles biodiversity loss and reduces waste
Experts identify 'super-plant' that absorbs roadside air pollution
Cement-free concrete block promises 73% carbon saving
Cut VAT for green home improvements and repairs, MPs urge
First UK homes with hydrogen boilers and hobs to be built by April
International Stories
Our global round-up.
Go-ahead for $1bn Sydney suburb
European companies unveil plan for massive solar-to-hydrogen network
Supertall skyscraper The Spiral by BIG reaches full height in New York
Philippines relaunches $10bn Sangley Airport scheme
Scottish tidal turbine comes on stream in Japan
Construction begins on MVRDV's Pyramid of Tirana renovation
Canada to spend $11.8bn on public transport projects over next eight years
3XN reveals its design for Danish robot plant
Career Items
This week’s career articles.
Carol Massay announced as finalist for Women in Construction Award
Research: We’re Losing Touch with Our Networks
6 professionals on finding the best spot in your home to be productive
I was a control freak. Here’s how I let it all go and became a better leader
How to make the most of your remote performance review
This is how I encourage teamwork in our hybrid workforce
4 reasons why hiring disabled workers is good for business
A remote work prognosticator predicts what’s next for the workplace
Forget Zoom Happy Hour: Four Employee Engagement Ideas To Try Instead
Five ways to get a good nights sleep
Until Next Time...
Have a great week!
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