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The Pegasus Report - Issue #152

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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report. As we await the chancellor’s spring budget announcement on Wednesday, what could it mean for construction?
On with the news…

News Round-Up
In the South West, planning consent has been secured for the next major office scheme at the Broadgate development in London. Plans have been revealed for a net-xero major new office and culture complex at the former ITV Studio site on London’s South Bank. In London, the man who helped revitalise New York with a linear park on a disused elevated railway hopes to do the same for the UK capital, the High Line’s designer hopes to give London its own green thread, after being chosen to create the Camden Highline.
In the Midlands, plans have been submitted to build over 200 student flats at the site of a large three-storey Debenhams building in Northampton. The Government plans to move much of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to Wolverhampton and will have a “regular ministerial presence” in the city. In Birmingham, the next phase of work on the ambitious £500m Arena Central masterplan has been approved by planning chiefs. Work has started a 10 storey build to rent scheme of 348 flats near Nottingham railway station.
In the North West, Liverpool City Council has granted planning for Everton FC to build its £500m landmark stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Leaders from across the region have signed a letter urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to allocate a significant chunk of the £125m required to build the Morecambe, Eden North. Work is due to start on Panattoni’s spec Crewe305 shed at Crewe Commercial Park
In the South East, plans have been submitted for major new business park near the Silverstone motor racing track in Northamptonshire. Folkestone & Hythe District Council has appointed BAM Construction to build a leisure centre, promenade and infrastructure works at Hythe in Kent.
In Scotland, designs have been unveiled for £32m overhaul of historic George Street in Edinburgh. Network Rail has appointed Mott MacDonald to design the masterplan for Edinburgh Waverley station. The construction of seven turbines at West Benhar Wind Farm in North Lanarkshire will begin on 1 March, after the project team secured planning consent for some design changes in September last year.
Natural Resources Wales has named the four contractors that have secured spots on its four- year £65m next-generation construction services framework agreement
Industry Insights
Spring Budget 2021: Construction industry predictions and wishes
Spring Budget 2021: When is it, and what will Rishi Sunak say?
Chancellor Should Use New Freedoms to Support Construction
What could the construction industry look like post-pandemic?
Report calls for employment overhaul
Will they come back? Why British construction lost its Eastern European workforce
We can’t build back better without the builders
Number of furloughed construction workers rises again
Construction workers should not have vaccine priority, trade groups say
No traces of Covid found on London tube network
Government offers construction firms free covid test kits
Payment under the Construction Playbook: what’s the reality for contractors?
Balfour Beatty becomes second largest government supplier
Random testing of construction products proposed by certification group
‘Warts and all’ commentary is key to Playbook’s success
New Arcadis HQ to have room for just one third of staff that can fit into current King’s Cross home
'The beauty of concrete'
Reimagining The Future Of The High Street
Church of England calls for cross-party housing strategy
Mace sets ambition for £3bn revenue by 2026
BAM delivers electric vehicle charging points across UK and Netherlands
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Creating the first-ever 3D map of Northern Ireland’s coastline
Contractors trial 3D smartphone ‘X-ray vision’ of buried services
Cobots are gaining new skills to take on tougher jobs
5 Ways Drones Bring Value on Construction and Engineering Projects
Building an award-winning approach to housebuilding
Putting artificial intelligence to work
Insulating paint saves Cardiff bridge
Rising costs push developers to consider modular construction
4 Construction Technology Trends to Watch in 2021
Green Issues
This week’s green news
The possibilities for the UK’s net-zero drive are tantalising
Green skills gap 'could derail net-zero', major UK construction firms tell Government
What Makes A Building Material Sustainable? Top 5 Picks
Keltbray to use patented hollow pile design
Green homes grant will meet only tiny fraction of target in England | Energy efficiency
International Stories
The latest global round up
Toyota just started building a 175-acre smart city at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Photos offer a glimpse of what the 'Woven City' will look like.
Foster + Partners 291m-tall Manhattan tower tops out
Panama Line 3 monorail starts construction
Construction begins on Foster + Partners Red Sea International Airport
Spain aims to build world’s largest floating wind farm
Christians, Muslims and Jews to share faith centre in Berlin
Career Items
As a degree of normality becomes a possibility, this week’s first article looks at planning the return to the office.
A CEO’s Guide to Planning a Return to the Office
How a Work-From-Home design guru turned her Victorian home into the ultimate Zoom backdrop
How To Stay Focused While Working From Home
The 4 types of personalities leaders need in their inner circle
4 ways internal podcasts can help boost remote employee engagement
Mace aims to slash gender and ethnicity pay gap
5 things emotionally intelligent leaders do to retain remote workers
Addressing the mental health crisis that’s engulfing construction
Until Next time...
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