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The Pegasus Report - Issue #153

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March 8 · Issue #153 · View online
The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report! Another very busy week for us, we are growing our team and would very much like to welcome Samuel Moore to Pegasus to support us in what we anticipate being a very busy year!
Following last week’s Spring Budget announcement, we have gathered the key news articles for construction in our industry insights section along with all of the other latest construction news, enjoy!

News Roundup
In Yorkshire, Leeds City Council is planning to spend £100m on home improvement measures over the next five years. Northern transport chiefs have agreed the final preferred routes for the ambitious Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project - including a new train line from Leeds to Manchester via Bradford. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans this week to launch a new National Infrastructure Bank to finance schemes and play a part in helping the UK reach its net-zero carbon targets, the new bank, will be based in Leeds. In Wakefield, work has commenced on a £6.4m warehouse, expected for completion by the end of summer 2021.
In the South East, construction is set to start later this year on a £60m student housing complex in Stratford, East London. The London Borough of Camden has approved plans to build a 10-storey office and research building for US pharmaceuticals giant Merck opposite King’s Cross station. Britain’s first retirement community for older LGBT+ people is to be created in Vauxhall at Norman Foster-designed Bankhouse.
In the North West, the joint venture behind the 120,000 sq ft Winsford scheme is preparing to start construction of the second phase of the industrial park after securing another letting. The train station in Warrington could become a key hub on the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail line, with Unilever’s nearby former factory used to free up the wider site for development. In Liverpool, French construction giant NGE has been selected to deliver Backhaul high-speed full-fibre infrastructure project.
In the Midlands, a contract has been secured with the University of Birmingham to transform Pritchatts Park student accommodation village into a £200m low carbon campus. Rushcliffe Borough Council has appointed Willmot Dixon to deliver its £16m Bingham town project, which will include a 25m competition pool, learner pool, gym, new community centre and office development. Construction work has started on one of Birmingham’s busiest roads - giving priority to new-style Sprint bus services. The scheme is aimed at tempting more drivers onto public transport by creating faster routes into the city centre. Multimillion-pound plans have been submitted to redevelop brownfield land in Edgbaston making way for a landmark 31-storey student accommodation scheme.
In Scotland, construction has begun at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus to deliver the £22.4M National Robotarium.  Six contractors have been chosen by Health Facilities Scotland for its new £650m framework. McLaughlin & Harvey and RMF – a joint venture between Robertson and FES – have also scooped places on the new NHS Frameworks. A multi-partner plan involving the Port of Cromarty Firth has been launched to establish a green hydrogen hub in the Highlands that will see Scotland lead the world in hydrogen technology.

Industry Insights
Budget 2021 summary: What it means for construction
CIOB responds to Spring 2021 budget
Key issues for construction from the 2021 Budget
First eight freeports to lead regional regeneration drive
Budget 2021: Furlough support welcome but net zero omission ‘disappointing’
UK construction enjoys solid return to growth in February
Time to turn words into action and deliver on infrastructure
Construction in ‘solid return’ to growth after commercial boost
What's Ahead For The Construction Industry?
Construction must adapt to thrive
ISG tops February contracts league
Construction plant shortages start to bite
Women in construction: changing the face of the industry
Construction hoping to lure retail staff to plug jobs gaps
Project SPEED aims to slash costs and halve time of rail upgrades
WWII bomb detonated in huge blast on Exeter project
Paying back furlough money ‘right thing to do’, says Galliford Try boss as firm resumes dividends
RICS gives members until April to let it know what reforms they want to see
HS2 construction complaints rise as work ramps up
Union fears over plan to house site workers on cruise ships
Bechtel loses £100m claim against HS2 over Old Oak Common station award
10 virtual tours of spectacular buildings around the world
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Drones could help find tidal energy sites
New sustainable building simulation method points to the future of design
Puppy training a robotic dog points to the future
Green Issues
This week’s green news
Is it worth tracking your carbon footprint?
UK urged to create green apprenticeships to help Covid recovery
A skyscraper will purify Shenzhen’s air with aquaponic gardens
The Gaia off-grid container house has a custom rooftop wind turbine
Lyme Park identified as National Trust produces 'Game changer' map reveals precious UK landmarks most at risk from climate change
International Stories
This week’s global news
$500m e-sports arena designed for Toronto
New York City to restart $17B of capital construction projects
Work begins on Foster + Partners’ Madrid headquarters for Acciona
Three shortlisted for Sydney mega project
Famous Tokyo rock venue to be replaced by $1.7bn skyscraper
Career Items
This week’s career items
Health matters just as much as safety
Employee expectations are changing. Here are 5 ways to keep up
Forget the 4-day workweek. How about the 5-hour work day?
Employee Appreciation Day should be all year. Here are 3 ways to make it happen
How to adopt Steve Jobs’s approach to well-being in the workplace
Experimentation is key to opportunity. Here are 3 ways to build it into your daily routine
Until next time...
Have a great week.
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