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The Pegasus Report - Issue #154

March 15 · Issue #154 · View online
The Pegasus Report
 Welcome to the Pegasus Report!
It is hard to beleive that a year has passed since the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic. Construction now matters more than ever, it will most definately hold a vital role in the post-pandemic recovery of our communities and economies. It is great to hear that activity is back on the rise!
On with the latest news…

News Roundup
In Yorkshire, the Northern Civic Quarter in Leeds city centre is set to get it’s first ever £1m penthouse apartments. It Otley, construction on a scheme to better protect residents from flooding started last week. North Yorkshire County Council has launched its search for contractors on a four-year £220m civil engineering framework, the council is looking for a number of suppliers to work on civil engineering schemes on behalf of the council. 
In the South East,  a deal to deliver £25m worth of MEP services to Helical’s latest London commercial scheme at 33 Charterhouse Street has been agreed. The City of London Corporation is to begin engaging with contractors over plans for a £330m project to build a new mega-wholesale market in East London.  Planning has been given for two zero carbon emission major office blocks in the heart of Slough next to the Queen Elizabth Line station. In Maidenhead, plans for the £500m redevelopment of the Nicholsons shopping centre in the town centre have been given the planning green light. A contract has been secured for the complex engineering job to deliver the revamp of the first major building to be constructed at Canary Wharf in London Docklands.
In the Midlands, Birmingham University has signed a £57m contract to build the first phase of its landmark new molecular sciences building. Work on two new gas peaking plants in Lancashire has commenced, the developments will also provide additional support for the grid and intermittent renewable energy sources – such as wind and solar. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has approved Eutopia Homes’ £130m plans to build a 480 homes, hotel and commercial space scheme in Birmingham city centre. Willmott Dixon has awarded two contracts worth £3.5m to Offsite Solutions to supply bathroom pods for a £78m regeneration scheme in Birmingham.
In the South West, a striking 150 tonne golden bridge has been installed at the £135m Copr Bay Phase One regeneration and arena scheme in Swansea.
In Scotland, construction work is under way on a multi-million pound leisure complex in East Dunbartonshire. A contract for £79.5m has been awarded to build the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde.
In other news,   two experts have been commissioned to explore the feasibility of a “fixed link” between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, as part of the government’s Union Connectivity Review. Nine contractors have secured spots on £1.5bn National Grid’s RIIO-2 electricity transmission construction framework.

Industry Insights
UK construction enjoys solid return to growth in February
Construction's green shoots start to show
Construction contract awards rise by 11% in February
Government banks on infrastructure growth
Demand for office return growing, Derwent boss says
Palace of Westminster 'deteriorating faster than it can be fixed'
Exodus of foreign workers ‘a threat to UK recovery’
New watchdog tells England's high-rise builders to 'get your act together'
CLC calls for an end to self-employment on sites
Balfour Beatty to repay £19m in furlough cash claims
All construction companies can now get free Covid tests
Breathtaking photos capture the blood, sweat and tears involved in building the Mersey tunnels
Tees and Humber wind farm ports to 'create 6,000 jobs'
First sector-wide skills plan for construction published
What offshore oil and gas can teach us about quality and safety
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
What does it take to be smart?
Besix deploys shaft-climbing robot to install elevators in Dubai skyscraper
700mph hyperloop moves closer to reality with construction of giant safety valves
America’s first commercial 3D-printed housing project goes on sale in Texas
How safe are modern methods of construction?
First-of-its-kind Starbucks built in just six days
Bouygues uses internet of things to manage 20,000 pieces of equipment in real time
Green Issues
This week’s green news.
The hydrogen revolution is real and it will change the world
Going green: shift to sustainable construction plus Scottish Passivhaus
CLC seeks industry support to drive net zero
Decarbonising the North West | The route to net zero
Eco-homes become hot property in UK's zero-carbon ‘paradigm shift’
International Stories
This week’s global news
China and Russia agree plan to build International Space Station on the Moon
Azerbaijan’s ailing construction industry set to surge after Nagorno-Karabakh victory
Russia, Turkey launch third reactor at world’s biggest nuclear power site
China’s $4.8bn high-altitude railway to Tibet “to finish before July”
Career Items
This week’s career items
Engineering graduate urges more women to consider railway careers
How to remain visible to your boss when you work remotely
6 ways to keep change fatigue from wearing down your teams
6 lessons in teamwork leaders can learn from competitive sailing
If You Think Downsizing Might Save Your Company, Think Again
5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity
Until Next time....
Have a great week.
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