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The Pegasus Report - Issue #155

March 22 · Issue #155 · View online
The Pegasus Report
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News Roundup
In the South East, work is set to start on a new UK headquarters for the parent company of fashion brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, they will be moving from Knightsbridge to the Television Centre project. On Oxford Street in London, “build it and they will come” is the logic behind an artificial hill which, come summer, will rise at the end of the UK’s most famous shopping thoroughfare. A contractor has been confirmed for the latest nine-storey office building at the £8bn White City regeneration scheme. In Dagenham, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to secure more than 1,550 affordable homes on the former Dagenham Stamping Plant car works site in East London. British Land has offset the residual embodied carbon from 100 Liverpool Street, making it the developer’s first net zero carbon building and one of very few in London. Planning permission from Tunbridge Wells council to develop a new business park on the edge of the Kent spa town has been given, after housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he would not call in the application. Muse has been chosen for a £190m deal by West Sussex County Council to lead the redevelopment of a former pharmaceuticals site in Horsham. A pre-construction services deal for the design development phase for infrastructure needed to support construction of 10,000 homes at North London’s £6bn Meridian Water development has been signed.
In Yorkshire, Arcadis has been appointed to design and manage the redevelopment of the Harrogate Convention Centre – which was home to the town’s Nightingale hospital during the first peak of the covid-19 pandemic last spring. The Department for Transport is to move civil servants to a second HQ in Birmingham and a northern hub in Leeds as part of the government commitment to levelling up the country. Construction on Leeds city centre has continued at a rapid pace over the last 12 months, with many new developments finishing or well-underway, the city will have a whole new look when resirtctions ease, read more here.
On the South coast, a major mixed-use scheme in Southampton has been given the green light after the developer reworked the project because of covid-19.
In the Midlands, planning permission has been granted for the next phase of the Arena Central development in Birmingham. A Birmingham university has unveiled ambitious plans for a landmark new teaching block dubbed ‘the cheesegrater’. A public consultation is underway for a new £360m skyscraper scheme set to create around 1000 jobs and become Birmingham’s tallest building and the first carbon neutral skyscraper in the world. Also in Birmingahm, plans for a 14-storey building on the site of the Axis building have been approved after a last-minute agreement was reached between developers and planners, the proposal is for an office and retail block. A £9.5m scheme to improve walking and cycling routes to New Street Station and a new public square adjacent to Birmingham Hippodrome is set to start next month.
In Leciester, a planning application has been submitted to turn a former Debenhams department store into hundreds of new homes for rent.
In Scotland, Construction work has commenced on the new £33m Fife Elective Orthopaedic Centre at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
In the North West, Manchester is set to get a huge new public green space, the 390-acre masterplan to regenerate a huge swathe of land north of the city is currently underway – creating a host of new neighbourhoods, nicknamed ‘The Northern Gateway’. In Trafford, work will start this summer on a new £48m Hampton By Hilton hotel.
In the North East, Northumberland County Council has started tendering to find a contractor for a £40m project to build stations and car parks for the Northumberland Line.
In the South West, the University of Bristol has gained planning for an £80m landmark new library building at its Clifton campus.
In other news, HS2 Ltd has set a construction start date of Spring 2024 for Phase 2a of the project to take the line to the North. A team of ground engineers working for HS2 consortium Align have begun work on the foundations of the landmark Colne Valley Viaduct, it is set to become the UK’s longest viaduct. The UK government has set out its £20m vision to boost transport connectivity across and between the whole of the UK, as part of ambitions to level up across the country.

Industry Insights
One year on: Construction industry reflects on Covid-19
Optimism makes a comeback
Construction and housebuilding boosted by new government measures
The women taking on traditional stereotypes in construction
More questions than answers for national infrastructure bank
London remains Europe’s major global finance centre despite Brexit hit
Canary Wharf set to be London's next residential hotspot post-pandemic
COVID one year on: the inside story of how the industry’s leaders navigated the crisis
Existing offices could become ‘rapidly obsolete’ after pandemic, Landsec chief warns
Construction’s total suspected COVID outbreaks revealed
Setting up projects for success rather than managing failure
Crossrail may need more cash to finish job, consultant warns
HS2 revises plans for railway in Warwickshire to protect wildlife
Contractors warned they ‘must demonstrate’ safety measures to new regulator
Balfour Beatty narrows gender pay and bonus gap
Inspired by a sink full of soap bubbles: how we made the Eden Project
Jenny Bowles: Supporting Scotland’s recovery
CIOB to hold first global student festival
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Smart construction – how will it affect the future?...
Construction companies demand more real-time data
Digitising supply chain procurement the Balfour Beatty way
Green Issues
This week’s green news
£1bn allocated to slash public building emissions
Britain needs to recruit a Green Homes army
Mott MacDonald develops masterplan for UK’s first ever multi-modal hydrogen transport hub
The world’s most sustainable office building
Social value and the green agenda in construction procurement
Morgan Sindall to give subbies green rating
Green recovery could deliver 1.2 million construction and manufacturing jobs
Rail freight is vital to Britain’s economic success. It contributes £1.7bn to the economy and plays a big part in reducing congestion and carbon emissions
Aberdeen boosts plans for green energy
International Stories
This week’s global round-up
Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel to make way for $1.8bn renewal scheme
Hyundai sets sights on autonomous home-delivery robot
Norway’s first AI robotic sorting line opens
Google to spend $7bn on new buildings in the US this year
Chinese air-taxi company EHang aims to build first European vertiport in Italy
International team completes underwater “telescope” covering 500 million cubic metres
Career Items
This week’s career items
Why Having Fun at Work Is Important
If You Want to Succeed, Be Willing to Accept Help From Others
5 Steps to Create Meaningful Goals on a Seasonal Basis
Try this psychological trick to ‘hack’ your focus and motivation
Are video meetings chipping away at our sense of self-worth? A neuroscientist says yes
Until next week...
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