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The Pegasus Report - Issue #156

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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pegasus Report!
It’s almost Easter, the clocks have changed, the lighter evenings are finally here, it has certainly put a spring back in my step! We have had another busy week here at Pegasus we are seeing a huge increase in requirements from our clients all across the UK, everything seems to be moving in a very positive direction.
On with the latest construction news..

News Roundup
Starting this week in the Midlands, a contract to construct a 2.94 million sq ft global parts logistics centre at Mercia Park in Leicestershire has been secured. In Nottingham, planning has been agreed for a 700-bed student accommodation development at Derby Road. Construction in Birmingham is gathering momentum at pace, despite the pandemic, the tranformation of the city has carried on. See three of the construction sites and CGIs of how they will look here. Plans have been revealed for a net zero carbon-ready mixed-use scheme with four towers, including a 53 storey build to rent building at Curzon Wharf in Birmingham. One of the biggest development opportunities in the UK is taking a major step forward with the launch next month of a body which will begin the work of the proposed East Midlands Development Corporation, forecast to create 84,000 jobs and add £4.8bn of value to the regional economy, the three zones include the site of the East Midlands Freeport, the only inland freeport signed off in the budget by chancellor Rishi Sunak. 
In the North West, plans to build a pair of 56-storey skyscrapers in Manchester city centre have been revealed, with the development likely to yield a sizeable economic boost. Greater Manchester’s business community feels optimistic about its post-pandemic recovery with construction sector activity leading the way, read more here. A £41m boost for brownfield development will see a further 2,700 homes built across Greater Manchester.
In the South East, plans by Transport for London to build a 17-storey office building above Southwark Underground Station have been approved by Southwark councillors. The go-ahead has been given from the London Borough of Hillingdon to bring the former pressing plant at The Old Vinyl Factory back into a mixed-use venue. London South East Colleges has partnered with housing association L&Q to draw up plans to redevelop its campus in Greenwich, London. Specialist surveyors from across the UK are being invited to bid for £80m of inspection contracts for the restoration of the Palace of Westminster. It emerged last week that a decision on whether the 90 metre-tall MSG Sphere can be built in east London could still be some months away, a decision will be delayed until at least after London’s mayoral vote on 6 May. In Oxford, first phase plans to build a £500m life sciences and housing scheme have gained full detailed planning.
In Yorkshire, Bradford look set to get a brand new train station, the ambitious plan for the high speed rail link to replace the city’s rail Interchange could be ready by 2030.
In the South West, work is set to start on a £12.8m contract to create a new operational hub for Gloucestershire Constabulary
In Wales, the Welsh government is sounding out the construction industry to see if there is still interest in building a fleet of tidal lagoon schemes.
In Scotland, a £15m price to build a bio-therapeutics hub at the Foresterhill Health Campus, close to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been agreed. A pre-construction agreement for the first phase of the £70m restoration and redevelopment of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Scotland’s first public access biomethane heavy goods vehicle (HGV) refuelling station has begun construction, aimed at fleet operators trying run vehicles on low-carbon fuel, supporting net zero plans and saving money.
In other news, plans have been confirmed for the biggest ever windfarm off the UK coast. The £3bn offshore windfarm will be called Sofia.
Industry Insights
Analysis: Will London's office sector rise or fall?
A step change in the way we build homes is coming, whether you like it or not
Scotland's construction recovery plan makes progress
Delivering one of the UK’s largest COVID-19 Lighthouse testing laboratories
First HS2 tunnel segments produced at site precast factory
Mace tells government setting up six regional MMC hubs will speed up its rebuilding programme
Henry Boot Covid tests show no greater risk from construction
Fall in construction apprenticeships threatens economic recovery, warns FMB
Extended site working hours to remain until end of September
Around 230,000 people in construction still on furlough, HMRC says
UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea
TClarke: how the M&E firm plans to double its turnover
Failing to plan is planning to fail - getting procurement preparation right
Concept design for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro unveiled
The best construction images of the month
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Digital and robotic construction the focus for CIOB Hong Kong conference
Solving late payment: how going digital will help
CIOB and CWIC launch VR construction experience for students
Sustainability based on economic motives
Mace backs modern methods of construction to save sector £2.8bn a year
Green Issues
This week’s green news
How the CIOB is taking action on climate change
Government must set out clear strategy for decarbonising rail network, say MPs
Carbon data shows scale of net zero challenge
British Land sets targets to cut greenhouse gases
‘Greening’ could reduce historic homes’ emissions by 84%
Balfour plans carbon calculator to inform design choices
Why we can’t forget biodiversity in the race to net zero
Employers must ‘take lead’ on net zero training
International Stories
This week’s global roundup
BAM Nuttall renews Antarctic base deal for 10 years
Crane 'flies' over New York City street to land atop Tiffany & Co. construction project
Developer launches cryptocurrency-friendly bond to build self-powered Arctic hotel
Thailand’s land bridge rail-and-port project “to be unveiled in June”
Gallery: Scenes from the Future
Waldorf Astoria Miami will become the tallest tower south of Manhattan
LEED-targeted Pirelli 39 features a carbon-absorbing vertical forest in Milan
Career Items
This week’s career items
Can companies actually help workers stay happy and healthy?
Podcast | Covid’s impact on mental health in construction
What a Year of WFH Has Done to Our Relationships at Work
8 mistakes that can ruin your video job interview
4 best practices for building resilience during a challenging year
What Formula One racing taught me about effective, high-speed teamwork
This Is What Chronic Pandemic Stress Is Doing to Your Brain
This CEO Just Brilliantly Explained How Remote Work Will Change the World by 2030, and It's Next-Level
Kids Who Do Chores Become More Successful Adults. (Here's How to Teach Them)
Until Next time...
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