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The Pegasus Report - Issue #157

April 5 · Issue #157 · View online
The Pegasus Report
I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter bank holiday weekend, welcome to this week’s edition of The Pegasus Report!

News Roundup
In the Midlands, one of Birmingham’s most significant public spaces, Chamberlain Square, has re-opened to the public as the final part of the first phase of the £700m Paradise scheme. The go-ahead has been given to deliver 120 factory-built affordable homes at a derelict site in Herefordshire. A major new £1 billion hospital is been planned for east Birmingham and Solihull, the proposed “campus” hospital will be a centre for research, as well as treating patients. Outline plans are set to be submitted this summer to build a 2.65m sq warehouse and rail freight hub for the Midlands.
In Yorkshire, plans for a £13m roads scheme to better connect Mirfield and Dewsbury with Leeds are set to go before regional decision-makers next month. A contractor has been appointed by Leeds City Council to deliver its new £7m Newmarket Approach vehicle depot. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is on the verge of receiving NHS sign-off to find a contractor to carry out its £600m redevelopment programme.
In the North West, a public consultation is launched last week on plans to create more accessible route for walking and cycling between key Manchester city centre transport hubs. In Cumbria, plans for a 92-bedroom extra care scheme and a 13-bedroom supported living development at the university’s Lancaster campus can go ahead, but proposals for a 10-storey student accommodation block still await council sign-off. The all-clear to start construction of Everton’s £500m, 53,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has been given.
In the South East, Farrans is expanding its design and build portfolio with two London projects worth more than £33m - Barnfield College in Luton has £17m contract to deliver a four-storey teaching facility and a £16.5m redevelopment of the existing Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Fresh Youth Academy. Outline planning for a £300m redevelopment of Albert Island to the east of London City Airport in the Royal Docks has been granted. A £83m contract with Royal London Asset Management has been agreed to build two separate office and residential buildings behind New Oxford Street in London. Plans have been submitted to redevelop a major London building near the Houses of Parliament in London, the £160m office scheme will see the existing Portland stone facade painstakingly dismantled and then rebuilt around a new steel frame structure. A £17.5m package of enabling deconstruction and new structural works on the new Museum of London project in West Smithfield has been awarded. Balfour Beatty has been appointed as preferred bidder by Royal Holloway, University of London, for the development of a £130m student village at Rusham Park in Egham, Surrey. A planning application with Havering Council for a £400m residential-led regeneration scheme close to the Crossrail station in Romford, Essex has been passed. A scheme to demolish Southend’s Queensway Estate to make way for a £500m housing regeneration scheme has been approved by local planners.
In Scotland, work is getting under way at the BDP-designed BioHub life sciences innovation hub in Aberdeen. A main contractor for the £42m extension of Paisley Museum has been appointed with construction expected to start within the next few months.
In the North East, new homes and businesses are being built along with new community facilities such as a hospital and leisure centre while repairs are ensuring historic monuments are preserved for many years to come, read all about the multi-million pounds investment in Northumberland here.

Industry Insights
Construction holds strong during pandemic – but what does the future?
Two-thirds of construction firms report strong Q4 turnover
Jenrick confirms huge expansion of high street and hospital PD rights
Construction industry welcomes updated pre-qualification standard
UK towns and cities to make room for return of alfresco dining
Free home testing Covid kits now available to all contractors
Boris Johnson urged to consider lifting 'work from home' guidance next month
Supporting Scotland’s construction sector
Major employers scrap plans to cut back on offices
HS2 workers attacked by group of 30 masked ‘activists’
Thames Tideway completes 9th and final central London shaft
Technology News
This week’s technology news
Managing the Risk from Drones to Construction Projects
What we can learn from going digital?
Green Issues
This week’s green news
Gatwick Airport: Can Crawley turn away from aviation and go green?
Government launches inquiry into making construction ‘net zero ready’
UK government scraps green homes grant after six months
Cement plant to use half of NZ waste tyres
Low-carbon asphalt trialled on Birmingham cycle path
Researchers aim to turn construction waste into healthy soil
Soy of the Rovers: the vegan football club kickstarting a green revolution
Willmott Dixon becomes first contractor to achieve green supply chain
International Stories
This week’s global round-up
Calligraphy-covered Museum of the Future nears completion in Dubai
Sydney rail line moved in 48-hour operation
Keep your heads down: See how this iconic roof was erected in Hong Kong without a single crane
Construction starts on second phase of Changjiang plant : New Nuclear
China's rural revolution: the architects rescuing its villages from oblivion
Career Items
This week’s career items
How to rethink your purpose after COVID-19
PwC says start when you like, leave when you like
This Company's New 2-Sentence Remote Work Policy Is the Best I've Ever Heard
3 things you must do if you want to land your dream job
10 Powerful Habits That Will Help You Become the Best Version of Yourself
You’ll never achieve work-life balance if you don’t know what you’re balancing
3 kinds of questions to ask to have more meaningful conversations
New to the Team? Here’s How to Build Trust (Remotely)
Until Next Time...
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