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  • EV dynamic charging hub opens in Wolverhampton

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  • St John the Divine provided with food hampers for families this Christmas

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  • £1.8 million showroom completed in Birmingham

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  • Three-storey expansion starts at Ernesford Grange Community Academy

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  • Whitnash Civic Centre and Library declared open

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  • Former Wyken priest honoured with road name at affordable housing development

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  • Raising a cup as new drive-thru Costa opens in Wolverhampton

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EV dynamic charging hub opens in Wolverhampton

A UK-first electric vehicle (EV) dynamic charging hub is open in Wolverhampton.

The site is the first of over 150 charging hubs being delivered across the UK by Osprey Charging in a £75 million programme to eliminate charging anxiety ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.

Osprey worked closely with Deeley Construction, who delivered the new Costa Coffee site at which the hub is located, and Connect It Utility Services, who ensured the high power charging installation was built and energised on time and to high quality.

EV uptake in the Midlands is expected to skyrocket over the next decade, with a report from Midlands Connect projecting the number of registered EVs in the Midlands – currently at around 45,000 – to reach 1.7 million by 2030 – an increase of over 3,000%. This huge growth in EV adoption will require a sixfold increase in the number of EV charging points to meet demand for charging.

Other factors – such as Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone introduced in June 2021 to tackle air pollution –  are accelerating this trend, encouraging drivers in the region to move away from old polluting petrol and diesel vehicles to electric alternatives. Public EV charging infrastructure, such as Osprey’s new Wolverhampton hub, will help ensure that the transition to EVs in the region is both rapid and smooth.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “Whether it’s gigafactories, EV manufacturing or Clean Air Zones, The West Midlands is leading the way on low carbon transport, cementing its role at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

“The opening of our high-powered charging hub in Wolverhampton – the first of 10 in construction this year – once again puts the region at the leading edge of innovation, marking a step-change in the UK’s EV infrastructure as we accelerate towards mass adoption of EVs. The site, which deploys multiple high-powered chargers, will provide a blueprint for hundreds more right across the UK, meaning no waiting times for drivers and an overall outstanding customer experience.”

The site is a major boost to regional EV charging infrastructure, hosting four high power rapid chargers that can add up to 100 miles of charge in just 10 minutes. Located adjacent to the A463, the hub will serve major transport routes in the area that see more than 130,000 vehicles pass by daily, and has a Costa Coffee on-site, allowing drivers to relax and make use of their facilities while they charge.

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “As a company we have achieved carbon neutral status and are targeting net zero by 2036. Therefore, it is vital to us that we include sustainable features in all of our developments.

“Electric vehicles are at the heart of the drive to reduce carbon emissions and the high-power charging hub at the new Costa Coffee site will make it easier and more accessible for drivers in the region to go electric, and as a result reduce their carbon footprints.”

Martin Pitt, local EV driver, said: “I switched to an EV just over two years ago and haven’t looked back since – they are cheap to run, great to drive and importantly, cause much less harm to the environment than petrol and diesel vehicles. However, availability and ease of charging puts a lot of people off making the switch.

“Osprey’s new hub in Wolverhampton is great news for drivers in the Midlands and those en route. The sooner we have more projects like this, the better.”

UK-first technology deployed in Wolverhampton a “game-changer” for EV charging

Osprey’s Wolverhampton hub is the first site in the UK deploy a game-changing new technology – Kempower – which is enabling more locations than ever before to host multiple high-powered chargers on a single site.

Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in. They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies significantly between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.

This can reduce waiting times significantly, maximising the speed and availability of chargers for drivers, and increasing consumer footfall for the landowners hosting the hubs.

The technology also means grid connections can be optimised, allowing multiple high-power chargers to be installed per site and offering higher charging speeds without the need for more grid power. The physical footprint of each charger is also reduced by 74%, allowing space for more chargers, improving accessibility and reducing their visual impact to support planning permission.

Osprey’s £75 million UK-wide EV charging hub rollout will see a total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers installed across 150 sites nationwide over the next four years. Each hub will be located on strategic A-roads and adjacent to motorways, hosting up to 12 high powered chargers.

St John the Divine provided with food hampers for families this Christmas

A local developer working on a major school development has donated £250 to help a local church provide Christmas food hampers to local families in need.

Deeley Construction are currently leading on phase two of the Ernesford Grange School construction works and were keen to support some of the local community groups and projects in the neighbourhood to help in the run up to the festive season.

The Council’s Community Resilience Team supported Deeley Construction by linking them into some of the local community organisations in the area, including St John the Divine.

Deeley Construction had supported the local church earlier in the year with a financial contribution towards their Easter hampers for children and families and were keen to offer some support again this Christmas after seeing their great efforts previously and have donated a further £250.

St John the Divine have been supporting hundreds of local families with their school holiday activities alongside many other activities and events they host for the community. This Christmas they are again giving out food hampers to those families in need, alongside holding a live Nativity with animals outside the church for everyone to enjoy. The church has provided dinners to 678 people this Christmas and given hampers to 70 as part of the event.

Reverend Pam Howell, St John the Divine Church, said: “We are very grateful to Deeley Construction for their very kind donation towards the cost of food hampers we will be providing to local families in need this Christmas. This will enable families to be able to celebrate Christmas dinner without taking on debts they cannot afford to repay.

“It also helps towards the cost of the Christmas Outdoor Nativity we are holding on 21 December, when families will act out the Nativity outside with a live camel, donkey, and sheep, and receive catered food to takeaway – we expect around 500 people to attend across the day in safe socially distanced time slots.”

Edward Hudson, Deeley Construction’s Business Development Manager, said: “St John the Divine and the Council are clearly doing a great job not only supporting the community by providing some great festive entertainment but also raising interest in the environment, so we were only too happy to help them again. 

“Our work with St John the Divine is just one element of the community engagement we have undertaken during the construction at a local project. Using a local contractor greatly benefits local communities – on the local project 17 per cent of the budget has been committed to social value in the local community.”

Cllr John Mutton, ward councillor in the Binley and Willenhall area, added: “I’m really pleased to see how this kind donation can do so much to help the area enjoy a safe, fun Christmas and can help ease the pressure a little on people struggling over the festive season.”

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The value of generous donations like this from Deeley Construction is enormous. St John the Divine provides a lot of support in the area and this donation just re-enforces the partnership working which benefits so many.”

 

Photo left to right; Cllr Welsh, Rev Charlotte Jackson- St John the Divine, Cllr Mutton, Rev Pam Howell – St John the Divine, Dagmer Dias- St John the Divine Families Worker, Edward Hudson – Deeley Construction, Sharon Thomas- Community Resilience Team, Cllr Lakha

£1.8 million showroom completed in Birmingham

Deeley Construction has completed a new £1.8 million showroom for a major national retailer in Birmingham.

The firm has delivered the 15,000 sq ft Sofology store to the south of the city centre on John Kempe Way.

LondonMetric Property appointed Deeley Construction to construct the new store earlier this year, with the aim of expanding and enhancing its retail offering.

The project also saw the renovation of the front of the adjacent store at the retail park.

Deeley Construction, which has recently secured carbon neutral status, has completed the project to BREEAM Excellent status, the world’s leading sustainability accreditation.

LondonMetric worked closely with independent energy consultants from the outset of the project to achieve this.

The scheme incorporates an energy efficient envelope with responsible sourcing of materials, renewable technologies to reduce energy emissions and water saving devices. It also features electric vehicle charging points for customer use.

Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “This is the latest in a line of projects we have worked on with LondonMetric Property and is a prime example of what can be achieved through strong, continued partnerships.

“We carried out this project in a live retail park environment and using our extensive experience in these settings were able to keep disruption to nearby retailers and visiting customers to an absolute minimum. This stretched to maintaining access to the adjacent store as we carried out refurbishment works to its façade.

“As we drive towards our target of achieving net zero status by 2036 it is crucial we look to reduce the carbon footprint on all of our developments. During the Sofology build we ensured that sustainable construction was at the heart of the project.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with LondonMetric Property on future developments.”

Sofology opened the new showroom on Saturday December 4 and has created 12 permanent new jobs in the area.

Shaun Cook, Director of Retail at Sofology, said: “As our 55th opening, the new Birmingham store is part of our continuing expansion plans across the UK. We are committed to carbon efficiency and it’s great to know the showroom has been completed to BREEAM standards.”

Tom Pinder, Development Manager of LondonMetric Property, added: “We have a strong partnership with Deeley Construction having completed a number of new-build and refurbishment projects over the years.

“With our own carbon reduction agenda at the forefront of our operations, we are proud to deliver a scheme with such strong sustainability credentials. At a baseline, the shell build has achieved an ‘A’ EPC rating.

“Further to this, the building is future proofed to accommodate an enhanced renewable technology scheme which, if incorporated at a later date, would enhance the shell building further to net-zero carbon status.”

Three-storey expansion starts at Ernesford Grange Community Academy

Students at an Ernesford Grange secondary school will soon feel the benefits of a three-storey expansion after work started on the development.

Midlands-based Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, has started work on the major £5 million extension project at Ernesford Grange Community Academy.

A steel frame structure has now been erected and work is expected to be completed on the new building by September 2022. It will be ready for students to use by the next academic year.

It will create new teaching space and classrooms, with the work at Ernesford Grange Academy resulting in around 180 new places for potential students.

Deeley Construction has been supported by Lucas Architects and the development has been funded by Coventry City Council.

The school is part of the Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust which also includes the adjoining Riverbank Academy, a SEN school.

The three-storey expansion is phase two of a project which has already seen Deeley Construction build a state-of-the-art extension for Riverbank Academy.

Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “After the hugely successful first phase of development at the site on Princethorpe Way, we are now making great progress on the second phase.

“Deeley Construction has a proud history dating back 70 years of developing schools in Coventry and this new unit at Ernesford Grange Community Academy will help to create vital school places in this area of the city.

“The new expansion will provide high-quality educational facilities for staff and students that meet the needs of modern day education.

“Our team on site are carrying out the project with minimal disruption to the students attending the school on a day-to-day basis and we will be working with the school to provide valuable work experience opportunities on site over the course of the build.”

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change said: “I’m pleased that a local company has been busy working to create a new school facility. Not only will there be some great new classrooms – there will also be theatre available for community use.

“Biodiversity and sustainability also sit at the heart of this work and the addition of a mini forest is really rather unique.”

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The opening of these new teaching facilities will not just be great news for the staff and students at Ernesford Grange, it will be great news for Coventry, as the young people who study in these classrooms will hopefully go on to take our city forward.

“The lessons they learn here and the sense of pride and responsibility they take in their new facilities will be building blocks for their future. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and efforts that have gone into such a fantastic project”.

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PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Mark Ward (Deeley Construction), Denise Burrows (Headteacher, Ernesford Grange Community Academy) and Steve Turner

Whitnash Civic Centre and Library declared open

Whitnash Civic Centre and Library has been declared open after completion by Deeley Construction.

Whitnash Mayor, Cllr Adrian Barton, in the presence of honoured guests including the Mayors of Kenilworth, Warwick, and Leamington, leader of Warwick District Council, Andrew Day, chairman of Warwick District Council, Cllr Neale Murphy, joint project leader, Cllr Judy Falp, representatives from Deeley Construction, and members of the Library Service all attended the opening ceremony.

The building of the much-anticipated £2.5 million Civic Centre and Library for Whitnash is complete. The new centre includes a multi-use sports hall, the Whitnash Library, a brand-new community café, a meeting /conference room, and offices for Whitnash Town Council.

Bringing all these facilities together under one roof represents a major improvement for the town, and the new sports hall is significantly larger than the old community centre hall, which has served the town since the mid-1970s.

This project represents a major investment and is built on years of hard work, vision and teamwork needed to create a modern Civic Centre and Library fit for the future of a growing and changing town.

Whitnash was the first town in the district to have its own Neighbourhood Plan approved and adopted. This was thanks largely to long term Whitnash Residents Association District councillor, Judy Falp, who chaired the Neighbourhood Plan working group of town councillors and local residents, together with a consulting company, who developed the detail of the plan. The plan was then put to a local referendum and approved.

One of the main priorities to come out of the Neighbourhood Plan was the need for a new community centre and library. The existing community centre was deemed to be past its use-by date, and there was concern that the existing library could be forced to close in the longer term. The current library also housed the Town Council office facilities, and so the council would also have had to relocate in the event of the library closing.

Once the plan had been approved, the Town Council set about investigating what would be needed to make the aspiration for a new community centre a reality. A working group was set up, led by Cllrs Tony Heath and Judy Falp, that involved town councillors, the council office team, representatives of Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council, other local community groups, and consultants ATI Projects, to try to define what the project might look like, and how much it was likely to cost.

This was a project very close to Cllr Tony Heath’s heart. As a long term Whitnash councillor and resident, as well as being one of the founding members of the Whitnash Residents Association, Tony had long had an ambition to see the aging 1970s community centre replaced with something better for the future. He spoke about it during his time as Whitnash Mayor as long ago as 2001/2.

The working group, together with architects Bailey Garner, came up with several schemes, one of which was selected to be the final design of building. The scheme has been funded thanks to contributions from Warwick District Council, Sport England, Warwickshire Country Council and also a public works loan. An online crowdfunding initiative raised an additional £20k for external elements such as landscaping, parking, and bike racks etc.

In his speech before cutting the ribbon, Cllr Adrian Barton paid tribute to all those who had been involved, especially his colleague and mentor Tony Heath, who sadly passed away a couple of months ago, and never got to see the fruits of his labour over many years finally finished.

Cllr Barton also thanked the many organisations that had been involved in helping to make the project a reality, including Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council, and developers Deeley Construction. He also paid tribute to the Whitnash Town Council office staff, who had been involved in the project from start to finish, and also to Cllr Judy Falp, who along with Tony Heath, had worked so tirelessly on the project for so many years.

Cllr Judy Falp then spoke to pay tribute to former Whitnash councillor, Bernard Kirton, who sadly passed away last year. Bernard had been a formidable force in Whitnash over several decades, setting up the Whitnash Ratepayers Association (latterly the Whitnash Residents Association) with Tony Heath following a fall out with the local Labour Party in the 1970s. She went on to mention that Bernard arrived in Whitnash in the 1960s, and was met by a town with very few, if any, facilities. Over the years, he fought to improve facilities, and the opening of the new Civic Centre and Library is a continuation of that drive and passion for the town.

Bernard Kirton is honoured in the new Civic Centre by having the new meeting/conference room named after him. Cllr Falp unveiled the plaque on the door to the room, together with Bernard’s son, Mark.

Before the dignitaries and public were allowed to look around the new building, Cllr Barton had one more duty to perform. With Tony Heath’s family present, Cllr Barton spoke again about Cllr Heath’s involvement in the project, and unveiled a plaque over the door to the new community hall itself, which named the hall after Cllr Heath as a recognition of all the work he had done to make the project happen.

The sports hall has two badminton courts for hire, but is also available to hire as a space for classes and groups, and for hosting shows, plays and gigs. Many local exercise groups have already signed up to hire the hall. The meeting room will also be available for hire to the public and will be suitable for hosting meetings, team building, interviews or hot desking. The room has a large screen to show presentations, and will have a high-speed internet connection.

Independent cafe operator Blenz Café will be operating the new café within the Civic Centre building. This is a brand-new venture for Charlotte, a local resident, who is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her enterprise to life. She will be serving speciality coffee, tea and soft drinks, and sourdough toasties along with pastries and cakes.

As part of the project, the two football pitches and rugby pitch at Acre Close Park have been reseeded and renovated, although these will not be available until next year once they have been established. The skate ramp has also been moved and improved, along with the Whitnash wheel of fitness outdoor exercise equipment. Whitnash Town Council are also working to secure a grant to reinstate the measured mile at Washbourne Fields in the near future.

To can also view time-lapse photography showing how the build progressed and for more information visit www.whitnashciviccentre.uk

Former Wyken priest honoured with road name at affordable housing development

Father Robert Wright – who was fondly known in the community as Father Bob – passed away last year at the age of 68 and had called St. John Fisher’s Church home for a quarter of a century.

Robert Wright Drive can be found on a new housing scheme in Wyken being delivered by Deeley Group’s Affordable Living division.

The development is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater and will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes on Tiverton Road.

Robert was born in Hillfields in 1951 and ordained as Roman Catholic Priest in 1977. He served in Bicester, Nuneaton, Redditch and as Chaplain to the West Indian community in Birmingham, before returning to his home city of Coventry as Parish Priest of St John Fisher in Wyken in 1995.

In his time at St John Fisher he ministered at St John Fisher and St Gregory primary schools and worked closely with children at Cardinal Wiseman School, as part of his work with the Romero Academy.

He was a lifelong Coventry City fan and a season ticket holder for many years, attending home games when his parish commitments would allow. He ensured the church played a key role in the community and the church was a caring, inclusive and supportive place to worship and learn.

Liz Carr, Robert’s sister and a former teacher at St Augustine’s School, said: “We were delighted to hear that a road was being named after Rob, especially given its proximity to St. John Fisher‘s Church, his home for 25 years.

“He spent many happy years there, serving his parish and the local community, devoting his life to his ministry.

“He was especially happy given that Coventry was his home town, and being a lifelong supporter of Coventry City, he could easily make the home games and get back for Saturday evening mass.

“Whilst he would have been embarrassed at the thought of a road being named after him, his family and friends are really proud, as it is testimony to his hard work and commitment, and the regard he is held in, by all those who knew him.”

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “We have been working in the community here in Wyken for many years and for the last quarter of a century Father Bob has been right at the heart of that community.

“It is fitting and rightful honour for a great man who had such a profound impact on those he met and supported during his life. We hope that he would be supportive of our development at Tiverton Road and the creation of new affordable homes for the community which held him in such high regard.”

The new development at Tiverton Road will comprise of 23 affordable rented and 16 shared ownership properties, which will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (South and West) at Stonewater, said: “Building new homes should be centred around tackling local housing demand, whilst also enabling new residents to embed themselves within the existing community and its history.

“Naming one of the development’s roads after this highly respected individual is not only a great way to continue celebrating his work in the area but also presents an exciting opportunity for community building with both new and existing residents.”

 

Raising a cup as new drive-thru Costa opens in Wolverhampton

A Midlands developer has completed work to create a new drive-thru Costa in Wolverhampton and the coffee restaurant is now open for business.

Deeley Group, which is headquartered in Coventry, has delivered the new coffee restaurant on the Birmingham New Road and Spring Road junction.

The land was acquired from the neighbouring Forty Four Club which has invested the proceeds of the land sale into the club and its facilities.

Deeley Properties worked in partnership with Ziran Land to bring forward the scheme and Deeley Construction, another division of the Deeley Group, completed the £1.6 million seven month, development.

The drive-thru is on one of the primary routes between Wolverhampton and Birmingham and has created five full-time and 12 part-time jobs. A 15-year lease has been signed by Costa for the new unit.

Four of the UK’s most powerful electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on the site. The first of their kind in the UK, the chargers have been installed by Osprey Charging Network and each provides power of up to 150kW, meaning they are future-proofed for the next generation of electric vehicle technology.

Andrew Brazier, development consultant to Deeley Properties, said: “The new Costa drive-thru is already proving popular with people in the local area and those travelling between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

“This has been a great example of the flexibility and versatility of the Deeley Group and how our expertise across a range of areas enables us the company to deliver an end-to-end service on a development.

“The development has already had a positive impact on the community with investment in the Forty Four Club and new jobs created at the Costa.

“Roadside retail is a sector that continues to thrive and Costa signing a 15 year lease on this site is evidence of the sector’s strength.”

John Liggins, Managing Director at Ziran Land, added: “Finding this high profile site and bringing it forward for development has been challenging due to its brownfield status within a former mining area. But the team has delivered a development which is a magnificent aspect onto the Birmingham New Road”.

Patrick Sherriff, Property Director for Osprey Charging Network, said: “With more electric vehicles registered in September and October this year than diesel vehicles, it’s natural that brilliant roadside locations such as this will now host high-power charging stations. Osprey are delighted that the first of over 30 charging hubs in development will serve both the local and en-route electric vehicle drivers of the Midlands.”

Holt Commercial acted in the investment sale for the completed property to Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society.  Wade and Partners acted on behalf of the investor.

PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – John Liggins, Patrick Sherriff and Andrew Brazier.

Woodside Care Village wins regional LABC award

An innovative Warwickshire care home designed to support adults – including people with mobility needs, dementia and hearing loss – has claimed a major construction award and is now in line for a national industry prize.

Woodside Care Village in Warwick, run by local charity WCS Care and constructed by Midlands-based Deeley Construction, has picked up the LABC People & Place Award for New Housing – Best Purpose Built Accommodation in the West Midlands.

As a regional winner, the Deeley Group will have the chance to take home a national prize at a ceremony at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, where they will be joined by other finalists from across the country in the New Year.

Designed by Warwick-based Robothams, Woodside Care Village is a care home with 12 family-sized households, decorated in one of three lifestyles based on town, country and classical living. Up to seven people, who share similar care needs, interests and backgrounds, live together in each house, supported by a team of staff.

Two of the households are dedicated to the charity’s deaf service, Deafinitely Independent, and are supported by staff trained in British Sign Language.

The village has its own spa, as well an outdoor plaza – accessed by external walkways – featuring a hair salon, cinema, shop, launderette, and gardens with a bike track, outdoor gym equipment and water features.

Inside, each household has been fitted with circadian rhythm lighting which mimics natural light and helps reset the body clock of people living with dementia, which has benefits to wellbeing.

Night-time acoustic monitoring is another feature installed in rooms – it listens out for unusual sounds and sends an alert to a manager monitoring the system, who can make a decision about whether a carer is needed, ending the need for disruptive hourly door knocking throughout the night and leading to a better night’s sleep for residents.

Ed Russell, Chief Executive of WCS Care, said: “We’re delighted that Woodside Care Village has been recognised for its innovative design and construction regionally – and are keeping our fingers crossed ahead of the national finals.

“Design is fundamental to supporting us with our approach to care and we’ve challenged typical thinking about what a care home looks like. It means we’re able to really focus on quality of life, providing plenty of opportunities for people to continue enjoying what they’ve always done.”

Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “The design of the building, combined with the quality of care delivered by WCS Care, ensures that each resident maintains the sense of freedom and independence they’re used to, along with support if and when they need it.

“Features such as the outdoor plaza – where the shop, launderette and hair salon are – would look at home on any high street with shopfronts and signage to give them a real community feel, and the smaller households are more representative to what people are used to.

“It’s fantastic to hear that we have been named as a finalist in the national LABC People & Place Awards for this project, as it is one that we are extremely proud of given the positive impact it is having on people living inside the home and in the wider community, while highlighting the high quality of work that was delivered.”