Ernesford Grange Community Academy has received a substantial donation from Midlands-based construction and development firm the Deeley Group, which is headquartered in Coventry.
This has enabled the school to purchase kits for their Year 10 football team, holders of the prestigious West Midlands County U15 trophy.
Gary Heavey, PE teacher at Ernesford Grange Community Academy, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the sponsorship – the students are loving pulling on their own strip that is personal to them and reflects the values and traditions of the Academy. The days of using their regular PE kits are no more!
“The kits will soon be in action for another major schools final, as we plan to lend them to our equally talented year nines, who are in a Coventry final in the coming weeks.
“It’s really important for us to receive sponsorship to support the school’s sports budget, thereby allowing us to support our talented footballers – which may not have been possible without the boost from Deeley Group.”
The sponsorship follows on from the major £5 million extension project undertaken by Deeley Construction at Ernesford Grange Community Academy, which is expected to be completed by September 2022 and funded by Coventry City Council.
It will create new teaching space and classrooms, with the work resulting in around 180 new places for potential students. The new, three storey building will be ready for students to use by the next academic year.
The expansion is phase two of a project which has already seen Deeley Construction build a state-of-the-art extension for the adjoining Riverbank Academy, a fellow Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust and designated SEN school.
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of Deeley Group, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support a local school in this way, and would like to pass on our congratulations to both the year nines and tens at Ernesford Grange Community Academy for the great success they’ve had this season.
“Supporting the local community is an important part of our strategy, and we’re pleased to continue our partnership with the community academy, with the extension project we embarked on together just last year now well underway.
“We look forward to seeing the new kits in action in the near future.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Ernesford Grange Year 10s, West Midlands County U15 champions, pose in their new kit
Children at the Little Foxes Playgroup, which is associated to The John Moore Primary School, have been enjoying learning in a new outdoor kitchen.
The kitchen gives the children a chance to develop life skills and encourages using the environment to cook up culinary delights like lavender soup and mud cupcakes.
It was constructed by Daniel Webb, Chair of Governors at The John Moore Primary School, after timber and materials were donated by house-builder Bloor Homes and Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction.
The materials donated were also used to create a reading den, which will be used by children aged three to four in the pre-school.
Daniel Webb built both structures off-site and then they were transported free-of-charge to Little Foxes Playgroup by Tewkesbury-based Robert Express Delivery (RED).
He made a further mud kitchen for the Rising 3s room pre-school room.
Little Foxes Playgroup is a registered charity and will become part of The John Moore Primary School in September 2022.
Bronwen Williams, Early Years manager at Little Foxes Playgroup, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of Daniel, Bloor Homes, Deeley Construction and RED to help us create this new space at Little Foxes.
“It will be a great resource to support our children and the children have made a card to say thank you as well. They are absolutely loving using it and are in it every day, with the reading den proving hugely popular with pre-schoolers too.
“We’re a registered charity and to fund a project like this would have taken a large chunk of our community funds.
“The mud kitchen gives children a chance to take learning outside and in a natural environment – and learn skills like mixing, and provide further learning opportunities for maths, literacy and all areas of the Early Years curriculum.
“Coupled with the reading den, they both enhance our education delivery in a fun way and we really appreciate everyone that has supported us.”
Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, is currently building a new 18,000 sq ft regional office for Bloor Homes in Tewkesbury.
Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, said: “This is the first time we have worked in Tewkesbury and we always look to make a positive impact in the communities we work in.
“We heard that Little Foxes Playgroup needed some support with material and were delighted to help with a donation of timber. We hope the children enjoy using this great new facility.”
It is the second time that Bloor Homes has supported The John Moore Primary School, having donated materials to create a similar mud kitchen and forest school at the school site in 2020.
Steve Roberts, Managing Director at Bloor Homes’ Western region said: “We’re always pleased to support local schools and playgroups in the areas we work and build in – thank you to Deeley for partnering with us here in Tewkesbury. We are really pleased the children are enjoying their new kitchen and reading den.”
The law change has brought about changes to Part F (Ventilation) and Part L (Conservation of fuel and power), as well as the introduction of Part O (Overheating) and Part S (Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles).
It’s important to reiterate that as an industry leader, we’ve been aware of likely changes and have been continually seeking advice from energy and sustainability assessors, and monitoring the government’s movements in anticipation of these amendments to ensure we’re as prepared as we can be.
We have developed an in-depth understanding of what the new Part L regulations mean for our future homes
How will each new element of the new regulations enhance the service being delivered for each of our partners and, resultantly, the homebuyers that get their dream home through our services?
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Part O relates to overheating, which is something we have considered on projects already, especially where there are restrictions on opening windows and doors due to noise levels imposed by unique circumstances such as adjacent roads and railways.
Compliance with this will therefore be reviewed at the same time as the thermal analysis is undertaken for each build, complying with Part L to ensure we are creating comfortable environments that can be managed effectively by our clients once our work is done. With this in mind, Part O will also require us to look at the number of glazed areas in comparison to the room sizes as well as the orientation and shading of the building elevations.
Part F relates to ventilation of the properties, and bearing in mind the air tightness that we are achieving to comply with Part L, this ensures that each new home we create is well ventilated through innovative mechanical technology.
Part S now calls for us to implement suitable infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicle car charging for all of the dwellings. We’re ahead of the curve here already, as this is something that we were providing under the previous Low Emission Strategies, a requirement within various local authority planning policies.
We have assisted clients such as Housing 21 making their new homes ‘fossil fuel free’ and will continue to develop the design of future facilities
Why are the Part L regulations of particular importance to Deeley Homes?
Focusing on the here and now, the new Part L regulation places an emphasis on the fabric of the buildings and air tightness solutions, which creates a completely sustainable and healthy environment that’s easily controlled.
From a Deeley Homes perspective, this will fully support the house associations, purchasers and tenants that we work with as partners, providing them with better control of their dwellings, allowing them to be more energy efficient and therefore more cost effective, which, especially noting the current climate, is incredibly useful.
In anticipation of an altered on-site homebuilding process, Deeley Homes has instigated numerous workshops and information events to ensure employees across the business are aware of these changes, as well as spending time and money on having ‘out of the box’ strategies in place for achieving compliance with the main Part L for both affordable and market sales houses.
We recognise that the homes we build will be guided by the new regulations, and this places a requirement on ourselves to control the quality of the building activities on site, with increased energy efficiency at the forefront of our work.
Deeley Homes will help manage this by implementing software to assist managers in the checking and signing off process and making sure any remedial and rectification works are undertaken before works progress onto the next stage of the build.
Looking ahead to Part L and the future of Deeley Homes
As part of the review into compliance to the new Part L, undertaken by Deeley Homes, we’re continually considering our work from a practical and cost basis for our clients.
Our focus is on making sure we provide homes that comply with the new Future Homes Standard, thus ensuring we are prepared for the next stage – which is houses becoming more energy efficient and reducing demand for natural resources.
For us, our job is to use our expertise to create homes that are accessible to every prospective homeowner. That, after 85 years of home creation, is the modern Deeley way.
Deeley Construction has been named Midlands Member of the Year by The Building Safety Group, the UK’s largest construction safety group.
The award was given to the firm, which has been operating in the Midlands region for over 85 years, at the 2022 BSG Health and Safety Awards at the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove.
Keith Galletly, Health and Safety Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as the BSG Member of the Year.
“As a business that has been in operation for nine decades, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to remain responsible, putting in the work day in, day out to ensure the highest health and safety standards are set across the business, from our offices in the heart of Coventry to our developments and projects all over the region.
“I would like to congratulate every member of the Deeley team who has worked diligently to contribute to this renowned health and safety award achievement.”
BSG Managing Director, Stephen Bell said: “The BSG Awards ceremony was once again a national celebration of our members’ dedicated commitment to health and safety in construction.
“Recognised award winners such as Deeley Construction should be immensely proud of their achievements and highly commended for their admirable approach to reducing risk in the workplace.
“It is BSG Members like Deeley who make a significant contribution to raising the bar when it comes to health and safety standards across the sector, and we offer them our congratulations.”
The full list of winners, highly commended and shortlisted companies can be viewed here.
Deeley Construction has begun work to build the new Burton Green Village Hall, to provide a modern and energy efficient facility.
The new village hall is a five-minute walk from the previous site and will be a modern equivalent to the former building, with a high-quality commercial kitchen, abundance of natural light and office facilities among the improvements.
Burton Green Village Hall is a charity and run by volunteers, including 12 trustees who oversee its management, and welcomes hundreds of users every week.
The existing hall will remain open until the new facility has been completed and will continue to deliver its valued programme of community activities.
The project is funded by HS2 Ltd and work is expected to be completed in November 2022.
Burton Green Village Hall has been designed by David Benn from VB Architects and the trustees have been supported by David Dumbleton MBE, Senior Partner at Rotherham & Co Solicitors.
Cheryl Wall, chair of trustees for Burton Green Village Hall, said: “It’s exciting to finally see work start on our new village hall. We have worked extensively with our partners over the past decade to get to this stage.
“After a lengthy process, we selected the site for the replacement village hall and the associated outdoor space will help us to expand our services, particularly with hosting events such as village fetes.
“We will have expanded parking facilities, including electrical charging points, and the area around the hall will be landscaped.
“Burton Green Village Hall is at the heart of our community. It’s used by the parish council, residents’ association, Women’s Institute and a wide range of other groups, including our wine club, stitch group, toddler group, dance academy and many more.
“It’s a really important place for our village. We hope the new hall will attract residents from all over the village, we have worked hard to make it accessible and attractive to our newer residents too.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “We have a proud history of working on developments which are central to local communities.
“Burton Green is a growing community and this new village hall will be central to community life in the village for many years to come.
“It will be built to be a low-carbon emitting facility which will provide additional biodiversity to the area. As a developer, we are committed to reaching net-zero by 2036 and sustainability is at the heart of all of our developments.”
Richard Hardy, founding partner of Coventry-based commercial property specialist Bromwich Hardy, said he was delighted that work was now under way on site.
“We worked with the village hall committee over a period of ten years to identify this new site, negotiate with HS2 as to the exact specification for the new hall and are pleased to see that progress is now being made to develop what will be an essential part of village life.
“A huge amount of work has gone into getting to this point and we look forward to the village enjoying this new facility for many years to come.”
Poppy Meadows will enable over 55s in Didcot, Oxfordshire to live independently with access to an on-site care team.
The new Extra Care scheme hosted a successful launch event at the District Community Centre, just across the road from the development, with firm interest being shown by prospective residents.
Poppy Meadows will consist of 80 stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments with a care team available 24/7 offering tailored support for residents that need it.
The scheme is being delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction and Vale of White Horse District, supported by the £2.4 million Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.
The development is currently being built and is anticipating opening their show apartment and marketing suite in August 2022.
Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager at Housing 21, said: “We’re very pleased with how the build is coming along, and it was great to meet with prospective residents at our launch event held at the local community centre. Now we’ll look forward to getting the show apartment ready to show future residents around in early August.”
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to hear of the excitement from prospective residents at what will be a state-of-the-art Extra Care scheme providing vital homes to people in Didcot.
“We’re proud to be continuing our strong partnership with Housing 21 on this development.
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Poppy Meadows is being delivered to the highest standard and we are certain that residents will love living here when it is completed.”
All apartments have been designed and are being built to high quality standards to provide fully accessible facilities for residents. Residents can expect quality fitted kitchens, level access showers and specialist flooring to reduce slip hazards, in addition to living in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC C) status property.
There will also be a range of communal facilities including a residents’ lounge and gardens, as well as a café/bistro and an on-site hair salon that will be available for use by the wider local community too.
For more information about Poppy Meadows, visit www.housing21.org.uk.
The scheme in Dawley Road is scheduled to open in early 2024 and will offer residents a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments together with a variety of communal facilities.
The scheme is being delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council and Midlands-based Deeley Construction.
Debbie Hope, Head of Development for Housing 21, commented: “There is a clear need for suitable housing for older people in Telford and we are hopeful that this is the first in a new pipeline of projects.
Telford and Wrekin Council was particularly supportive when getting this scheme in to contract and we will continue to work together to bring the property to life.
These apartments will provide a fantastic home for our future residents and will have a truly transformational impact for those people on a day-to-day basis.
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Housing 21 currently manage Heywood Lonsdale Court, a Retirement Living scheme in Wellington, but this new – as yet unnamed development will be their first Extra Care scheme in Telford.
Supported by a Homes England grant of £4.55m, the development will comprise of 20 one-bedroom and 50 two-bedroom apartments. Thirty of the two-bedroom apartments will be dedicated for social rent, with the remainder available for shared-ownership.
Future residents can look forward to benefitting from a range of communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, a café/bistro and communal gardens. The café/bistro and an on-site hair salon will also be available for use by the wider local community.
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “The development at Dawley Road marks the latest in our partnership with Housing 21, following other developments at Chipping Norton and Didcot.
“As a business we are targeting Net Zero status by 2036, therefore we’re excited to be working with Housing 21 on its first all-electric building which will help lower energy usage and reduce carbon emissions.
“As well as supporting Housing 21 with their Environmental and Sustainability targets we have the expertise in delivering innovative extra care facilities of this type and will be working with our partners to create a facility that caters for the housing needs of older people in Telford.”
CAPTION: CGI exterior image of the new scheme in Dawley Road, Telford
Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction, in partnership with Bird Group, has started work on-site.
The £730,000 development will create 12 full time and 12 part time jobs, with the facility expected to open to the public this Autumn.
Planning consent to create the new drive-thru on Shipston Road, adjacent to Rosebird Community Hall on land owned by Bird Group, was confirmed in February 2021.
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Andy Bodily, Contracts Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “This new unit will be a welcome addition to the local area. It’s situated on one of the main routes into Stratford town centre and will prove very popular both with both cold and hot drink lovers wanting to quench their thirst as they pass through.
“We’ve enjoyed collaborating with The Bird Group on this community-focused project, which will not only enhance Stratford’s hospitality offering but also increase footfall at the retail park for years to come.
“Deeley Construction prides itself on adding real value to the assets of its clients, and the anticipated opening of the new Costa facility at the Rosebird Retail Park is testament to this.”
A multi-year lease has been signed with Costa for the new unit, which is to sit on the old Stratford-Banbury railway line, once used by the Allies during the Second World War to transport iron across the western front.
Tony Bird, Chief Executive at Bird Group, added: “The team has delivered an important development which will expand on the offering to shoppers at the Rosebird Centre and Retail Park.
“Creating new units for a range of end-users is our bread and butter, and this Costa will particularly stand out due to its unique structure, exemplified through the innovative roof imagined up by our architect.
“To have brought this forward from concept, through planning and delivery alongside our partners at Deeley Construction for the benefit of all involved, is really pleasing.
“We’ve been working on the Rosebird retail site for over a decade, fostering close relations with and investing in the neighbouring community hall. We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with them and working to improve the local amenities in place for the Stratford populace.”
CAPTION – (L to R) Tony Bird of Bird Group, Employer Agent Graham Hale, John Elliott of Bird Group and Andy Bodily of Deeley Construction