Deeley Group has started work on a fourth development in the area – after already building a school, church and church hall since the 1950s.
The latest project, which is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater, will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes at a redundant brownfield site on Tiverton Road.
It is being led by Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director at the Deeley Group, who follows in the footsteps of her father and grandfather in leading developments in Wyken.
George W. Deeley, who founded the company in 1936, was on-site for the building of nearby St John Fisher School in the mid-1950s.
The school was one of the first built in post-war Coventry and was the first school built by the company.
A 12-year-old Peter Deeley, now managing director, learned to drive a dumper truck for the first time on the development as he got his first taste of the world of construction.
He returned 20 years later to build the St John Fisher Church, providing a church for the parish that was formed in the 1960s.
And, 20 years on, Deeley were back in Wyken again, with current Deeley Construction managing director Martin Gallagher working as a quantity surveyor on the construction of the church’s parish hall in 1991.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We have a long history of developments in the area and are now adding new housing to the numerous benefits we have brought to Wyken.
“My career in construction started on site in the area in the 1950s. But it’s safe to say health and safety regulations have come a long way since then, as I was given the chance to drive a dumper as a young boy!
“At the time, our yard was based just up the road in Stoke and the completion of St John Fisher School was the first school the firm built.
“The church was an interesting project and has been of huge value to the community, with the addition of the parish hall giving more space for people to come together.
“We have committed almost seven decades to improving lives for people living in Wyken and the new housing development at Tiverton Road is the next step in our development in the area.”
Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “To be following in the family footsteps by bringing more important resources to this community is a great honour.
“As a child I recall going into the company offices on a Saturday, the family values are ingrained into me, and over the last 20 years I’ve seen the firm complete a wide range projects to improve the lives of people in communities around Coventry.
“By taking a short walk around the area you can see the positive impact the firm has had through the years and the housing project will bring further benefit to the people of Wyken.”
Matthew Crucefix, director of development (West) for Stonewater said: “We’re delighted to once again be working with Deeley Group on this project.
“It is important to Stonewater to work with partner organisations who know, understand and respect the local community in which we work.
“Over the years we’ve established a great working relationship with Deeley Group both as Stonewater during the last five years and with legacy organisation, Jephson Housing Association, prior Stonewater’s creation.
“We are delighted to be building much needed new affordable homes back in Warwickshire so soon after the completion of our joint scheme at Feather Lane in Nuneaton.
“Our work locally really demonstrates our joint commitment to help tackle the housing crisis and do what we can to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a place to call home.”
Pictured: Matthew Crucefix (Stonewater), Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) and Peter Deeley. (Deeley Group).
Site E3a Lion Court is a development of 44 premium one and two bed apartments on the bank of the River Nene at Southbridge.
The seven-storey scheme has now reached its highest point and a social-distanced topping out ceremony has been held by the development partners.
It comprises of a five-storey block with a river view penthouse occupying floors six and seven, and is the first development to be undertaken by Northampton-based developers H&F Enterprise UK Limited.
It is expected to be finished in February 2021 and work is being completed by Deeley Construction on behalf of the developer.
The development was initially scheduled for completion in Autumn of this year however this was pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Significant interest has already been shown in the apartments by first time buyers, investors, post-graduates and professionals attending and working at the nearby University of Northampton Waterside Campus.
Yan (Henry) Qu, Director of H&F Enterprise, said: “To have reached such a major milestone in our flagship project is an exciting moment for us.
“We’re looking to appeal to a younger market demographic with the apartments and they will be completed to a very high specification and standard.
“The development is in prime position and since work has started on site we have been inundated with enquiries from prospective buyers, from people already living in Northampton and those looking to move into the town.
“The topping out ceremony was a key point in the development, and it was fantastic to bring partners together for the event, including our construction partner Deeley Construction and our multidisciplinary planning and design team.
“This is a truly exciting scheme for Northampton and we’re confident it will bring great benefits to the community.”
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, added: “Our team have been working on-site throughout the Covid-19 pandemic on this development and it is fantastic to see it now reach its high point.
“We are an award-winning firm for our work in private residential developments, and this proven experience shines through here.
“This is a premium development in a prime position, delivered to the highest standards, and the interest already from potential buyers shows how highly sought-after property of this type is in Northampton.”
Pictured: Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) , Yan (Henry) Qu and Fan Zhang (H&F Enterprise) and Yousuf Miah (Development Planner).
Deeley Group has welcomed three new members to its team based at George House on Coventry Business Park.
Tom Jeffrey has joined as a trainee quantity surveyor, Jack McQuillan as a trainee site manager and the Group has also brought on board Denisa Zaharie as a PR and marketing intern.
Tom, 17 from Earlsdon, is undertaking a Level 3 extended diploma in Construction in the Built Environment at Royal Leamington Spa College alongside his role, funded by Deeley Group.
He said: “I came to Deeley on work experience last year and decided I would like to become a quantity surveyor during that work placement. I’m looking forward to learning more about the role.”
Jack, 16 from Stivichall, is completing the same course as Tom and also joined the company after a successful work placement from school.
He said: “After coming here on work placement I developed an understanding of the company, liked the people and was really pleased to then get a job here. My dad is a plasterer so I’ve always hoped to work in construction. My plan is to keep learning and hopefully move up the ladder at Deeley Group.”
Denisa, 21 from Romania, is studying Media and Communications at Coventry University and will be working closely with the marketing team on content creation and planning.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for me to learn how to apply the skills from my studies to the real world. I hope to be able to evolve my own skillset during my year here, whilst also helping to support the expansion of the company’s profile.”
Deeley Group is a member of The 5% Club, a group of more than 250 employers committed to developing the skills of young people.
The new starters bring the number of trainees currently working for the Deeley Group on a full-time basis up to seven – with further existing staff members also completing a range of further learning programmes.
The company is therefore going above the 5% Club target by ensuring 15% of its workforce is supported via one of its training programmes.
Around 20 per cent of the firm’s existing workforce has come through a trainee, apprenticeship or graduate programme.
Matthew Lynch, Commercial Manager at the Deeley Group added: “We have a long-standing commitment at the Deeley Group to supporting the development of talented young people and we’re pleased to bring Denisa, Jack and Tom on board.
“I have taken this route through my career at Deeley and have seen my own development benefit from it.
“Jack and Tom will be following a similar path and it is fantastic they are looking to develop careers in construction, especially with the skills shortage continuing to be one of the biggest issues facing the industry.
“Denisa joins us for 12 months as part of her year-out from Coventry University and, in the short time she has been with us, has impressed with her ability and attitude.
“Despite the difficult economic landscape we face today it’s crucial that young people are given opportunities to thrive in the industry, and we look forward to supporting their development over the coming months and years.”
Deeley Group often supports local schools and colleges by placing school and college students on work placements, and also works closely with a range of educational institutions across the West Midlands.
Pictured: Jack McQuillan, Denisa Zaharie, Tom Jeffrey and Matthew Lynch.
Coventry contractor and developer Deeley Construction has handed over the extension to the Millburn House based Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility after completing the £950,000 construction contract.
The single-storey extension features a lobby, plantroom and an NMR hall.
It will house the UK’s first 1 GHz solid-state NMR spectrometer – which is built around an incredibly powerful magnet – that will be used by scientists from across the UK in research for a range of applications and industries including pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and materials research.
The whole project was made possible by £8 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a wider £20 million investment in the cutting-edge technology across the country.
Deeley Construction completed the project in a controlled environment due to the close proximity of the other academic departments. The wider project team included Ridge & Partners (employers’ representative), BMJ Architects, CPW (consultant M&E design engineers) and Scott White & Hookins (structural engineers).
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “As a company, we have worked on many varied projects and this extension at Millburn House is a further example of that. I’ve certainly developed my understanding of NMR technology!
“The project has been delivered via the University’s Lot 1 contractors framework which made it a very strong partnership between everyone involved and that is always the best way to produce a positive result, which is exactly what we have here.
“As a Coventry-based company, we are very proud to have played a part in this nationally significant research facility that will bring scientists from all over the country to the University of Warwick.”
Professor Steven Brown in the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics and Director of the UK High-Field Solid-State NMR Facility, said: “The Millburn House based Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre at the University of Warwick is the largest solid-state NMR laboratory in the UK which currently houses the 850 MHz High Field National Facility.
“As part of the EPSRC/BBSRC research councils’ initiative to expand the national high field solid-state NMR capability, a state-of-the-art 1 GHz instrument is being added to the Millburn House Facility to enhance the research profile and international competitiveness of the UK biological, pharmaceutical and materials research programmes.
“Deeley was tasked with the construction of a new wing to the Millburn House Magnetic Resonance Centre, which has been constructed to house the new Bruker 1 GHz solid-state NMR instrument.”
Steven Brown (University of Warwick, Dinu Iuga (University of Warwick)
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, on how the pandemic has impacted diversity in the sector.
As the UK begins to come back to the workplace, there is masses of talk around the “new normal” and what that will look like.
Will it mean more time working from home? Will more of us cycle to work? Will real face-to-face meetings be a thing of the past?
It is, on many of the major issues, too early to say. However, I think the “new normal” in many professions will look more male.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that gender equality in the workplace may well take a step back several decades.
This is a bold statement for me, as I am an optimist, someone who has avoided women only organisations and believes that we all stand equal based on our results, but Covid-19 has changed my perspective.
We have surveyed all our staff – the majority of which are male – around the return to work and childcare, and asked if there is any reason that while the schools are not back that staff cannot return to work. The overwhelming response was no.
While that is great for us as a company, I would suggest that the response was driven by the fact that people’s female partners and wives are predominantly the ones who take responsibility for childcare.
As much as it should not be the case, I suspect that in a large majority of cases, the woman in a relationship has more responsibility for childcare, cooking and housework but also holds down a job.
That means that over the months of lockdown when childcare has not been easy to come by, women have had to make more of a compromise. That should not be the case, but it is and that cannot be right.
It is just one example of how Covid has magnified differences – differences between nations, differences between genders, differences between education systems, and it has only acted to highlight how much more there is to do to really bring equality in all aspects of life.
I have worked in property for 20 years now and the industry has definitely changed in terms of equality.
There is certainly a lot less alcohol than there used to be and that has made it much easier for women as a great deal of business was done in the bar after work or even on the golf course – and although I am rather fond of a round of sambucas I could never fit in a round of golf with raising two children!
Most of the changes which have been brought about, have come with the changing times and differing attitudes, but actually the recession played a part in that, as the extra-curricular activities were vastly reduced purely by financial necessity and life moved into coffee shops rather than bars.
Clients have also driven and shaped that change. As you get more investment, funds move further into property to increase their returns, it becomes more analytical and factual and less based on connections, and has meant it is more about what you know than who you know.
But, of course, there is so much more to do. I recently spoke at a secondary school in Coventry about the careers that are available in the property industry, but I still think that, as a sector, we are behind the likes of accountancy and law when it comes to attracting a wide range of young people into the industry.
There is certainly a great awareness in the industry of the need for more diversity, and that is not just in terms of gender or ethnicity, but also socio-economically. Take work experience – a great deal of placements are set up through contacts, and you could have real potential but without that network, it may not get the chance to be realised.
Not only is that morally wrong, it also means the industry is missing out on great talent. Some of the leading players have programmes which are addressing that, but lack of accessibility is a real issue.
Of course, everyone in business is focused around trying to keep companies going and people employed but it would be a tragedy if many of the advances in diversity are yet another victim of this wretched virus.
The much anticipated new Civic Centre and Library for Whitnash moved a stage closer this week with a unanimous agreement by the Town Council to sign a contract with Deeley Construction, which will make way for work on the new building to commence soon.
The project, which is being led by Whitnash Town Council in partnership with Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council, will see the creation of a vibrant new hub to replace the town’s existing community hall bringing a number of local services together. The new building will include a multi-use sports hall, library, community café, meeting room and offices for the Town Council.
Whitnash’s new £2million Civic Centre is being funded by grants from Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Sport England and a public works loan taken by the Town Council. An additional £20k for external elements such as landscaping, parking, electric vehicle charging points and bike racks was raised through a successful local Crowdfunding campaign.
District and Town Councillor for Whitnash, Tony Heath commented;
“A Civic Centre and Library on Acre Close has been a priority for our local community since it was identified by public consultation in our Neighbourhood Plan. I am therefore very pleased that thanks to the support from Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council and the efforts of local businesses and residents, we will soon have this vital multi-functional facility for the benefit of everyone in our town.”
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Cllr Andrew Day commented;
“A community hub is an essential part of every town, especially one as vibrant as Whitnash. This welcome new facility not only brings benefits to local residents, but provides jobs at a critical time in our recovery plan for Warwick District. Working in partnership with Whitnash Town Council we’re delighted to play our part in bringing this important and ambitious scheme to life.”
Steve Jones, Estimating Director at Deeley Construction, commented:
“As a trusted local contractor, we have worked closely with Whitnash Town Council and their partners to bring this scheme forward. For more than 80 years we delivered developments and engaged with community groups in Warwick District and will continue to do so to ensure the new civic centre and library respond to the needs of local people. We have been working on this scheme throughout lockdown and are looking forward to getting started on site in the near future.”
Councillor Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer & Transformation, commented;
“We have worked closely with our Town and District Council partners to fund and develop this project, so it is wonderful to hear that the new Civic Centre, including a new Library for Whitnash, is now one step closer.
“We’re delighted that our library service will be a key part of what will become a vibrant hub of activity for the community, bringing together a number of local services in a central location in Whitnash.”