Victoria Prentis MP was on hand to witness the start of construction of the new Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre during a visit to the development.
The Member of Parliament laid down the first brick, accompanied by the Leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Barry Wood and Chair of Policy, Cllr. Richard Mould.
Plans for the Centre were approved at the beginning of the year, with Deeley Construction recently appointed by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to carry out the construction.
The Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre forms part of a brand new Village Centre planned to bring several new facilities, including a day nursery, convenience store, outdoor space and four additional retail units to the development.
There will also be a community recycling centre located within the Kingsmere Village Centre along with bicycle and car parking spaces.
Victoria Prentis MP for North Oxfordshire comments: “I am really grateful to Countryside for arranging a tour around Kingsmere and the new community centre development.
“Kingsmere is now a well-established development in Bicester and has a strong community feel.
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I am keen to see this replicated across other local developments, particularly given the pace of house building across North Oxfordshire. Space for local groups and events is really important, not least in the way it encourages people to come together and meet one another. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”
Thomas Borwick, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd comments: “We’re thrilled that construction of the new community and youth centre is now underway as it will provide a fantastic new facility for Kingsmere residents and the wider Bicester community.
“It was a pleasure to host Victoria Prentis and Councillors on Friday, they have been involved in the project and it is great that they were so keen to come and see the start of construction. This marks another big step in the evolution of Kingsmere and once completed, the Community and Youth Centre will be a major hub for our residents.”
Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “As new homes go up in Bicester it is right that the council and developers plan for the life of the new communities that are being formed, providing places for people to come together.
“It was a pleasure to be invited to the start of construction of the new community and youth centre and I am confident that these new facilities will help Kingsmere’s residents live happier and more fulfilling lives.”
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen to bring this new community centre to the Kingsmere community.
“We have experience of delivering community projects of this type and we are very pleased to be working with Countryside Properties to create a new space for local people to use and enjoy.”
Kingsmere is quickly establishing itself a modem village, with excellent community and educational facilities served by unbeatable transport connections.
The development is home to a selection of house styles ideal for a range of homebuyers, provided by multiple homebuilders, including Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Persimmon. The community centre is due to be completed and in full use in early 2018.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit: www.kingsmere-bicester.com
Deeley Construction has helped take Orbit over the half-way point to achieving its target of developing 12,000 new homes by 2020.
The handover and completion of three family homes at Union Park, in Leamington Spa, means one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations has now delivered 6,000 new homes since April 2013.
Union Park is a £29m development of 147 family homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham, and is due for completion in spring 2018.
Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, said: “We are extremely proud that we are helping Orbit reach this milestone which is of national importance in the campaign to solve our housing crisis.
“The homes will meet a very real need for people in the area who want to live locally but would, without schemes such as this, be unable to do so.
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Offering canal-side living, Union Park will bring 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent.
Chris Jones, development director at Orbit, added: “These homes bring us half way to our target of delivering 12,000 new homes across the Midlands, east and south by 2020.
“This fantastic achievement highlights the acceleration of our sector-leading development programme as well as the hard work of our teams across the country.
“Union Park is a unique development in Leamington, providing more housing options and quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”
Deeley Construction has landed a £2.9million contract to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Buckinghamshire.
The company has been appointed by Leamington-based developer AC Lloyd to create a new 40,000 sq ft complex on land in Princes Risborough.
The property will be occupied by iLECSYS, a multi-disciplined company working predominantly within the electrical control sector. Its main areas of operation include electrical distribution products, rail, hazardous area, engineering and sheet metal fabrication.
Work has just started on-site and the build is scheduled to be completed in February 2018.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be working with AC Lloyd once again.
“The two companies have developed a very strong relationship and this adds to the range of schemes we have worked on together, which include a bus depot and a college teaching block.”
He added: “There is a train line and woodland nearby but we have put measures in place to ensure we are a considerate neighbour to both of those and there is also a furniture manufacturer nearby and we will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for the company.
“Work is now underway on-site and we are looking forward to delivering another successful project for AC Lloyd.”
iLECSYS Group is relocating from its current site in Tring, which has been its home for the last 15 years. A total of 50 members of staff from its head office will be re-locating to the company’s new location in February.
Des Wynne, director at AC Lloyd, said: “Deeley Construction came forward with a great tender and we are delighted to be working with Martin and the team again.
“We know from the work we have done together previously that Deeley meet the very high standards that we set ourselves and I am sure iLECSYS will be extremely pleased with its new base.”
Caption: Front, Grace Tipson (iLECSYS Group) with, back, from the left, Lewis Westbury (iLECSYS Group), Kevin Minns (Minns Network Developments), Des Wynne (AC Lloyd) and Steve Turner (Deeley Construction)
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A new scheme of student residences in Leamington has been given top marks – as it reached its highest point.
Coventry-based Deeley Construction is building 100 new residential units on behalf of WCG at its Royal Leamington Spa College campus in Warwick New Road.
A topping out ceremony was held at the scheme to mark the development reaching its highest point, with work due for completion later this year.
The new £4.5 million development came about when WCG was in discussion with Deeley Properties, the development division of the Deeley Group, on its need for more student residences.
The company came up with an innovative way of funding the scheme by inviting a pension fund to invest in the development, allowing Deeley Properties to take care of the design, build, finance and land package.
Many of the professionals from businesses and organisations that have been involved in the project so far went along to the see how it is progressing.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “Work is progressing well and it was great to be able to share that with so many partners who have been involved and everyone was very impressed with the new build.
“The way this development has evolved shows how we, as a Group, can offer much more than construction alone. By working with WCG, we have helped to secure funding and then drew up a scheme that fitted its needs the best.
“On the construction side, we’ve worked with WCG before and it is always a great testament to us to win repeat business with a client in this way.”
WCG Director of Estates John Vickery said: “It has been great to see the building taking shape and we’re very pleased with the progress so far, so a big thank you to all the partners involved.
“Once finished, this will complement our current accommodation, providing a modern, safe place to stay for students and apprentices right on campus.”
Pictured (left to right): Martin Gallagher (Managing Director, Deeley Construction), Stephen Wood (Chair, Board of Governors, WCG), John Vickery (Head of Estates, WCG), Peter Husband (Group Deputy Principal, WCG).
A new affordable family housing development in Leamington Spa has opened its doors to budding home owners.
Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, marked the official opening of new homes with developer Orbit and Coventry-based Deeley Construction at Union Park – a £29m development of 147 affordable family homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham.
Offering canal-side living, more than 300 people have already registered their interest. Once complete, the development will offer a range of new housing options for local people, including 55 homes for sale, 39 for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent.
Chris White MP was on site for the start of construction in August last year. Eight months on, Mr White joined Orbit and Deeley Construction at the opening of the show home. He said: “I was pleased to join the official opening of Union Park and welcome the building of good quality affordable homes in Leamington. It was particularly impressive to see such an efficient use of a brownfield site.”
Finalising the build of three more homes at Union Park marks a significant milestone for Orbit, one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations, having now delivered 6,000 new homes since April 2013.
Chris Jones development director at Orbit, said: “Union Park is a unique development in Leamington, providing more housing options and quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”
He added: “These homes bring us half way to our target of delivering 12,000 new homes across the midlands, east and south by 2020. This fantastic achievement highlights the acceleration of our sector-leading development programme as well as the hard work of our teams across the country.”
Celebrating 50 years as an organisation, Orbit recently reported record growth having developed 1,788 new homes across its operating areas in the last financial year.
Pat Moroney, director, Deeley Properties said: “We are extremely proud that we are helping Orbit reach this milestone which is of national importance in the campaign to solve our housing crisis. The homes will meet a very real need for people in the area who want to live locally but would, without schemes such as this, be unable to do so.”
Starting from £92,000 for a 40% share, a new home at Union Park provides an affordable route onto the housing ladder for many first-time buyers in Leamington. Located at Sydenham Drive, the development offers a selection of two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments.
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Union Park is due for completion in spring 2018. To find out more or to register your interest in one of these new homes, please visit http://www.orbithomes.org.uk/developments/union-park/.