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  • £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.”

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  • 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”.

    ENDS

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

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  • 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

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

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  • Deal continues rich history of families working together

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  • 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.

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  • Deal continues rich history of families working together

    Two property experts are following in the footsteps of their grandfathers after completing a deal which aims bring forward new homes in a Warwickshire village.

    Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group, has optioned on a 4.5 acre site in Long Itchington, with Lucy Quibell (née Holt), director of Holt Property, acting on behalf of the landowner.

    The deal continues a rich history of the Deeley and Holt family names working together.

    Eleanor’s grandfather, George Deeley, set up business in Coventry in 1936 and one year later Lucy’s grandfather Clifford Holt set up a property business in the Midlands.

    A partnership developed and was carried into the next generation with Peter Deeley and David Holt working together on a range of deals across Coventry – including the establishment of the successful Binley Business Park.

    Eleanor and Lucy were friends as young children and have gone from playing childhood games together to completing strategic land deals – with this first deal expected to be the start of a fruitful professional relationship, continuing the generations of doing business together.

    The deal signals Deeley Group’s intention to expand its already extensive land holdings and develop the footprint of its strategic land team.

    Eleanor Deeley said: “Deeley and Holt are trusted and respected names, steeped in the history of the Midlands property industry and our families have been partners on a wide range of projects over the last 85 years.

    “For generations we have been doing business together and I’m delighted to be strengthening and continuing that partnership.

    “We will be working closely together as Deeley Group looks to bring forward much-needed new homes for the local area on the 4.5 acre site.”

    Holt Property is a specialist strategic land and property development agency based in Warwickshire.

    The company is currently helping to deliver over 1,500 homes on allocated sites and over 600,000 square feet of allocated employment land and is also advising on a large number of strategic land sites which are being promoted though the planning system.

    Lucy Quibell added: “Eleanor and I are the third generation of established property professional Holts and Deeleys, working on providing new homes and employment sites across Warwickshire and the West Midlands, and it is great that we are building on the relationship established by our grandfathers over 80 years’ ago.

    “This is a strong site in a wonderful Warwickshire village and Holt Property look forward to working with Deeley Group on bringing it forward for development and working together on future projects.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Lucy Quibell at the Long Itchington site.

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  • 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.”

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