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  • BLOG: What are the new building regulations and what impact will this have on homebuilding?

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  • Charity sportive organisers urge residents to save money by turning to bikes

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  • BLOG: What are the new building regulations and what impact will this have on homebuilding?

    On June 15 2022, the new Building Regulations and updates became law, with the revisions for Part F and Part L applying to all new and existing dwellings.

    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?

    We’re going to strip it down piece by piece!

    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.

     

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  • BLOG: The thread between business development, bidding and marketing

    Edward Hudson is business development manager at Deeley Construction and is approaching 10 years with the business.

    In our latest blog he discusses how the tendering/bidding process has changed over the years and how driving PR and marketing supports the businesses’ wider strategy.


    We are a family business at the Deeley Group, with a good ethos and a fantastic profile as a regional developer in the Midlands. The business ticks all the boxes for me and it’s a place I have loved working since 2013.

    My role as a business development manager is one with many hats and that makes it all the more exciting. It’s a varied role that puts me in touch with a lot of great people, both inside and outside the business.

    It’s vital in this role that you have a full understanding of all aspects of the company and that you become somewhat of a thread through the business. That supports me to deliver on the wider business strategy and ensure the right people are put in touch with the right parts of the Group.

    While the day job is all about working closely with our estimators, planner and design & build team, working with the site teams and covering PR/marketing is equally important.

    I enjoy searching for that next business opportunity and in tough economic times we don’t just chase any work – we target the work that is right for Deeley Construction.

    That includes resource management and making sure we are in a position to deliver a piece of work to the standard that is expected of the Deeley name. It’s a constant balance, particularly in times like these.

    The role I hold in the tendering process includes reviewing clients’ early budgets pre-tender. Clients and their quantity surveyors are in a difficult position, because prices given six months ago are increasingly difficult to keep to.

    Pressures from material prices due to Brexit and Covid-19 are all having a knock on effect on the construction industry.

    Bid writing and the tendering process has changed significantly in the last decade. When I first joined the firm, I would say that eight out of 10 tenders were focussed 100 per cent around price, but as we have started to do more public funded projects, we are looking at a split closer to 60 per cent price and 40 per cent quality.

    Quality is subjective of course, but the price isn’t always king for the client now and social value also comes into the equation.

    Engaging local schools and colleges is key to bidding too and in some public sector jobs up to 20 per cent of a tender score can go towards social value.

    When working on a tender now, for healthcare in particular, we write an employment and skills plan – and that is becoming all the more common.

    But we are able to continue to deliver social value and that’s something I’m proud of. For example, as a regional contractor, 80 per cent of the supply chain is within 30 miles of sites we work – and that figure is even higher in Coventry and Warwickshire.

    Deeley Group has always had a good standing when it comes to social value and it is something that continues to grow. We have a commitment to trainees with 12% of our workforce are trainees or in further education, a community spend of £192,000 since 2016 and have put more than 900 hours into local community causes.

    Away from tenders and bids, another focus area is on PR and marketing for the Group.

    As a business we have always been very community driven and in terms of PR our main goal is to keep local communities informed of our work. We have garnered a strategic approach to PR and it works hand-in-hand with our business strategy – linking perfectly into my day-to-day business development role.

    We do a lot of business-to-business marketing and PR alongside the community promotion. I remember before joining Deeley I noticed in the media the amazing stuff the firm had been doing, and that reputation is something we are always looking to uphold.

    I’m lucky to be with a company that has built an incredible positive reputation based on a track record of over 85 years.

     

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  • Charity sportive organisers urge residents to save money by turning to bikes

    Residents across the region are being encouraged to reject increasing costs at the petrol pump in favour of their bikes in preparation for the return of an annual charity cycle sportive in Coventry and Warwickshire.

    As inflation continues to bite, organisers of the Starley Sportive want people living or working in the city and its surrounding areas to start saving commuting and travel costs by cycling in preparation to taking part in this year’s event and familiarising themselves with the Starley Network, a newly created 500-mile regional cycling network.

    The Starley Sportive, established by Coventry Road Club, Deeley Group and Coventry City Council, will take place on Sunday, September 4 with participants setting off from Deeley Group’s head office on Herald Avenue at 8:30am.

    Riders will cycle through locations across Coventry and Warwickshire, with parts of the Cotswolds also featuring in the route.

    All money raised will be donated to The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

    Ahead of the event itself, organisers will be undertaking a foodbank drive where all scheduled riders will be given the option to donate food to a local foodbank – with the aim of supporting those in need within our community during this ongoing period of economic uncertainty.

    Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “As a community-focused business, we’re well aware of the challenges that everyone in the region is facing with the riding cost of living.

    “Cycling to and from work is a great way to get regular exercise and is known to contribute to improved mental wellbeing, so we’d like to encourage people across Coventry and Warwickshire to don their helmets and start and end their working day in a positive, healthy manner.”

    “The Starley Sportive offers a great way to initially explore the wonderful network of cycle paths and cyclist-friendly roads that were set up by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and Coventry City Council back in 2020.”

    Ian Court, general secretary of Coventry Road Club, added: “Coventrians are fortunate to now have a designated cycle network available to them to explore, navigate and conquer, and preparing for the Starley Sportive is a great way to get into the swing of things.

    “A new motor-free cycleway in Coundon is nearing completion, with Binley also set for a new cycling zone. Whether it’s work or leisure, rain or shine, it’s a really great time to be out on your bike in the city – all while saving money and doing your bit for the environment!”

    The sportive and the cycling network are named in honour of James Starley, known as the father of the bicycle industry and John Kemp Starley, widely considered the inventor of the modern bicycle. Both worked and lived in Coventry.

    To book a spot and find out more about the 2022 Starley Sportive, visit www.starleysportive.co.uk/.

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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

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  • Construction underway for new Burton Green Village Hall

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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

    A leading Midlands-based construction and property development company has won a major health and safety award.

    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.

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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

    A planning application has been submitted to develop a new £7.5 million manufacturing and distribution facility on an established industrial park in Buckingham.

    Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group has put forward the application to Aylesbury Vale District Council to build the new 40,000 sq ft unit at Buckingham Industrial Estate, which is forecasted to create 50 new jobs.

    If the application is successful, the developer is expecting to be on-site by winter 2022, with completion of the new industrial unit targeted for autumn 2023.

    The land will be acquired, subject to successfully gaining planning consent, from the Human Capability Foundation – a grant-making foundation based in Buckingham which is supported by Natco Foods Ltd.

    The site has an historic planning consent for use as a cash and carry linked to the adjacent factory.

    Deeley Group is currently seeking a tenant or occupier for the manufacturing and distribution facility.

    The business, which is headquartered in Coventry, has experience of providing manufacturing facilities in Buckinghamshire having developed Buckingham’s first purpose built freehold business centre, and constructed 70,000 sq ft of industrial units at Kites Park in Princes Risborough.

    Andrew Brazier, development consultant at the Deeley Group, said: “This scheme will create a vital new employment opportunity for the manufacturing and logistics industry in Buckinghamshire.

    “There is a growing need in the region for industrial units of this type. The development is perfectly positioned on an established, thriving industrial park which benefits from excellent transport links to the A421 and nearby motorways.

    “This will be the third time that we have worked in Buckingham, following the hugely successful bespoke development of industrial units at Swan Business Centre and Anglevale.

    “We hope, depending on planning consent, to have the unit completed by autumn 2023 and will be seeking a tenant or occupier for the facility in the coming months.”

    Ziran Land is a joint venture partner on the development with the Deeley Group.

    Chris White, chartered surveyor and managing director of White Commercial, introduced the opportunity to Ziran Land and Deeley Group and is the developer’s retained agent on the scheme.

    Chris said: “This scheme – Signet 40, provides a quality building in its own self-contained site – to be developed by Deeley Properties between the M1 and M40 – in an area with significant shortages of quality Industrial and Warehousing accommodation.

    “We are already receiving a good level of interest for the building. The availability of the unit ‘for sale’ is also attracting many companies unable to locate buildings they can own and occupy.”

    Follett & Co is acting on behalf of land owner, the Human Capability Foundation, in the deal and is joint agent for the scheme.

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  • Construction underway for new Burton Green Village Hall

    Work is underway to create a new hub at the heart a Warwickshire village by a leading Midlands developer.

    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.”

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