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Work starts on new £13 million Extra Care development in Telford

Work has commenced on a new £13m Extra Care scheme in Telford that will enable over 55s to live independently with the reassurance of an on-site care team.

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.”

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

Start-on-site at new Costa drive-thru in Stratford-upon-Avon

A new Costa Coffee drive-thru restaurant is coming to Warwickshire, and will form part of a popular community and retail hub in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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.

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

Construction starts on specialist care home in Walsall

Specialist care provider, Exemplar Health Care, has started construction for its new £4M specialist care home in Walsall, West Midlands.

Exemplar Health Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist nursing care that focuses on maximising independence and empowering those living with complex needs to live as fulfilled lives as possible. Its new home, Shire Oaks Court, located on Brownhills Road in Walsall, will be its third in the West Midlands area, and is due to open early 2023 – creating 100 jobs for the local area.

Exemplar Health Care has worked closely with health and social care authorities in the area and hopes to bring this one-of-a-kind facility to Walsall to enable local people who are living with complex needs, or, have suffered an accident to receive the specialist care that they need close to their homes and loved ones. 

The home will be equipped top-to-bottom to meet the needs of its new residents. Each of the 30 bedrooms will come with an en-suite wet room, and the building will feature high quality, spacious communal spaces, sensory and therapy rooms and landscaped gardens, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Charlotte Lloyd, Director of Commissioning at Exemplar Health Care, said: “We’re pleased to announce we are investing in a 30-bed specialist care home for the Walsall area.

“This community-based home will provide person-centered care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs and to provide over 100 stable and local jobs. As well as providing employment opportunities, there are plans in place to help the new care home become part of the local community. It’s our ambition for the home to be a place where we host events, and where our residents can be part of the community, whether through work placements, local events or volunteering.”

Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed to develop the building located on Brownhill Road.

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s fantastic to see our team on site and starting work to create a care home which will be an important asset for the local community.

“This is our first development with Exemplar Health Care and it sees the continued delivery of our healthcare development expertise across the Midlands.

“We have a strong track record of creating facilities that cater for adults with complex needs and we look forward to working in partnership with Exemplar Health Care on this development in Walsall.”

Shire Oaks Court will be situated on Brownhill Road, Walsall.                                  

BLOG: Growing as a graduate with Deeley

By Ksenia Mironenko, Development Graduate

I’ve always been passionate about the built environment and particularly enjoy the business aspects of property, so when the opening came up to join the Deeley Group as a graduate I knew it was a great opportunity to make my mark in the industry.

I completed a Business and Economics undergraduate degree at a business school in London and then a postgraduate degree in International Real Estate at Bartlett School, UCL.

Ahead of coming to London, I had actually considered studying architecture. But I think I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial, so taking the development route into property seemed perfect for me.

After graduation, you spend days searching for graduate positions online and sifting through what might be the right fit.

The job description for the position at Deeley jumped off the page. I knew straight away that I would get to build broad experience in the role and it wouldn’t be so ‘limited’ as other positions.

While some graduate roles see you focused primarily on land search or valuations, the position at Deeley encompassed quantity surveying, urban planning, construction, finance, marketing, project management and even site visits, Covid permitting!

I’m now five months in to my Deeley career and I already feel like I’m developing a well-rounded skill set.

Real estate development is a complex, lengthy and risky process and to be successful it’s crucial to have an understanding of the whole process and that is what I’m looking to build in these first two years.

While residential is my main interest, I get the chance to be involved in large scale commercial, retail, healthcare and affordable living projects.

With the Deeley Group being an SME, I’m also presented with the chance to learn off individuals with vast industry experience.

On a regular day sitting in the office with development manager Dean Weldon and joint managing director Eleanor Deeley, you learn a lot.

There aren’t many graduates out there that get the chance to learn directly from someone who has achieved as much as Eleanor has – whether that be on how to conduct yourself, or tips and tricks on how to tackle certain issues.

Being able to work closely with estimators, architects, site managers and engineers has been very valuable and I’m thankful for their support and time they take to explain whenever needed.

Their experience has given me a broader understanding of what clients want and how we can support them to achieve their goals.

I’m keen to help out wherever I can in the business and looking forward to soon leading on smaller projects of my own. I’ve definitely got the property bug!

Some days I spend hours searching for land, finding opportunities, and identifying villages which might be primed for development.

The next step will be to get my professional RICS accreditation, which I have now enrolled in, and ticking off the various proficiencies to achieve that.

Property is still a people business and building close connections with people is important. I’ve been attending several networking events to help build up my contact list.

I’ve had a lot of opportunities to put what I have learned in my university studies into practice.

I’m really enjoying my time here, I enjoy coming into the office every day and working with my colleagues to overcome different challenges.

I feel like Deeley is the perfect place to learn and start a career in property.

 

 

Work starts on £4.4 million regional office for Bloor Homes

Construction work to create a new £4.4 million regional office for a national housebuilder in Tewkesbury is underway.

Midlands-based Deeley Construction has started work on Bloor Homes’ new purpose-built 18,000 sq ft regional office, replacing the company’s Furrowfield Park office – which has been its home for the last 14 years.

Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, is completing the two-storey development to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ status.

Plans include a belt of trees and a native species hedgerow being planted on the southern side of the development, with 66 car-parking spaces, with 30% of these offering EV charging points.

The new office will facilitate the growth of the Bloor Homes workforce and create further job opportunities in the Tewkesbury Borough over the next five years.

Steve Roberts, Regional Managing Director at Bloor Homes, said: “Bloor has successfully operated from our Furrowfield Park premises for over 14 years, during which time we have delivered a number of high-quality residential developments within the Western region as a whole and Tewkesbury Borough in particular.

“However, we have now outgrown our current premises and even with the introduction of flexible working arrangements, the constrained office space and car-parking limitations are preventing future growth and job creation.

“The move will also provide a regional training centre for our site-based staff.

“It’s important to us that we continue to contribute to the local economy and its economic wellbeing – and building our new regional office in the Tewkesbury Borough allows us to do just that.

“Many of our office-based staff are local residents and through our other activities in the area we in-directly support a large number of jobs in the local construction sector and associated supply chain.

“The location of our new office will allow more employees to find alternative methods of travel due to the reduced commute distance and flexible-working means that arrivals and departure times for staff are staggered, subsequently reducing the amount of peak-time traffic.”

Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, added: “We are pleased to have started work on-site for this sustainable new office for one of the UK’s largest housebuilders.

“We are using our internal expertise and external energy consultants to deliver this as a low-carbon facility, which will support both Deeley Group and Bloor Homes in reaching net zero carbon targets.

“Our on-site team are taking appropriate measure to ensure limited disruption to the nearby residents and the project is targeted for completion in October 2022.”

 

PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Eamonn Gorman (Deeley Construction), Jonathan Wood (Stoas Architects), Steve Roberts (Bloor Homes Western MD), Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), Arat Patel (Stoas Architects) and Keith Warburton (MDA Consulting Ltd).

National award for Woodside Care Village

A care home in Warwick has received national recognition after claiming a major construction industry prize.

Woodside Care Village, run by Warwickshire care home charity WCS Care, has been named winner of ‘Best Purpose Built Accommodation’ at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2021 at a ceremony in London.

The £7.5 million care home was constructed by midlands-based Deeley Construction and designed by Warwick-based Robothams Architects.

Completed in 2019, the care home offers a village-style experience for 72 adults including people with mobility needs, dementia and hearing loss.

Woodside Care Village features cutting edge circadian lighting and night time acoustic monitoring technology, along with its own spa, hair salon, cinema, shop, launderette, and gardens with a bike track, outdoor gym equipment and water features, all arranged around an outdoor plaza that’s like a typical village square.

The national award comes after the care home took home the regional West Midlands prize in 2021, with Woodside Care Village one of three schemes to be shortlisted for the national prize.

Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are very proud to have worked with WCS Care to deliver their high tech, innovative care home in Warwick.

“At the Deeley Group we believe in the power of community and improving the communities we are part of, and this care home will continue to improve the quality of life for residents for many years to come.

“This is a fantastic scheme that was delivered for WCS Care through great partnerships with Robothams and Waldeck. It is great recognition for our dedicated team to win this major national award.”

Ed Russell, Chief Executive of WCS Care, said: “We’re delighted that Woodside Care Village has been recognised for its innovative design and construction nationally by winning LABC’s People & Place Award for New Housing – Best Purpose Built Accommodation.

“A huge thank you to everyone involved in building and designing the care home including Deeley Group, Waldeck, CLB and Robothams Architects, as well as our staff and residents, who’ve made it a fantastic place to live and work.

“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.”

Poppy Meadows tops out

A topping out ceremony was held to mark the key milestone for Housing 21’s latest Extra Care scheme, which has been developed in partnership with South and Vale District Council, Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal and Oxfordshire County Council.

 

The Housing 21 team was joined by representatives from Deeley Construction, Oxfordshire County Council and South and Vale District Council, and Osbornes to celebrate the occasion.

Poppy Meadows is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Didcot and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development will offer 60 apartments available for social rent and a further 20 available for shared ownership. Poppy Meadows has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed.

The new homes are being built in the Vale of White Horse district and are being supported with £2.4m funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal to help deliver affordable homes for the community.

Residents will benefit from a range of on-site facilities, including a café/bistro and hair salon, which are also accessible to visitors and the local community. There is also a residents’ lounge, activity room, and communal gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.

Debbie Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone in the development of Poppy Meadows. The scheme will provide much needed affordable homes for older people, with on-site, tailored care and support packages available to help residents live independently for as long as possible. It will also provide space for residents to stay socially connected, safely.”

Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to see the development hit this major milestone and to celebrate the great strides our on-site team have made over recent months.

“We have been working in partnership with Housing 21, Quattro and Osbornes on the Poppy Meadows development, and it is these strong partnerships that have enabled construction to progress on track despite current pressures and issues presented by the market and supply chain.

“Our team will continue to work with the local community in Didcot to minimise disruption to the local area on what is a logistically challenging site.”

Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I came along to the groundbreaking ceremony last year, so it is exciting to see the construction work completed so quickly, ready for the final phase to start.

“We are delighted we’ve been able to help bring new homes that people in our district need. These Extra Care homes are in the heart of the community on Great Western Park, giving residents their own independence while still being able to receive the day-to-day support they need.”

Poppy Meadows is set to open in early 2023 and the scheme’s show home will be open from late Summer 2022 Housing 21 is currently taking expressions of interest from those interested in buying or renting an apartment. Any enquiries should be directed to the New Home Team on newhome@housing21.org.uk or 0345 608 4021, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

For more information about Housing 21, visit www.housing21.org.uk

Photo caption: Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21; Judy Roberts, South and Vale District Council; Eleanor Deeley, Deeley Group; Lisa Ord, Osbornes.

EV dynamic charging hub opens in Wolverhampton

A UK-first electric vehicle (EV) dynamic charging hub is open in Wolverhampton.

The site is the first of over 150 charging hubs being delivered across the UK by Osprey Charging in a £75 million programme to eliminate charging anxiety ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.

Osprey worked closely with Deeley Construction, who delivered the new Costa Coffee site at which the hub is located, and Connect It Utility Services, who ensured the high power charging installation was built and energised on time and to high quality.

EV uptake in the Midlands is expected to skyrocket over the next decade, with a report from Midlands Connect projecting the number of registered EVs in the Midlands – currently at around 45,000 – to reach 1.7 million by 2030 – an increase of over 3,000%. This huge growth in EV adoption will require a sixfold increase in the number of EV charging points to meet demand for charging.

Other factors – such as Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone introduced in June 2021 to tackle air pollution –  are accelerating this trend, encouraging drivers in the region to move away from old polluting petrol and diesel vehicles to electric alternatives. Public EV charging infrastructure, such as Osprey’s new Wolverhampton hub, will help ensure that the transition to EVs in the region is both rapid and smooth.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “Whether it’s gigafactories, EV manufacturing or Clean Air Zones, The West Midlands is leading the way on low carbon transport, cementing its role at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

“The opening of our high-powered charging hub in Wolverhampton – the first of 10 in construction this year – once again puts the region at the leading edge of innovation, marking a step-change in the UK’s EV infrastructure as we accelerate towards mass adoption of EVs. The site, which deploys multiple high-powered chargers, will provide a blueprint for hundreds more right across the UK, meaning no waiting times for drivers and an overall outstanding customer experience.”

The site is a major boost to regional EV charging infrastructure, hosting four high power rapid chargers that can add up to 100 miles of charge in just 10 minutes. Located adjacent to the A463, the hub will serve major transport routes in the area that see more than 130,000 vehicles pass by daily, and has a Costa Coffee on-site, allowing drivers to relax and make use of their facilities while they charge.

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “As a company we have achieved carbon neutral status and are targeting net zero by 2036. Therefore, it is vital to us that we include sustainable features in all of our developments.

“Electric vehicles are at the heart of the drive to reduce carbon emissions and the high-power charging hub at the new Costa Coffee site will make it easier and more accessible for drivers in the region to go electric, and as a result reduce their carbon footprints.”

Martin Pitt, local EV driver, said: “I switched to an EV just over two years ago and haven’t looked back since – they are cheap to run, great to drive and importantly, cause much less harm to the environment than petrol and diesel vehicles. However, availability and ease of charging puts a lot of people off making the switch.

“Osprey’s new hub in Wolverhampton is great news for drivers in the Midlands and those en route. The sooner we have more projects like this, the better.”

UK-first technology deployed in Wolverhampton a “game-changer” for EV charging

Osprey’s Wolverhampton hub is the first site in the UK deploy a game-changing new technology – Kempower – which is enabling more locations than ever before to host multiple high-powered chargers on a single site.

Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in. They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies significantly between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.

This can reduce waiting times significantly, maximising the speed and availability of chargers for drivers, and increasing consumer footfall for the landowners hosting the hubs.

The technology also means grid connections can be optimised, allowing multiple high-power chargers to be installed per site and offering higher charging speeds without the need for more grid power. The physical footprint of each charger is also reduced by 74%, allowing space for more chargers, improving accessibility and reducing their visual impact to support planning permission.

Osprey’s £75 million UK-wide EV charging hub rollout will see a total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers installed across 150 sites nationwide over the next four years. Each hub will be located on strategic A-roads and adjacent to motorways, hosting up to 12 high powered chargers.