A bike ride to commemorate the Deeley Group’s 80th anniversary has set the wheels in motion for a big boost for a regional grant-giving charity.
The company organised an 80-mile cycle around Coventry and Warwickshire to raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation and to celebrate the company’s 80th year since it was founded.
The money, donated by the teams involved, raised an initial £2,500 but after seeing the publicity about the event, Holland & Barrett’s charity group Healthy Hope turned the donation up a gear by adding a further £2,500 to the total.
It means the Heart of England Community Foundation – which gives grants to local community groups and charities that make a positive difference in their areas – can now help more people.
It means the Heart of England Community Foundation – which gives grants to local community groups and charities that make a positive difference in their areas – can now help more people.
Nicky Main, a senior buyer at Holland & Barrett and chair of Healthy Hope – which helps to boost the fundraising efforts of Holland & Barrett’s employees and suppliers, said: “We are delighted to give the money to such a fantastic cause through the brilliant fundraising efforts of the Deeley Group.
“With a total of £5,000 going to the Heart of England Community Foundation we hope the money will enable communities to have a fantastic start to 2017.”
Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful gesture from Healthy Hope and we will ensure it goes to a great cause in the local area that will make a real difference.
“We were thrilled with the initial support from the Deeley Group and its partners on the back of the 80-mile ride and this has just added the icing to the cake.”
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group – which is building a new extension at the Holland & Barrett headquarters in Nuneaton, said: “We have a great relationship with Holland & Barrett through many years of working with the company.
“It came as a real surprise when they got in touch to say they wanted to add to the total – but to more than double it is simply fantastic news.
“Tina and the great team at the Heart of England Community Foundation really do tremendous work in helping a range of groups and charities in our area who are a great asset to their local communities.
“I believe very much in what the foundation does for Coventry and Warwickshire and I am delighted that our 80th anniversary has provided a financial boost for them.”
Pictured (left to right): Nicky Main, Sue Heyes (Heart of England Community Foundation), Peter Deeley
Older people living at Loxley Court, an Orbit sheltered housing scheme in Coventry, will get an even sweeter taste of Christmas after local firms carried out a DIY SOS project on its kitchen.
Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group in Coventry, leapt to the rescue when they heard that Loxley Court’s kitchen was in need of an urgent upgrade and called in the support of other contractors in the area.
Previously, the scheme did not have facilities to prepare hot food for events in the communal area, so it was prepared off-site due to the lack of kitchen facilities.
Now, thanks to the generosity and time devoted by Deeley and their contacts, customers at Loxley Court will enjoy a home-cooked meal on Christmas Day – and every day from now on.
“We are very happy with the work that has been done to the kitchen. We are extremely grateful to Deeley for their very generous gift. It is most appreciated. Thanks!” said Greta Newman, an Orbit customer who lives at Loxley Court.
Around £10,000 worth of time and materials were donated by Deeley Construction, Daly Engineering, Eagledale, Claddagh Electrical, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter.
The work was carried out on behalf of Orbit– which owns the scheme – as part of the Deeley Group’s 80th anniversary celebrations.
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “As part of anniversary, we have been looking at a range of ways that we could help the local community.
“We were chatting to Orbit – for whom we have worked for many years – and they told us about the predicament with the kitchen and that they needed to upgrade the facilities in order to allow customers to prepare their own home-cooked food in the communal area.
“We were keen to ensure that it was up and running in time for Christmas and called on some help from companies we work with on a regular basis. It was a great team effort – everyone was very generous with their time because they could see what a wonderful benefit the work was going to bring.
“A big thank you goes out to Daly Engineering, Claddagh Electrical, Eagledale, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter and I am so thrilled that all of the customers will now enjoy a home-cooked meal this Christmas.”
Lesley Airey, Sheltered Support Provision Manager at Orbit, said: “We are thrilled that Deeley Construction and their partners have upgraded the kitchen at Loxley Court. Customers living there will now be able to make and enjoy meals in the shared area of the scheme. Not only does this give customers a greater sense of community, it allows them to share costs by preparing home-cooked meals together.
“The local community will benefit too as the communal space, including the kitchen, will be available to hire for social events. A lot of work has gone into improving Loxley Court recently and we’re grateful to everyone that has pitched in to help. It’s a win-win for everyone!”
Loxley Court is a sheltered housing scheme in Wood End, Coventry. It comprises 40 self-contained flats for older customers who wish to live independently. It has a shared library, communal lounge, shared laundry facilities and now fully functional and beautiful kitchen!
Pictured (left to right): Jimmy Concannon (Claddagh Electrical), Lesley Airey (Loxley Court), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Greta Newman (Orbit customer).
Deeley Construction has hit the £25million mark on work it is undertaking across Leamington and Warwick.
The company is currently on site at Union Park in Sydenham where 147 affordable family homes are being created on behalf of Orbit Homes and where Councillor Ann Morrison, the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, recently performed a topping out ceremony.
Deeley Construction is also creating a new depot and engineering hub for Stagecoach at Trident Park, in Warwick, on behalf of developer AC Lloyd as part of a major redevelopment plan in the district.
And the most recent project to get underway is new student accommodation in Leamington for the Warwickshire College Group students. The initial phase of the project will see 100 student resident units created with an option for a further 64.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “Over the years, the Deeley Group has helped to develop many areas of mid and south Warwickshire.
“The fact that we are based just down the road in Coventry means that we see this as not only good news for business but also a great contribution to the local area.
“We have a strong interest in seeing the whole region be successful so to be playing a key role in three major projects across Leamington and Warwick is something of which we are very proud.
“The projects are all of a different nature and involve us working with a housing association, a college and a developer. Partnerships are the key to success when it comes to this type of project and in all three instances we have developed relationships with the clients over many years and that is why they trusted Deeley Construction to carry out the work.”
BY Peter Deeley
In a world which is increasingly digital, and where reality can be virtual – we are currently working on a £15 million project which has underlined the slightly older values of trust, knowledge and relationships.
We finished a very nice project for Warwickshire College Group at Pershore last year, and off the back of that picked up an enquiry from the College in Leamington as it had a contract to provide training to more students and therefore provide additional student accommodation.
The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units.
After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units, we are building 100 now and there is an option on a final phase of 64 units.
So the funder will end with an investment of 264 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington.
The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.
It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure packages so all requirements are met:
The college has its student accommodation
Deeley Group are completing a sizeable building contract
…..and the funder has a good investment!
Literally win, win, win!
Our size and our experience are key. We are local enough to really know the market yet large enough to be attractive to these types of property fund investors. Part of our ability is to comprehend how much the funds have to invest in property.
Knowing that and knowing the client’s needs, we agreed a formula which would be attractive to all sides.
This was not a banking property proposition in this post-recession climate. The figures would not have worked with a conventional banking arrangement.
Over the last decade, we have consciously developed an expertise in how funds work and how investors operate.
Construction, like all other industries, has moved with the times but it is interesting that in arrangements such as this, relationships and trust in those relationships, is fundamental. Without that element, nothing would work.
There are matters of confidentiality from all sides, and all parties have to have faith that the others have the ability to deliver what they are promising.
The funds are out there – not necessarily with banks – but you have to find the right ways to invest it and the right people to work with. If you can do that, the results can be mutually beneficial.
A new affordable family housing development in Leamington Spa has hit a high point – thanks to the town’s Mayor.
Councillor Ann Morrison, the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, performed a topping out ceremony with developer Orbit and Coventry-based Deeley Construction at Union Park, a £29 million development of 143 affordable family homes on the former Soans motor dealership site in Sydenham.
The regeneration of the seven acre site along the Grand Union canal 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 49 for affordable rent.
Councillor Morrison said: “It is always encouraging to see the productive re-use of brownfield land and this site is an example of that, so I was delighted to play my part and will follow the development closely as it moves towards completion.
“It is well documented that there is a national, regional and local shortage of housing, and we are keen to see a range of quality affordable housing in our area allowing people to get on to or move up the housing ladder.
“It will be great to see the first phase of Union Park completed and occupied next year.”
The development is due for final completion in the first half of 2018.
Anthony Holt, head of development at Orbit, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see our newest development in Leamington reach this important milestone. The town’s housing market means there is shortage of affordable housing in the area. Through Union Park, Orbit will offer canal-side living to local people and provide a range of quality homes to meet their differing needs and aspirations.”
Union Park is the second time in recent years Orbit and Deeley have worked together in the town after their successful collaboration on Queensway Court, which saw the creation of 178 independent living with care homes.
Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “Union Park is much needed in terms of the styles of property and range of tenures it offers and we are grateful to Councillor Morrison for marking this important stage in the construction process.
“The Queensway development has proved extremely successful and created a vibrant community. We are sure that Union Park will do the same here on the other side of the town.”
Pictured (left to right): Anthony Holt (Orbit), Peter Deeley and Martin Gallagher (both Deeley Construction) and Councillor Ann Morrison
The wheels are rolling on the creation of the new £5.5 million bus depot for mid and south Warwickshire.
Warwick-based developer AC Lloyd and project managers Minns Network are creating a new depot and engineering hub for Stagecoach at Trident Park, in Warwick, as part of a major redevelopment plan in the district.
The company is currently based at Station Approach near the town centre of Leamington but is relocating from this site as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the land for housing, the majority of which will be available for rent or shared ownership through Waterloo Housing Association.
Work on the depot will be completed in April 2017 and it will include six mechanical maintenance pits, two areas to allow buses to be elevated for repair and inspection, an engineering office, a bus wash and parking for more than 75 vehicles.
Des Wynne, of AC Lloyd, said the new development would be a double improvement for the region.
“Station Approach will see the creation of much-needed affordable homes in a really convenient location close to the railway station and in turn has given Stagecoach the opportunity to create a state-of-the- art depot in Trident Park from where they will run their local operations,” he said.
“This will mark the completion of the Trident Park Development following the recent development of a new teaching facility for Warwickshire College, and the Trident Business Centre, both of which were successfully completed last year.”
He said: “It is also a very good news story for local businesses. Deeley Construction, who are based in Coventry and have worked extensively in the Leamington area, have won the depot construction contract.
“The two companies worked together recently on the College building and the contract went extremely well. The legal work was undertaken by Wright Hassall who are a stone’s throw from the site while the two agents – Bromwich Hardy and Avison Young – are also both local which really does underline the strength of the professional sector in this area.”
Stagecoach will have 165 people working out of the new depot, with buses and coaches operating from there across the area and into Coventry.
Steve Burd, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands, added: “”Bus services operated from the depot will cover South Warwickshire and run as far as Coventry in the North , Stratford in the South, Evesham in the West and Southam in the East .Our initial fleet will consist of 27 double decks , 26 single decks and 14 Gold standard minibuses.
“The move will allow us to significantly improve our engineering capability on site and provide our staff with the best modern facilities in which to work.”
Front; Steve Burd (left) and Des Wynne
Rear from left: David Tew (Avison Young), Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy), Claire Waring (Wright Hassall), Steve Turner (Deeley Group)
Two construction property professionals have gone back to put their theory into practice on a major scheme at Coventry University
Clayton Jones and Chris Newman, who both work for city-based Deeley Construction, have just been awarded first class degrees in Construction Management at Coventry University.
Now they are back at their former place of learning, to review the £500,000 project that Deeley Construction are undertaking to help transform the Alan Berry Building.
The project, which is taking four months to complete, will transform the main entrance of the building on University Square.
Twentry-nine year old Chris, a former pupil of Cardinal Newman School and twenty-three year old Clayton, a former pupil at Finham Park School, have been with Deeley Construction for three and five years respectively. Clayton, who is acting as Quantity Surveyor on the project, commented:
“Chris and I have done our training under the senior professionals at Deeley working on sites and projects while continuing our studies towards our degrees.
“We heard the news that we had both got a first while the project to transform the Alan Berry Building was taking place, which was very fitting.
“It is pleasing to be working on a project which is making a difference to such a key building in the city and at the university – and hopefully my former tutors believe I have done a good job!”
The building had to remain open and fully functional during the project, a traffic light system was installed to tell people using the building that noisy works were planned, and an open day was held during the construction period which required strict management.
Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “While we work across the UK, we are very much a Coventry company at heart so to see two local lads train with us and then complete their degrees at Coventry University is really rewarding.
“Construction needs a significant number of young people to join the industry to help with the demand to build in this country. By taking on trainees, we are able to give them hands-on experience whilst learning at college or university.
“We have undertaken several projects for the university in recent years and this particular scheme will make a massive difference to the look of what many people regard as the “front door” to the university.
“The university has – along with the local authority – really driven development and the quality of buildings in recent years and it has made a massive difference to the city in terms of its look and image.”
Deeley Construction is part of the Deeley Group which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is celebrating the landmark year with an 80 mile cycle ride which will raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation which distributes funds to local community projects.
‘Working in partnership’ is one of those buzz phrases that so many businesses try to claim but so few can genuinely prove to be true. But when it comes to the Coventry based Deeley Group – a leading property development and construction firm – it’s a commitment to partnership that sees the company celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2016 in a very strong position.
It is working with a range of clients and partners from across the Coventry, Warwickshire and West Midlands region as well as a host of national organisations.
If you take this area alone and travel from north Warwickshire down through Coventry and into the south of the county, the evidence of the firm’s work is clear to see.
At the moment, Deeley Construction is working on a major extension to the Holland & Barrett headquarters at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton – a site developed by the Deeley Group over four decades.
And, in Stratford, the company has recently started work on new keyworker, private-rented accommodation on behalf of Orbit in the Town Centre – a site developed in conjunction with two other companies as part of the ABD partnership.
Add to that an unwavering commitment to a host of community and charitable causes including the Belgrade Theatre Trust, the Heart of England Community Foundation and the Grace Research Fund (among many others) and the positive impact that one firm – started by bricklayer George Deeley in 1936 – can clearly be seen.
Peter Deeley, George’s son, is still heavily involved with the firm as managing director of the group.
He said: “Developing partnerships is something that has always been important to us as a company and I believe it’s critical in today’s market.
“Some of the work we are undertaking at HORIBA MIRA, with both Warwick and Coventry universities, with the likes of Orbit Homes and LondonMetric, is all about relationships and partnership.
“It’s not simply about being a contractor or developer – it’s about being a part of the team that is going deliver a project. The construction team is winning repeat work with a number of clients and, again, I believe that comes down to the fact that we are seen as a partner not a contractor.
“When working in this area, our local knowledge really is of benefit to the client – it cannot be underestimated how valuable that can be. We have 80 years’ experience in this region and in this sector – few can say that.
“Another important point to stress is communication. In any business, you meet challenges but we always find it’s best to be open and transparent and talk to the client and others involved – again, that’s what partnership is all about.”
The company has been held in high regard, almost from day one in 1936.
GW Deeley, as it was then, won acclaim for providing the ‘best air-raid shelters’ in Coventry soon after the firm was established – a key market at the time! Then, in the 1940s, the company won a great deal of work building council houses in the Coventry and Rugby areas.
The 1950s and 60s saw further expansion of the business as the company branched out into building schools and other public buildings.
It developed its own HQ in Torrington Avenue, Coventry, and Peter joined the firm.
“I ran my first housing development site in Balsall Common,” he said, “it came in on time and on budget!”
The 1970s and 80s saw further expansion for the company, both through natural growth and through acquisition, with the purchase of Garlicks, the oldest Coventry building company which began trading in 1862.
The firm even dipped its toes into international waters by creating a Saudi Arabian division to help with major construction projects in the wake of the oil boom in the country.
It was in 1981 when the group first became involved with Bermuda Park in Nuneaton which is one of the most striking examples of regeneration across the region.
Over the course of 35 years, the company has turned a former rubbish dump and open cast coal mine on the outskirts of the town into a thriving location where people, quite literally, work, rest and play.
More than 1,000 new homes have been created on the site as well as jobs for more than 2,000 people and, once again, Deeley has worked with a range of partners to bring it forward – from local MPs through to the local community, for whom new sporting and social facilities have been created.
In 2008, the company made a move of its own to a new, purpose-built headquarters, named George House, at the Coventry Business Park.
From there, its reputation as one of the most respected, independent construction and development companies in the West Midlands has continued to flourish.
Its Queensway scheme in Leamington has, again, been an exemplar in regeneration. It saw a manufacturing company rehomed onto another Deeley site in Southam and the brownfield site was then developed into retail, employment space and new homes.
Peter Deeley said: “As a company, we have always tried to be more than just a business, but a member of the community both where we are based and where we are working.
“We support several charities and community initiatives across Coventry and Warwickshire because we believe that is the right thing to do.
“Again, it all comes down to partnerships and that word might explain why we’ve made it to our 80th anniversary and are still going strong!”
(Image: Deeley Group’s, Mixed-Use, Queensway Development)