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  • Show home opens at Willow Gardens

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  • PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right - Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Lisowski (Riverbank Academy), Jamie Farndon, Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Steve Adams (Deeley Construction), Ryan Ilsley and Marie Manusell-Stewart.

    Students help to complete major Coventry school extension

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  • Hundreds of cyclists saddle up to raise over £11,000

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  • Deeley secures place on Homes England’s Delivery Partner DPS

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  • The Willows hits high point

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  • BLOG: Women in Construction

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Show home opens at Willow Gardens

Employees at Willow Gardens, a new Housing 21 Extra Care development on Russell Way, celebrated the official opening of its show home last week.

Willow Gardens is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Chipping Norton and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development, under construction by Deeley Construction, will offer 80 one and two bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership.

Willow Gardens 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. It will offer people over the age of 55 a range of facilities including a communal lounge and gardens. An on-site hair salon and café/bistro for residents will also open to the public.

The scheme has been developed with funding support from the Future Oxfordshire Partnership; in in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager and Emma Taylor, Housing Manager, both at Housing 21, were joined by Murry Barnett, Strategic Housing & Development Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council, and Cllr. Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire. Paul Marlow, Senior Site Manager at Deeley Construction and Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director, Deeley Group also attended to officially open the new show home.

Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to open this fantastic new show home and can’t wait to hear feedback from the local community.

“Willow Gardens has been built with our residents in mind. The apartments are all fitted out with high quality kitchens, easily accessible mid-height ovens, raised power points and level-access showers, but they are also really stylish and modern. We’re can’t wait to start welcoming people to come and take a look around!

Cllr Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire, said, “As part of our commitment to provide homes that people can afford in the district, this housing scheme is tailor-made for our older residents and to meet their needs. We are pleased that this development will soon be available for our residents.”

Cllr Susan Brown, Chair of the Housing Advisory Group at Future Oxfordshire Partnership, said: “Oxfordshire is a very expensive place to live, so making sure that we are providing opportunities for people to find affordable options at all stages of their lives is vital. I welcome this development in Chipping Norton.”

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director at Deeley Group said: “This development is providing vital homes to address the needs of the community in Chipping Norton.

“This is the first Extra Care scheme we have worked on in partnership with Housing 21 and is a fantastic, state-of-the-art development completed to the highest standards. We are proud to use our expertise in delivering Extra care schemes to address the housing requirements of the population in Oxfordshire.”

Construction at the development is expected to complete in Winter 2022.

For further information or to book a viewing, call the New Homes Team on 0345 608 4021 or email newhome@housing21.org.uk.

 

 

Stonemarket moves into George House

A national landscaping products company is relocating some staff to high-quality offices in Coventry in a deal concluded by commercial property experts Bromwich Hardy.

Stonemarket has agreed a five-year lease for 2,000 sq ft of first floor offices at George House on Coventry Business Park with owners the Deeley Group.

Bromwich Hardy partner Michelle Mills, who acted for Deeley, said the deal showed the continued resilience of the office market in the wake of the pandemic and the growing strength of Coventry as a target business location.

“Despite all the reports throughout the pandemic predicting the demise of the office, there is still plenty of demand for the right building in the right location.

“These offices at George House are a clear case in point. They have been developed to the highest standards, are superbly located on Herald Avenue on Coventry Business Park and boast excellent road, rail and air links close to hand as well as an established, respected landlord.

“New research has shown Coventry is – and will be – the sixth fastest growing city in Europe between 2020 and 2025 and we are certainly seeing evidence to back this up. It is becoming a magnet for ambitious companies who want to reflect their own ambitions by being located in a region with real dynamism and vitality.”

Michelle said a 6,000 sq ft ground floor suite at George House was also available to let for around £106,000 a year– with interest already strong.

This is a self-contained suite with its own entrance and comes with two meeting rooms, fully fitted kitchen and break out area, 30 parking spaces and impressive green credentials including solar generated electricity and a ground source heat pump.

“It has everything that a modern, ambitious and forward-thinking company could need.”

Nick Sharpe, managing director of Stonemarket said: “George House is a great location for our team, giving them a modern office to work from and hold meetings.”

Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of The Deeley Group, said: “We are delighted that Stonemarket has selected George House for its relocation; this move reinforces our belief in well located, sustainable and flexible office space.”

For more details of the ground floor offices and Bromwich Hardy visit www.bromwichhardy.com

Students help to complete major Coventry school extension

Work experience students at a SEN school in Coventry have helped a Midlands contractor and developer to complete a major extension to their school.

Five students from Riverbank Academy joined contractors Deeley Construction, headquartered in Coventry, on-site as work neared completion of a new state-of-the-art teaching block to help the school cater for growing demand for its services.

Ryley Ilsley, Mason Bennett, Jamie Farndon, Filip Liviu Niculae and Opoku Gyamfi were all given an insight into working in the construction industry during work experience at the project.

The new building will feature three new classrooms, three bespoke outdoor soft play areas, two hygiene suites, an internal soft play area and the school’s first ever purpose-built fitness suite.

Students in the 16 plus programme at Riverbank Academy are given opportunities to explore potential career paths so they have a good idea of the profession they would like to work in when leaving the school.

Ryley Ilsley, aged 17 from Radford, said: “My experience on site was really good. Construction is definitely something that interests me and could be an option I consider for the future.

“I enjoyed visiting the site and learning about the finances and costs involved in a project like this. It will help the school a lot to have a building like this and it was great to be involved in the project.”

Jamie Farndon, aged 18 from Longford, said: “It was interesting to look around the building as it was being built and follow the work.

“While construction isn’t something I necessarily want to work in I took the opportunity to learn about marketing and everything else that surrounds a development and it was exciting to be involved.”

David Lisowski, Head Teacher at Riverbank Academy, said: “We pride ourselves on adding value where we can for our students, such as building independence and introducing our students to employment opportunities in preparation for leaving us.

“Deeley Construction has been very accommodating and proactive in offering us both on-site and virtual work experience opportunities for students.

“As a school we are now at more than 180 students and continue to grow to meet local and national demands for SEN school places. We approached Coventry City Council and they provided us with the funding to build this fantastic new building.

“It will benefit all staff and students at the school, providing more space for our existing educational provision and giving us further scope to enhance and expand our curriculum.”

Work is nearing completion on the new teaching block for Riverbank Academy and students and staff will be moving in from October.

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, added: “We are always looking wherever we can to give young people a window into what it is like to work in our industry and developing the next generation of construction professionals.

“The students were a pleasure to have on-site and it was great for them to be able play a small part in the building of the new teaching block for their school.”

PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Lisowski (Riverbank Academy), Jamie Farndon, Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Steve Adams (Deeley Construction), Ryan Ilsley and Marie Manusell-Stewart.

 

 

Hundreds of cyclists saddle up to raise over £11,000

One of the regions biggest charity cycling events returned as a fleet of fundraising cyclists got back in the saddle to raise thousands for major charities and personal causes.

The Starley Sportive saw 470 riders register to saddle up on the day and raise more than £11,000 for local charities including The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

Update 13th October 2021:  We have had a number of sponsorships come in from our charity partners which has meant we’ve increased our initial figure from £9,000 raised to over £11,000.

The event, which is organised by the Deeley Group, Coventry Road Club and Coventry City Council, was supported by more than 50 volunteers, including 23 City Hosts, and saw more than 20 local companies and organisations donate items, time and money to support the event.

This included JLN Plumbing & Heating which rescued five riders left stranded around the route due to mechanical breakdowns.

The Starley Sportive returned after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions and riders enjoyed performances from local singers Richard Keogh, Vintage Celina Rose and Ruth Kelly, with Coventry artist Matt Casey creating a painting of professional cyclist Mark Cavendish for a prize draw too.

It raises funds for charities and local causes primarily through entry fees, but received a significant boost this year with more than 25 riders carrying out a sponsorship drive to raise extra funds.

Riders took in the glorious views and winding roads of the south Warwickshire countryside after setting off from the Deeley Groups George House head office on Herald Avenue, Coventry.

The short 28.6 mile route took riders towards Hatton, while those attempting the long route headed past Snitterfield and towards Alcester before returning to George House.

And the epic 86.5 miles route saw riders venture as far as the northern-most part of the Cotswolds where riders faced a challenging hill climb.

Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: It was great to see people getting back out on the road in such strong numbers. Everyone who took part can be proud of their effort after another impressive day of fundraising.

Wed also like to thank everyone involved in organising and facilitating this years ride as the event could not have been such a success without them.

Providing there are no interruptions next year, we are setting our sights on hosting our biggest ever event so keep an eye out for announcements.”

Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: Its great to be reminded of how sport and cycling bring people together like this, especially after last years event had to be cancelled.

Wed like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in making this years event such a success and hope to see all those who took part and many more at next years Starley Sportive.”

For more information visit www.starleysportive.co.uk 

Deeley secures place on Homes England’s Delivery Partner DPS

Deeley Group has secured a place on Homes England’s new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

The leading Midlands developer, which is headquartered in Coventry, has been successful in submission to join the platform which will be the key tool for the delivery of Homes England’s housing-led developments.

The firm has been registered in both the small category, which is under 70 units, and the large category, which looks at developments over 70 units.

It means the developer will have the opportunity to bid and price for works across Homes England’s entire framework.

This covers regions including the East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East and South West.

Deeley Group had previously been named on the Homes and Communities Agency DPP3 framework, which enabled the group to secure contracts valued £11 million to deliver extra care facilities in Chipping Norton and Didcot for Housing 21.

The DPP3 framework also saw Deeley deliver a £6.6 million extra-care apartment scheme in Coventry.

In recent years, Deeley Group has delivered 600 new homes and worked with partners including Orbit Homes, Stonewater, Housing 21, and Platform Housing Group on affordable housing developments.

David Currie, Land and Partnerships Director at the Deeley Group, says by securing a place on the new dynamic purchasing system the firm will be able to deliver more affordable housing and healthcare to support communities across the country.

David said: “This is fantastic news for the firm and positions us perfectly to push forward with our future growth strategy to work with our partners to deliver vital affordable housing and healthcare facilities.

“The successful submission with Homes England will also enable Deeley Group to grow  its geographical coverage  across the wider Midlands and work in markets in the South East, East and South West of England.

“We have developed strong partnerships with housing associations in recent years and these partnerships allow us to deliver under Homes England’s new DPS.”

The Willows hits high point

A ‘topping out’ ceremony has been held at a development of 55 new homes for the community in Asfordby.

The Willows  development, which is a partnership between Midlands-based developer Deeley Homes and social housing and care organisation emh, has hit its high point.

It is three miles from Melton Mowbray and will provide a mix of market sale, social rent and shared ownership homes – with the first homes set to be available in 2022.

Fifteen of the homes will be sold privately by Deeley Homes, with emh developing its first market sale units at the development.

More than two thirds of the houses will be classed as affordable homes and contribute to meeting key housing targets in the area.

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “This is a landmark moment for our development in partnership with emh near Asfordby.

“We’re excited to be launching 15 market sale homes alongside the two types of affordable homes and this approach means that The Willows will cater to a wide range of people in the community.

“Work started on site in February and the project remains on track to be able to welcome residents in 2022.

“The development has been designed with the needs of the area as its priority and will deliver much needed market sale homes and crucial affordable housing options for people living in the Melton Borough Council area.

“As part of the development we have been making a range of local infrastructure improvements and have enhanced the biodiversity of the site by creating wildflower meadows, bird boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog highways.”

Social housing and care organisation emh is a strategic partner of Homes England, giving it access to £172 million in grant funding. Under a flexible development programme, emh aims to deliver 600 new homes a year for the next five years.

Chris Jones, Executive Director of Development at emh, said: “Strong partnerships help us deliver a diverse range of housing across the East Midlands, and we are delighted that residents will soon be moving into our first homes completed with Deeley Homes.

“Every one of our developments has made a lasting impact in the local community, and we are excited to see these affordable rent and shared ownership homes contributing to meeting the housing aspirations of people in the Melton Borough Council area.”

PICTURE CAPTION: Chris Jones (emh) and Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) at The Willows.

BLOG: Women in Construction

Over 30 years ago, our Senior Quantity Surveyor Alison DuBock began a career in construction as a trainee, fresh out of uni. At first, Alison thought an industry ‘dominated by men’ would be a challenge, but it is a career path pursued nonetheless, even with her brother telling her that it is no career for a female. This was the eighties, after all, and construction has always changed with the times.

When thinking of a man’s industry, construction might be your first guess. The industry reputation has preceded it in various media tropes on our screens for decades, including in the Tom Hardy film Locke, and as Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor in sitcom Home Improvement, which both present construction sites as male spaces heavily featuring common male stereotypes, with no girls to be seen.

If we are to mention stereotypes though, front-line work on building sites may not be seen as the most glamourous place for the more feminine lady, and besides the discussion of possibly introducing a hot pink high-vis jacket, stereotypes will be left out of this blog.

In 2021, women are as much a part of construction as men. At Deeley Group, we have female designers (architectural and structural), quantity surveyors, buyers, site managers, site engineers, and trainees, to name but a few. Although the gender gap regarding on-site trades has shortened in recent years, it is closing nonetheless; there is no reason a woman can’t be a bricklayer! is what Alison should’ve told her brother back in the day.

To combat pre-conceptions of women in construction, we have been holding talks in schools and FE colleges about the topic, exploring how enjoying making things in GCSE Technology classes is enough experience to start taking steps towards one day being a part of the construction of a skyscraper, and that girls should not be scared or intimidated by what’s believed to be the ‘male culture’ on sites, as there are now vast amounts of rules and regulations to enforce respect for everyone.

Construction is grassroot, by explaining that we are not a ‘dirty industry’ as blockbuster films would like to refer to us as, and showing that it can be attractive, we at Deeley are trying to improve notions in future generations. Alison has been inspiring young girls to pursue a career in our industry for some time now, giving lectures to school-aged kids, promoting traineeships to soon-to-be school leavers and telling them facts such as how construction changes everyday, that no matter which role you acquire no two days are the same and that pride is a large factor in our line of work; when you see a development you had a hand in coming together is what makes her feel immensely proud, and then being able to drive by a development years later and saying ‘that there is my building’ is the cherry on top.

Of course, I had to ask if she had a specific building in mind when referring to this, and she mentions the first building she worked on, the old AXA Assurance tower in Coventry city centre, a centrepiece for the town in which she put together the golden carpet walling wrapped around it (a first for the city), which is still in use today, over 3 decades later, as student accommodation.

Alison’s advice for girls considering possibly getting into the industry: confidence is key, give as good as you get, but on a respectful level. It is an endearing industry, as all you’ll mainly need to join is maths and English skills, but the most important skill you can have is common sense. Hollywood should make a film about that.

Starley Sportive backed by Mayor of the West Midlands

A Coventry and Warwickshire charity sportive is set to give a boost to a regional cycling network with which it shares the same name.

The Starley Sportive, which will be held on Sunday, September 19, has been backed by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street – the man behind the Starley Network, a 500-mile cycling network for the region.

Andy Street joined representatives from organisers the Deeley Group and Coventry Road Club ahead of this year’s event.

Both the sportive and the cycling network are named in honour of the Starley family.

James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while John Kemp Starley widely considered the inventor of the modern bicycle. Both worked and lived in Coventry.

Organisers of the Starley Sportive are committed to encouraging more people to get on their bikes and take advantage of the Starley Network, which has seen cycle routes and cycle lanes pop up across the West Midlands.

They are also hoping to have a rider take on the route on a West Midlands Cycle Hire bicycle on September 19.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “We launched the Starley Network in August 2020 and cycling has a vital role in the future of our transport plans not only in Coventry but across the West Midlands.

“Alongside the creation of nearly 500 miles worth of routes, our ambitious cycling plans rest on encouraging more people to get out on two wheels and experience our region.

“Charity cycling events, such as the Starley Sportive here in Coventry, are essential to drive more people to embrace the cycling revolution.”

The Starley Sportive will set off from Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue and riders will be raising money for The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

John Eburne, president of Coventry Road Club, said: “Cycling is fantastic for physical and mental wellbeing and we applaud Andy Street’s impact in making it easier for people across our city to take up cycling.

“While our event is focused on raising funds for our chosen charities, we do also place great importance on encouraging more people into the sport as part of our Coventry Road Club activities.”

Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “As a company we are committed to promoting healthier lifestyles for our staff and within the communities in which we work.

“We would like to thank Andy Street for coming down to learn more about the event and we look forward to continuing to work with him and Coventry Road Club to shout about the benefits of cycling across the region.”

To find out more about the Starley Sportive visit www.starleysportive.co.uk/

PICTURE CAPTION: John Eburne, Eleanor Deeley and Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.