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  • Construction underway for new Burton Green Village Hall

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  • Extra Care scheme launches in Didcot

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  • New home opens for Nuneaton shedders

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

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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.

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.

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.”

Extra Care scheme launches in Didcot

Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme has launched in Didcot.

Poppy Meadows will enable over 55s in Didcot, Oxfordshire to live independently with access to an on-site care team.

The new Extra Care scheme hosted a successful launch event at the District Community Centre, just across the road from the development, with firm interest being shown by prospective residents.

Poppy Meadows will consist of 80 stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments with a care team available 24/7 offering tailored support for residents that need it.

The scheme is being delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction and Vale of White Horse District, supported by the £2.4 million Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

The development is currently being built and is anticipating opening their show apartment and marketing suite in August 2022.

Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager at Housing 21, said: “We’re very pleased with how the build is coming along, and it was great to meet with prospective residents at our launch event held at the local community centre. Now we’ll look forward to getting the show apartment ready to show future residents around in early August.”

Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to hear of the excitement from prospective residents at what will be a state-of-the-art Extra Care scheme providing vital homes to people in Didcot.

“We’re proud to be continuing our strong partnership with Housing 21 on this development. Poppy Meadows is being delivered to the highest standard and we are certain that residents will love living here when it is completed.”

All apartments have been designed and are being built to high quality standards to provide fully accessible facilities for residents. Residents can expect quality fitted kitchens, level access showers and specialist flooring to reduce slip hazards, in addition to living in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC C) status property.

There will also be a range of communal facilities including a residents’ lounge and gardens, as well as a café/bistro and an on-site hair salon that will be available for use by the wider local community too.

For more information about Poppy Meadows, visit www.housing21.org.uk.

New home opens for Nuneaton shedders

Marcus Jones MP and the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth have officially opened the new home of a Nuneaton group which supports men and women with their mental health and wellbeing.

Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, which currently has 20 members and is continuing to grow, has officially opened its new shed at The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre.

Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, joined Marcus Jones MP to open the shed, which relocated from George Eliot Hospital.

People can become isolated after retiring and the group provides a safe environment for men and women to share their woodwork skills, continue to develop their skills and meet with like-minded individuals.

Eight of the ‘shedders’ rebuilt the shed after it was dismantled and grant funding has enabled the group to invest in new equipment for the shed.

Nearby businesses Subcon Laser Cutting and Saputo Dairy UK donated resources and funding to support the new shed.

The group also received support from The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and Peter Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group which built the community centre in 2013.

Marcus Jones MP said: “I am very pleased to be here at the opening of the new shed for Nuneaton’s Men and Women in Sheds group.

“In a remarkable short space of time, this initiative which started life in Australia, has expanded and established deep roots in Nuneaton.

“The volunteers have themselves created their splendid new home here at Bermuda and I have no doubt it will enable them to continue to lend their phenomenal skills to many different local projects. I have seen many of the items they have made and placed around George Eliot Hospital and elsewhere in schools and other community settings and, without exception, they have been well-made, practical and much appreciated.

“I wish the group every success for the future and wish all current and future members the very best.”

Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, was joined by Cllr Mandy Tromans to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Cllr Tromans said: “The pandemic has made people come together and think more about the importance of community and wellbeing.

“The shedders have done a marvellous job to maintain relationships between their members, they have come out the other side and built this fantastic place for themselves.

“We have to thank everyone that has shown their support for this project.”

Representatives from George Eliot Hospital attended the opening ceremony and were joined by members of the group, local businesses and charities from Nuneaton.

Tony Cole, Chair of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, added: “We’re happy to have found a new home here at Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and would like to thank George Eliot Hospital for all of its support.

“Our shedders have rebuilt the shed themselves and that was quite the challenge for eight men all over 60! We couldn’t have done it without the support from Subcon Laser and Saputo Dairy.

“The group is great for the mental health of our members, its good comradery – even if people just come and have a cup of tea with us. When restrictions allowed, the meetings our group had in lockdown kept spirits alive and helped people through tough times.

“We would like to thank Marcus Jones and the Mayor for joining us for the official opening and hope our new shed will enable the group to support more people in the community.”

Peter Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We would like to congratulate Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds on its wonderful new home and wish them every success as they continue to support people in Nuneaton.

“We have been working with the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre since we built it. It has grown into a very successful and valued asset in the community, and the addition of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds further strengthens its community offer.”

To find out more about Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds contact nuneatonsheds@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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

BLOG: Reflecting on lessons learned in my first development

By Jack McQuillan, Trainee Site Manager

Jack McQuillan has been working for Deeley Construction for two years, starting with the firm at the age of 16.

In recent months Jack has completed work on his first scheme at Tiverton Road, a scheme of 39 affordable homes for Stonewater.

In our latest blog, he reflects on his development during the project and his first two years as a trainee site manager.


 

I can trace my time back with Deeley Construction to a brief work experience placement I did in school. Undertaking that work placement was one of the best decisions I have made.

While my family have always been involved and worked in construction, it wasn’t until I completed my placement at Deeley that I realised the variety of roles involved in a construction, development or property business.

From that week of experience, I worked with near enough every department in the firm. This included spending days on site, understanding the financial processes with the accounts team and getting a chance to speak with the management team too.

I felt after that placement I had a really good understanding of the company, so when the opportunity arose to join the business as a management trainee I jumped at the chance.

The management trainee role saw me given more chance to experience parts of the business, alongside my fellow trainee Tom Jeffrey. The office work was insightful, but for me it was the work on-site which appealed the most.

That led me to supporting Eamonn Gorman, site manager, on the Tiverton Road development for site manager. I had very limited experience of being on a construction site at this time, so to be supporting a multi-million-pound development at the age of 17 was a great chance to learn.

That’s where Deeley has really helped me to develop at such a quick pace. Over the course of the 18 months on-site at Tiverton Road, I improved in all aspects of work. I was given key tasks critical to the delivery of the project and it was my responsibility to ensure I had full knowledge of the job.

Like every job, there were hurdles to overcome and challenges to work through. The site team had to work hard and adapt, and it was interesting for me to see how important adaptability can be on site.

One of the big takeaways for me from that first project was the development of my people skills. You meet lots of different people in this business, people from different walks of life – and the way you deal with, for example, clients and the team on site is completely different.

I’ve now moved onto the Ernesford Grange & Riverbank Academy project, which is a completely different job. It’s a live-site with the school still open and we’re working with traditional steel frame rather than offsite manufactured timber frame houses.

However, the principles are still the same – it all comes down to communications and understanding how to work with and speak to different people.

Away from site, Deeley is giving myself and Tom plenty of opportunity to develop and gain important qualifications too.

We are studying at Rugby College and started out on a Level 3 course. Because of what we had been learning on the job and the experience we had, the tutors pushed us an academic year ahead.

Ahead of assessments, I’ve been able to compare my site management experience with Tom’s as a quantity surveyor. We’re now completing a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment and also studying for the HND.

To make sure we are getting the best results we can in our assessments, time management is crucial. It’s all about finding that balance, but it’s something I’ve took to and that time management skill is useful back on-site too.

I think I’m continuing to improve and develop on site, I’m still only 18 and it’s not common for people my age to be carrying out some of the roles I do.

We are a real family here at Deeley, you can see how far some of the trainees in the firm have gone and I’m hoping to go as high as I can.

For young people in schools and colleges, construction definitely needs to be better promoted as an industry to pursue a career in.

I was lucky that my career advisor pointed me in the direction of Deeley, due to the school’s links with the business.

If we can encourage more young people to come into construction that can only be a good thing for the industry. I’m only in the formative years of my career, but these first two years have been brilliant and I’m looking forward to continuing my development with the business.