Clearly, to assign the changes in our shopping habit purely to Covid, would be disingenuous.
Significant change in the world of retail was underway long before we first heard of the emergence of the virus, but, if nothing more, it has accelerated a trend that was emerging strongly.
The decline of the High Street has run in parallel with the rise of out of town shopping. There are a number of factors for that.
Firstly, as inflationary pressures continue to grow and household incomes are squeezed, people tend to spend a higher proportion of their income on the essentials, and less on leisure shopping.
Out of town developments cater more for that sort of retail with a high presence of food, carpets, furniture, technology and DIY.
City centre retails needs a number of things to happen in terms of planning and an overhaul of the rating system for it to revitalise and be lifted from the doldrums.
There needs to be a fresh approach on planning to encourage more change of use to residential and increase footfall. It needs to be far more flexible if we are to see real change, and that is what is needed.
Locally, for example, there is a plan in Leamington – a town which to an extent bucks this trend – to convert a former M&S store into offices and potentially bring more than 200 workers into the town centre. That will be a pattern across the country.
We are almost getting to a stage where town centre retail value has dropped to a point – sometimes by 60-70 per cent – to enable that regeneration to happen.
The attitude has to change from being one of the institutional investor who wants 25 years rent from a large anchor store to a more active management which drives more place-making and shows an increased entrepreneurial and flexible approach.
You find that that happening in parts of London and, locally, with FarGo Village in Coventry – a more vibrant and changing scene. Social patterns are changing and retail has to keep pace. Young people don’t always want to own a car and go to a department store, but they want to drink good coffee, practice yoga, be vegan and play crazy golf.
There is a constant search for the next experience, which is why pop-ups do so well, and why there are now specialist agencies advising investors and large institutional funders in how they can adjust to meet the trends.
That means we may well end up with a model that has two very distinct ends. The one is almost wholly leisure and experiential, while the other – mostly out of town – is very essential and efficient.
We have done a great deal of work in the latter end of the market and have recently built Sofology and Lidl stores in Birmingham. Quite often now, a food store is the anchor of a wider development which contains those essentials, and those larger units with car parking will be more appealing to those who remain Covid cautious.
We have a track record in creating out-of-town stores across the country and we are expecting that more conversion work will come through the pipeline
The cost of that is always quite high so value levels still have to fall to make it work economically, but that is starting to happen. The return the office, which appears to be accelerating, will help the High Street leisure businesses.
There will be further twists and turns in all areas of our lives as we emerge further from the last two years, but there is increasing clarity around the future of retail and we believe, as a business, we are well placed to serve both ends of the new market.
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director
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.”
Richard Duxbury, senior design and build manager at Deeley Construction, has become the 10th recipient of the Gary Neville Award, set up as a lasting legacy to one of the firm’s finest ever employees.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for in-house, crowning the staff member who never hesitates to go above and beyond.
Richard’s coronation is a significant one, as his award win marks a decade of the initiative’s existence.
He said: “To win the Gary Neville Award at Deeley Group is a special moment for me personally. I’d like to thank all my colleagues, both in the office and on site. It’s been a joy to work with you these last eight years.
“I unfortunately didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Gary, but his achievements speak for themselves. When somebody wants to describe how things should be done from a construction point of view within the organisation, Gary is always the benchmark. His mentality continues in Deeley Group today, through the approaching of challenges head on, working together as part of a collective effort and producing results.
“To receive recognition whilst we are working in a such a tough environment at the moment, and to feel that your efforts are making a difference, is a great feeling. I’m very pleased to have picked up this prestigious award.
The award honours Gary Neville, who rose through the ranks of the company. He began his career as an apprentice, eventually leading some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.
Gary passed away in 2011 but his spirit lives on with the yearly award, which is presented to the employee who has displayed standout commitment levels in their role within the Deeley Group portfolio over the past year.
Richard Duxbury has helped progress the design and build element of the business in close to eight years with the Deeley Group, leading to his receiving of the Gary Neville Award.
Peter Deeley, joint managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Richard is an extremely well-regarded member of our team, with so many of his values matching those that Gary himself possessed.
“Over the past decade everyone at the company has embraced the award, as we remember Gary and the popular, talented and larger than life figure that he was.
“Whilst employed by the Deeley Group, Richard has carried himself with great integrity and worked diligently, building a reputation as an approachable and gifted colleague who is always the first to lend a hand.
“No problem is too great for Richard, as his multi-disciplinary skillset and reliable nature enables him to complete a variety of tasks to his usual high standard.
“We would like to thank Richard for his continued service to the Deeley Group. His hard work is valued across the organisation and he fully deserves this year’s award.”
Picture caption: Gail Duxbury, Richard Duxbury, Julie Whelan and Peter Deeley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It sees the companies, which are headquartered under a mile away from each other, work together for the first time since Deeley Construction built Burbidge & Son’s distribution centre a decade ago.
Moreton Edge is a development of 16 new homes, ranging from two-bedroom cottages to a three-storey, five-bedroom home, all built around a private garden and green space.
Kitchen Makers’ kitchens are all handmade made locally in Coventry and the first of the kitchens has now been installed at Moreton Edge.
The high-specification kitchens are made with solid wood and will be hand-painted one of 16 different tints and hues by request of the home owner – giving each home a distinct identity.
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director at the Deeley Group, said: “Burbidge & Son is a highly-respected name and their Kitchen Makers brand slots in perfectly with the bespoke nature of our Moreton Edge development.
“Burbidge & Son is a company that is steeped in history and holds many of the same values as Deeley Group.
“It makes it even better that the company is based a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Coventry and this is a great example of two local companies working together to deliver on a project.”
Ben Burbidge, managing director at Burbidge & Son, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Deeley Homes to introduce our Kitchen Makers’ products into the wonderful new development at Moreton-in-Marsh.
“In the past, we had been the client in the relationship between Burbidge and Deeley, but that has now flipped and we are now doing work for them.
“While our core business is selling kitchens through independent retailers, we have been expanding our offer when it comes to new-build developments.
“The first kitchen is now installed and it looks great. We have been in talks with a number of the buyers at the development about their kitchens and look forward to working with them more closely to create the perfect kitchen for their home at Moreton Edge.”
Moreton Edge is being marketed by Oliver Knight New Homes.
For more information on the development and remaining properties visit www.deeley.co.uk/homes/our-developments/moreton-edge/
To find out more about Kitchen Makers visit www.burbidgekitchenmakers.co.uk
PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Ben Burbidge at Moreton Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh.
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.
Deeley Construction are currently leading on phase two of the Ernesford Grange School construction works and were keen to support some of the local community groups and projects in the neighbourhood to help in the run up to the festive season.
The Council’s Community Resilience Team supported Deeley Construction by linking them into some of the local community organisations in the area, including St John the Divine.
Deeley Construction had supported the local church earlier in the year with a financial contribution towards their Easter hampers for children and families and were keen to offer some support again this Christmas after seeing their great efforts previously and have donated a further £250.
St John the Divine have been supporting hundreds of local families with their school holiday activities alongside many other activities and events they host for the community. This Christmas they are again giving out food hampers to those families in need, alongside holding a live Nativity with animals outside the church for everyone to enjoy. The church has provided dinners to 678 people this Christmas and given hampers to 70 as part of the event.
Reverend Pam Howell, St John the Divine Church, said: “We are very grateful to Deeley Construction for their very kind donation towards the cost of food hampers we will be providing to local families in need this Christmas. This will enable families to be able to celebrate Christmas dinner without taking on debts they cannot afford to repay.
“It also helps towards the cost of the Christmas Outdoor Nativity we are holding on 21 December, when families will act out the Nativity outside with a live camel, donkey, and sheep, and receive catered food to takeaway – we expect around 500 people to attend across the day in safe socially distanced time slots.”
Edward Hudson, Deeley Construction’s Business Development Manager, said: “St John the Divine and the Council are clearly doing a great job not only supporting the community by providing some great festive entertainment but also raising interest in the environment, so we were only too happy to help them again.
“Our work with St John the Divine is just one element of the community engagement we have undertaken during the construction at a local project. Using a local contractor greatly benefits local communities – on the local project 17 per cent of the budget has been committed to social value in the local community.”
Cllr John Mutton, ward councillor in the Binley and Willenhall area, added: “I’m really pleased to see how this kind donation can do so much to help the area enjoy a safe, fun Christmas and can help ease the pressure a little on people struggling over the festive season.”
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The value of generous donations like this from Deeley Construction is enormous. St John the Divine provides a lot of support in the area and this donation just re-enforces the partnership working which benefits so many.”
Photo left to right; Cllr Welsh, Rev Charlotte Jackson- St John the Divine, Cllr Mutton, Rev Pam Howell – St John the Divine, Dagmer Dias- St John the Divine Families Worker, Edward Hudson – Deeley Construction, Sharon Thomas- Community Resilience Team, Cllr Lakha
The firm has delivered the 15,000 sq ft Sofology store to the south of the city centre on John Kempe Way.
LondonMetric Property appointed Deeley Construction to construct the new store earlier this year, with the aim of expanding and enhancing its retail offering.
The project also saw the renovation of the front of the adjacent store at the retail park.
Deeley Construction, which has recently secured carbon neutral status, has completed the project to BREEAM Excellent status, the world’s leading sustainability accreditation.
LondonMetric worked closely with independent energy consultants from the outset of the project to achieve this.
The scheme incorporates an energy efficient envelope with responsible sourcing of materials, renewable technologies to reduce energy emissions and water saving devices. It also features electric vehicle charging points for customer use.
Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “This is the latest in a line of projects we have worked on with LondonMetric Property and is a prime example of what can be achieved through strong, continued partnerships.
“We carried out this project in a live retail park environment and using our extensive experience in these settings were able to keep disruption to nearby retailers and visiting customers to an absolute minimum. This stretched to maintaining access to the adjacent store as we carried out refurbishment works to its façade.
“As we drive towards our target of achieving net zero status by 2036 it is crucial we look to reduce the carbon footprint on all of our developments. During the Sofology build we ensured that sustainable construction was at the heart of the project.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with LondonMetric Property on future developments.”
Sofology opened the new showroom on Saturday December 4 and has created 12 permanent new jobs in the area.
Shaun Cook, Director of Retail at Sofology, said: “As our 55th opening, the new Birmingham store is part of our continuing expansion plans across the UK. We are committed to carbon efficiency and it’s great to know the showroom has been completed to BREEAM standards.”
Tom Pinder, Development Manager of LondonMetric Property, added: “We have a strong partnership with Deeley Construction having completed a number of new-build and refurbishment projects over the years.
“With our own carbon reduction agenda at the forefront of our operations, we are proud to deliver a scheme with such strong sustainability credentials. At a baseline, the shell build has achieved an ‘A’ EPC rating.
“Further to this, the building is future proofed to accommodate an enhanced renewable technology scheme which, if incorporated at a later date, would enhance the shell building further to net-zero carbon status.”