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  • Charity sportive organisers urge residents to save money by turning to bikes

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  • Deeley Homes given the green light for fifteen new brownfield homes in Leamington

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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

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  • Charity sportive organisers urge residents to save money by turning to bikes

    Residents across the region are being encouraged to reject increasing costs at the petrol pump in favour of their bikes in preparation for the return of an annual charity cycle sportive in Coventry and Warwickshire.

    As inflation continues to bite, organisers of the Starley Sportive want people living or working in the city and its surrounding areas to start saving commuting and travel costs by cycling in preparation to taking part in this year’s event and familiarising themselves with the Starley Network, a newly created 500-mile regional cycling network.

    The Starley Sportive, established by Coventry Road Club, Deeley Group and Coventry City Council, will take place on Sunday, September 4 with participants setting off from Deeley Group’s head office on Herald Avenue at 8:30am.

    Riders will cycle through locations across Coventry and Warwickshire, with parts of the Cotswolds also featuring in the route.

    All money raised will be donated to The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

    Ahead of the event itself, organisers will be undertaking a foodbank drive where all scheduled riders will be given the option to donate food to a local foodbank – with the aim of supporting those in need within our community during this ongoing period of economic uncertainty.

    Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “As a community-focused business, we’re well aware of the challenges that everyone in the region is facing with the riding cost of living.

    “Cycling to and from work is a great way to get regular exercise and is known to contribute to improved mental wellbeing, so we’d like to encourage people across Coventry and Warwickshire to don their helmets and start and end their working day in a positive, healthy manner.”

    “The Starley Sportive offers a great way to initially explore the wonderful network of cycle paths and cyclist-friendly roads that were set up by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and Coventry City Council back in 2020.”

    Ian Court, general secretary of Coventry Road Club, added: “Coventrians are fortunate to now have a designated cycle network available to them to explore, navigate and conquer, and preparing for the Starley Sportive is a great way to get into the swing of things.

    “A new motor-free cycleway in Coundon is nearing completion, with Binley also set for a new cycling zone. Whether it’s work or leisure, rain or shine, it’s a really great time to be out on your bike in the city – all while saving money and doing your bit for the environment!”

    The sportive and the cycling network are named in honour of James Starley, known as the father of the bicycle industry and John Kemp Starley, widely considered the inventor of the modern bicycle. Both worked and lived in Coventry.

    To book a spot and find out more about the 2022 Starley Sportive, visit www.starleysportive.co.uk/.

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  • Deeley Homes given the green light for fifteen new brownfield homes in Leamington

    A brown-field development of fifteen new homes in Leamington has been given the green light by Warwick District Council.

    This will be the final phase of the regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, following Deeley Homes’ £29 million conversion of the former Soans’ motor dealership site into an initial 147 homes in 2018.

    The 11,901 sq ft development, which will be accessed by Ramsey Road, will be a mix of one bedroom and two-bedroom for social rent and shared ownership with two- and three-bedroom market sale homes.

    40% of the properties at the site will be affordable homes, with work set to begin in late summer and completion expected to be in early 2023.

    The developers will be making contributions to improve sustainable travel measures, local green spaces and sports centre improvements in the local area.

    Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of Deeley Group, said: “With the lack of supply a real concern for prospective homeowners across the country, we’re delighted to bring another round of homes to the market, including six affordable properties.”

    “With people’s finances stretched to the limit due to a combination of factors, affordable housing is incredibly important – for first-time buyers, small families and those looking to downsize alike. As such, we’re pleased to once again be bringing new homes to Leamington.”

    “It was important to us to reaffirm the commitment we first made to the local area in 2018 as part of our regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, and we will be making improvements to key local infrastructure once again, as the fifteen new homes are brought to fruition.

    “This sought-after location has excellent travel links to nearby towns and cities, as well as a range of desirable amenities and schooling options. We’re really looking forward to getting the build started and then showcasing the homes to interested parties upon completion.”

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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.

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  • Construction underway for new Burton Green Village Hall

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  • 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.”

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  • BLOG: Mike and Vicki at Moreton Edge

    Mike and Vicki were the first homeowners to move in to our Moreton Edge development in Moreton-in-Marsh.

    We caught up with the couple a few months after moving in to see how they are enjoying life at Moreton Edge and living in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    What attracted you to the home and Moreton Edge initially?

    We found this development online and we were looking for the Moreton-in-Marsh area generally. At the time, all of the properties had been reserved, so we put our names down on the waiting list.

    We didn’t expect we would get the offer of a plot, but Oliver Knight said it would be still worth us registering our interest.

    It was June when Oliver contacted us and told us that one had become available.
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    We jumped at the chance. To end up being the first people in was a real surprise.

    Why Moreton-in-Marsh?

    We came from Beverley in Yorkshire, which is lovely but we, wanted a complete change. Mike had just retired, neither of us driving at the moment, so we wanted to come to a place where we had easy access to services.

    Moreton-in-Marsh runs a bus service to surrounding villages. We are also close to Oxford and also 90 minutes from London Paddington on the train and there is a lovely high street full of all the shops you need. It’s also an area of outstanding natural beauty, so we have easy access to a lot of walks in the countryside – we’re surrounded by footpaths and routes.

    Quality of the build?

    We had a four-bedroom house before and we weren’t particularly looking for something of the same size. The three bedroom specification we saw was ideal, the dimensions of the room were big, and to us it seemed to work perfectly.

    The house has a high-quality finish – we knew that was going to be the case from the moment we saw the brochure.

    We came down to Moreton-in-Marsh in April 2021, because that was the earliest we could travel due to lockdown. It was a lovely week and we stayed in a cottage on the main street. We looked at the development from the outside and thought it looked really good.

    It’s in a good location, and the Cotswold stone build is fantastic. It fits in ideally to town.

    This is a lovely small development and we’re of the opinion there will be a great community here.

    We love the house and we’re really very happy with it. The landscape is what we particularly wanted and our garden has a gorgeous view.

    Hospital Road is a lovely road with a really nice mixture of properties on it, but the way Deeley has done the build with the tiles and Cotswold stone means it fits in perfectly.

    We hope to be here for the long-term and feel really settled here.

    Experience with Deeley Homes?

    Deeley Homes tried to get the house ready for us as soon as they could. We had been living temporarily in an Air BnB for two months, after selling our existing house.

    We expected there may be a few problems as it’s a building site and we would be the first ones in occupation, but the builders have been good. There are a few things which still need finishing but we understand that will take time, but it doesn’t stop us enjoying the house.

    With Deeley Homes being a smaller developer that has made a big difference. Before we moved in we had correspondence with both Eleanor Deeley and Dean Weldon and found them both fine to work with.

    It was even down to things like keeping the heating on for when we moved in and the welcome on arrival, little touches that make a big difference.

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  • 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.
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    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.

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