UK City of Culture

Coventry won the race to become the UK City of Culture in 2021!

The bid was led by a group of councillors, business leaders, art groups and the city’s two universities.
It is estimated that the campaign has generated up to £80 million to the local economy as well as a number of social and cultural benefits.

Deeley Group’s roots are firmly planted in Coventry having been founded in the Stoke area of the city in 1936.

Further information on the City’s bid for City of Culture can be found at

“We fully supported the Coventry’s bid for UK City of Culture from the start and are on hand to give support to the city where needed. The 2021 bids falls in line with our 85th anniversary and will give us a double celebration that year”.

Peter Deeley

Deeley has been developing the structure, ready for the Sky produced show, with podiums ready for the art structure already finished, and we have prepped the building in the city centre to prepare for the Sky Art’s programme: Landmark.

Herbert – Deeley Construction completed redevelopment work with many of the gallery’s art pieces still in place and acted under strict procedures set by on-site art specialists whilst closed to the public during lockdown.

“We’re proud to have played our part in improving one of the city’s leading art and cultural institutions ahead of a huge year for Coventry.
Our team liaised closely with the gallery’s art curators to ensure works progressed smoothly and that the collections already housed at the Herbert were protected. We completed the works largely when the gallery was closed to the public, so it’s fantastic to see people finally being able to enjoy the results of the finished renovation and the new spaces that have been created.”

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said:

“We are delighted to finally be back open and able to share our new-look spaces with visitors.
It has been great to work with a trusted, local, family firm such as Deeley Construction as the main contractor on this project. The work completed will not only prove essential to up-scaling events for our City of Culture year, but also help us to achieve our ambitious legacy plans.”

Paul Breed, Chief Executive of Culture Coventry