Exemplar Health Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist nursing care that focuses on maximising independence and empowering those living with complex needs to live as fulfilled lives as possible. Its new home, Shire Oaks Court, located on Brownhills Road in Walsall, will be its third in the West Midlands area, and is due to open early 2023 – creating 100 jobs for the local area.
Exemplar Health Care has worked closely with health and social care authorities in the area and hopes to bring this one-of-a-kind facility to Walsall to enable local people who are living with complex needs, or, have suffered an accident to receive the specialist care that they need close to their homes and loved ones.
The home will be equipped top-to-bottom to meet the needs of its new residents. Each of the 30 bedrooms will come with an en-suite wet room, and the building will feature high quality, spacious communal spaces, sensory and therapy rooms and landscaped gardens, for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Charlotte Lloyd, Director of Commissioning at Exemplar Health Care, said: “We’re pleased to announce we are investing in a 30-bed specialist care home for the Walsall area.
“This community-based home will provide person-centered care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.
“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs and to provide over 100 stable and local jobs. As well as providing employment opportunities, there are plans in place to help the new care home become part of the local community. It’s our ambition for the home to be a place where we host events, and where our residents can be part of the community, whether through work placements, local events or volunteering.”
Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed to develop the building located on Brownhill Road.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s fantastic to see our team on site and starting work to create a care home which will be an important asset for the local community.
“This is our first development with Exemplar Health Care and it sees the continued delivery of our healthcare development expertise across the Midlands.
“We have a strong track record of creating facilities that cater for adults with complex needs and we look forward to working in partnership with Exemplar Health Care on this development in Walsall.”
Shire Oaks Court will be situated on Brownhill Road, Walsall.
LiveBuzz – which provides software and digital services for event organisers around the globe – is moving into a new base at George House on Coventry Business Park thanks to a deal concluded by commercial property experts Bromwich Hardy.
LiveBuzz will take over ground floor offices in the south wing of the showcase building on a six-year lease under the deal, concluded by Bromwich Hardy founding partner Tom Bromwich.
Tom, who acted for landlord the Deeley Group, said the deal showed the value of modern, state-of-the-art office space even in the wake of the pandemic.
“These are really first-class premises, designed and built to the highest standard and home to the Deeley Group themselves, who have established an enviable reputation for quality over more than 80 years as a family-owned construction and development business.
“Despite the changes in working habits which the pandemic has brought, there is still a strong demand for accommodation of the highest calibre which reflects the integrity and ambition of the companies involved.
“We are delighted to have been able to secure this deal and look forward to seeing LiveBuzz go from strength to strength in their new home.”
Eleanor Deeley, Deeley Group joint managing director, said: “It is a pleasure to have been able to provide LiveBuzz with the high-quality space that its expanding business needs to retain its staff and grow further.”
Sam Corbett, from LiveBuzz, said: “We are delighted to be moving into George House which will meet our needs for years to come as we continue to grow. The modern, visually stunning and sustainable offices perfectly represent our brand and values.”
I’ve always been passionate about the built environment and particularly enjoy the business aspects of property, so when the opening came up to join the Deeley Group as a graduate I knew it was a great opportunity to make my mark in the industry.
I completed a Business and Economics undergraduate degree at a business school in London and then a postgraduate degree in International Real Estate at Bartlett School, UCL.
Ahead of coming to London, I had actually considered studying architecture. But I think I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial, so taking the development route into property seemed perfect for me.
After graduation, you spend days searching for graduate positions online and sifting through what might be the right fit.
The job description for the position at Deeley jumped off the page. I knew straight away that I would get to build broad experience in the role and it wouldn’t be so ‘limited’ as other positions.
While some graduate roles see you focused primarily on land search or valuations, the position at Deeley encompassed quantity surveying, urban planning, construction, finance, marketing, project management and even site visits, Covid permitting!
I’m now five months in to my Deeley career and I already feel like I’m developing a well-rounded skill set.
Real estate development is a complex, lengthy and risky process and to be successful it’s crucial to have an understanding of the whole process and that is what I’m looking to build in these first two years.
While residential is my main interest, I get the chance to be involved in large scale commercial, retail, healthcare and affordable living projects.
With the Deeley Group being an SME, I’m also presented with the chance to learn off individuals with vast industry experience.
On a regular day sitting in the office with development manager Dean Weldon and joint managing director Eleanor Deeley, you learn a lot.
There aren’t many graduates out there that get the chance to learn directly from someone who has achieved as much as Eleanor has – whether that be on how to conduct yourself, or tips and tricks on how to tackle certain issues.
Being able to work closely with estimators, architects, site managers and engineers has been very valuable and I’m thankful for their support and time they take to explain whenever needed.
Their experience has given me a broader understanding of what clients want and how we can support them to achieve their goals.
I’m keen to help out wherever I can in the business and looking forward to soon leading on smaller projects of my own. I’ve definitely got the property bug!
Some days I spend hours searching for land, finding opportunities, and identifying villages which might be primed for development.
The next step will be to get my professional RICS accreditation, which I have now enrolled in, and ticking off the various proficiencies to achieve that.
Property is still a people business and building close connections with people is important. I’ve been attending several networking events to help build up my contact list.
I’ve had a lot of opportunities to put what I have learned in my university studies into practice.
I’m really enjoying my time here, I enjoy coming into the office every day and working with my colleagues to overcome different challenges.
I feel like Deeley is the perfect place to learn and start a career in property.
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