A major independent developer and constructor in the Midlands has launched a new affordable homes division.
The Deeley Group, which is headquartered in Coventry, has established Deeley Affordable Living offering a full affordable housing service, working in partnership with land owners, local authorities and social housing providers across the wider region.
Deeley has delivered 550 affordable homes for a range of organisations and providers in the last four years and is currently working on four schemes in the region.
Anthony Holt, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector has been recruited to head the new division which was launched with an event looking into the provision of affordable and social housing and how the system could be streamlined.
Karl Tupling of Homes England, Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western and Helen Collins, Head of Housing Consultancy at Savills, spoke at the event which was attended by 60 housing industry figures at George House, Deeley’s headquarters.
Holt, who joined the company from Orbit Homes, said: “Deeley has developed an expertise in working for developers, local authorities and registered providers and has built up a track record in quality, affordable homes.
“The company’s experience in land, development and construction means we can offer a full service to clients which will deliver a site, planning consents, construction and a delivered product, or any of those individual components.
“We have worked in partnership with the likes of Orbit Homes, Waterloo Housing, Bromford, Stonewater and are on the Homes England’s Delivery Partner Panel so we have deep understanding of what providers need but, unlike many other construction firms, we also have the other capabilities in-house, which allows us to offer a far wider service.
“Our 80-plus years of working in this region also gives us unrivalled local knowledge which can be of real value when looking to develop sites, including brownfield land which is key to helping reach the numbers required by government.
“We have had a very good reaction from the industry in the build up to our launch and have already had some strong interest.”
The launch event looked at the issues with planning, land supply and demand, and explored ways in which provision can be accelerated.
Holt added: “While there was wide acceptance that more needs to be done in the provision of homes, there was also recognition that government has listened to many of the real issues and is working closer with industry.
“Many of the hurdles to delivery such as planning and greenbelt are very deep-set and there is no easy fix but it is essential that elements which can be resolved more easily, need to be ironed out and that need is recognised.”
Deeley Affordable Living has also appointed Jane Fradgley as Senior Development Manager.
Picture caption: Pictured – left to right: Helen Collins (Savills), Anthony Holt (Deeley), Peter Deeley, Matt Western MP and Karl Tupling (Homes England).
A historic boarding school has appointed a construction company to carry out the next phase of its multi-million pound refurbishment project.
Bromsgrove School, which was founded in 1553, has more than 1,600 pupils aged between three and 18, making it one of the largest independent schools in the country.
The school has over 540 boarders from age seven and will invest £3.6m for the refurbishment of Elmshurst House – a house for over 90 boys aged 13–18 – and as the final part of the project in July 2019 the school will also extend the car parking provision.
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Over the summer, Deeley Construction, a Coventry-based company, completed phase one with the re-emergence of a brand new common room, associated communal areas and Houseparent’s study.
Lesley Brookes, Bursar at Bromsgrove School, said: “We are delighted with the results of phase one and the work that Deeley has completed.
“The boys and house staff are all thrilled with their new communal areas and are looking forward to moving into their en-suite bedrooms.
“This is a substantial and complicated project for the school so we have been very pleased with the Deeley Construction team who have done everything possible to reduce the disruption.
“We are all now excited to see the completion of the project next summer.”
In the last ISI inspection Bromsgrove School was rated Excellent in every single category and this summer once again saw pupils at the school achieving outstanding academic results.
Boys move into their new en-suite bedrooms in the next few weeks as Deeley Construction continues to work in a phased approach ensuring that the disruption for the boys and house staff is kept to a minimum.
Chris Newman, project manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to carry out this work with minimum disruption, which is, of course, a major priority for us and the school.
“We are very pleased to being play such a big part in the future of such a historic and respected school and we are sure that everyone is going to love the finished house.
“We are looking forward to completing the rest of the project and letting staff and pupils see the culmination of this planning and hard work.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Sean Clarke (Mace), Chris Newman (Deeley Construction), Matt Lynch(Deeley Construction), Andrew Haines (Robothams), Lesley Brookes (Bromsgrove School)
A Coventry company swapped builder’s tea for charity coffee at its Macmillan Coffee Morning.
The Deeley Group held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at its Coventry Business Park headquarters which was attended by local businesses, and raised £368.
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The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning was organised in 1990 and since then the annual event has seen over £200 million raised for people living with cancer.
Edward Hudson, business development manager at The Deeley Group, said: “It was really wonderful to see so many people from local businesses coming together for our coffee morning.
“The Macmillan Coffee Morning is so important in terms of raising money for a worthwhile cause whilst also bringing the local community together to enjoy tasty cakes and a cup of coffee.”
The public and private sector in Nuneaton have been urged to work together to identify and deliver new healthcare facilities, support social care and reinvigorate the town centre.
A meeting of civic leaders from across local government, health and the private sector came together last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Nuneaton in the years ahead.
Marcus Jones MP, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council, the NHS and private sector developers were brought together at an event hosted by Arden Estate Partnerships and Deeley Group.
Marcus Jones MP, who delivered a speech at the event, said: “In order to thrive, any town centre needs to evolve and adapt to respond to wider changes in the economy and society. We need to work together to ensure the town centre is something we can all be proud of in the future.
“This includes the provision of health and social care, which will need to be considered as an integrated part of the regeneration of the town centre. The challenge is ensuring that as we move forward with some of the exciting plans for Nuneaton we also deliver the infrastructure to go alongside it, working with public and private sector partners to make it happen.”
Nuneaton is set to benefit from significant regeneration in the coming years, particularly in the town centre. Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Local Plan is due to be agreed in the coming months and when in place will provide a framework for the growth of Nuneaton until 2031, including housing, retail and employment.
The value of public-private partnerships was emphasised as key to delivering Nuneaton’s Local Plan, and as a way of maximising the opportunities in the town.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “Nuneaton is a place that has always been open to adaptation and evolution but that doesn’t happen without everyone working together to achieve a common goal. There are some fantastic examples of joint working already across Coventry and Warwickshire and we want to ensure Nuneaton benefits from the same positive relationship with the private sector.
“There are such fantastic opportunities in Nuneaton, the rail station being just one example, and it is important that we make the most of these or risk losing them altogether. Regeneration is a complex process and needs input from investors and developers as well as local authorities. We look forward to continuing to talk with the council to help deliver their aims in the town centre.”
The event, which was held in the Eliot Park Innovation Centre overlooking George Eliot Hospital, was organised to complement a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which is currently being undertaken by Warwickshire County Council. The results of the Assessment, which look at current healthcare provision, challenges and changing demand, are due to be published in October and will help define the priorities of the NHS in Nuneaton in the years ahead.
Nikki Hopkins, General Manager at Arden Estate Partnerships, said: “Based on all the data we have access to, Nuneaton is quite an unhealthy town in the context of Warwickshire as a whole. For example, Nuneaton has the highest number of emergency admissions in the county.
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When combined with the ageing population, it’s important we consider what type of healthcare we will need in the future and how we are going to deliver that.
“We can draw from our local experience in developing the City of Coventry Health Centre, which brings together GPs, and a whole range of services including outpatients, a walk-in centre and dentistry as well as a Pharmacy and a Café run by the Royal Voluntary Service.
“Bringing together local authorities, the NHS and the private sector has enabled us to start having a joined-up conversation about what Nuneaton will look like in ten years, where GP surgeries will be located, what services they might provide and how health will serve the community as it evolves. This is just the start of the process, but we are incredibly pleased at the enthusiasm and ideas that have already started to emerge.”
A development of much-needed affordable homes in Leamington has hit a high-point.
Deeley Construction, which is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and Warwick District Council, held a topping out ceremony at the new scheme on the site off Quarry Street and Old Milverton Road.
The regeneration of this brownfield site, a former Dairy Crest premises, consists of 18 new affordable homes, and the ceremony marked the fact that the highest point in the scheme has been reached.
The existing buildings were demolished earlier this year and the new affordable homes – four of which will be available to rent and 14 will be sold as shared ownership aimed at the local community – are under construction.
Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group, is carrying out the work on the nine two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom affordable properties, with the first homes expected to be ready by autumn 2018.
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Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “The topping out ceremony is an important milestone in the housing development here at Old Milverton Road.
“There’s no doubt that the local community is crying out for more affordable homes and we are delighted to have reached this stage in the development which means we are one step closer to providing more affordable homes in Leamington.”
Anthony Riley, of Waterloo Housing Group, added: “This is one of a series of schemes that we are developing under the “W2 Partnership” with Warwick DC and Homes England on brownfield sites in the town.
“By working with a local developer such as Deeley Group we are managing to build affordable homes to help families unable to buy on the open-market or rent privately.”
Pictured: Steve Turner (Deeley), Anthony Riley (Waterloo), Neil Adie (Waterloo), Pat Moroney (Deeley).
It’s a case of design inspiration at a new development in Leamington that is seeing the creation of a new church and affordable homes.
Lillington Free Church building, which was built on Cubbington Road in 1966, has been demolished to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art place of worship as well as 25 shared ownership homes, including six apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom houses.
Once the new church, which will include a new PA system and solar panels on the roof, has been completed, the nearby church hall – constructed in the 1950s – will be demolished and a range of community activities will be staged in the new building.
It will also create space for some of the homes which are included in the plans for the site.
The official opening of the new church building is scheduled for March 9, 2019, and the Reverend James Church said the work was positive news for parishioners and the local community.
He said: “We’ve had support from local politicians and the local community as this is going to bring a new facility as well as much-needed affordable homes to the area.
“The previous building was in need of a great deal of work to make it fit for modern purposes and, in the end, it made more sense to knock it down and start again.
“The new church will have a kitchen, toilets and meeting rooms all under one roof when, previously, we had to use the old church hall for those purposes.
Lillington Free Church will hold its final Macmillan Coffee Morning in the community building on Saturday, September 1, ahead of the demolition of the building next year with all local people welcome.
Andy Bodily, Contracts Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “This scheme shows what can be done with some creative thinking and a strong partnership, which is exactly what we have here.
“It means the site will now offer a much more modern church hall for worshippers and community events as well as much-needed new homes for the community.”
Pictured (left to right): James Church, Linda Mingaye (church elder), Linda Nason (church elder), Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction contracts manager), Bob Hodgkiss (Deeley Construction site manager)