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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

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  • Construction underway for new Burton Green Village Hall

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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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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

    A planning application has been submitted to develop a new £7.5 million manufacturing and distribution facility on an established industrial park in Buckingham.

    Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group has put forward the application to Aylesbury Vale District Council to build the new 40,000 sq ft unit at Buckingham Industrial Estate, which is forecasted to create 50 new jobs.

    If the application is successful, the developer is expecting to be on-site by winter 2022, with completion of the new industrial unit targeted for autumn 2023.

    The land will be acquired, subject to successfully gaining planning consent, from the Human Capability Foundation – a grant-making foundation based in Buckingham which is supported by Natco Foods Ltd.

    The site has an historic planning consent for use as a cash and carry linked to the adjacent factory.

    Deeley Group is currently seeking a tenant or occupier for the manufacturing and distribution facility.

    The business, which is headquartered in Coventry, has experience of providing manufacturing facilities in Buckinghamshire having developed Buckingham’s first purpose built freehold business centre, and constructed 70,000 sq ft of industrial units at Kites Park in Princes Risborough.

    Andrew Brazier, development consultant at the Deeley Group, said: “This scheme will create a vital new employment opportunity for the manufacturing and logistics industry in Buckinghamshire.

    “There is a growing need in the region for industrial units of this type. The development is perfectly positioned on an established, thriving industrial park which benefits from excellent transport links to the A421 and nearby motorways.

    “This will be the third time that we have worked in Buckingham, following the hugely successful bespoke development of industrial units at Swan Business Centre and Anglevale.

    “We hope, depending on planning consent, to have the unit completed by autumn 2023 and will be seeking a tenant or occupier for the facility in the coming months.”

    Ziran Land is a joint venture partner on the development with the Deeley Group.

    Chris White, chartered surveyor and managing director of White Commercial, introduced the opportunity to Ziran Land and Deeley Group and is the developer’s retained agent on the scheme.

    Chris said: “This scheme – Signet 40, provides a quality building in its own self-contained site – to be developed by Deeley Properties between the M1 and M40 – in an area with significant shortages of quality Industrial and Warehousing accommodation.

    “We are already receiving a good level of interest for the building. The availability of the unit ‘for sale’ is also attracting many companies unable to locate buildings they can own and occupy.”

    Follett & Co is acting on behalf of land owner, the Human Capability Foundation, in the deal and is joint agent for the scheme.

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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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  • Extra Care scheme launches in Didcot

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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. 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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  • BLOG: Biodiversity at the heart of school development

    Work is progressing on the second phase of our work at Riverbank Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy.

    While the three-storey, £5 million extension project funded by Coventry City Council continues for the Ernesford Grange secondary school – a stone’s throw away, there is a huge biodiversity project underway.

    Coventry City Council understands the importance of enhancing the environment and included it in the planning requirements for the development. This led to Deeley working with Leamington-based Arbscape Tree Surgeons to create a safe haven for wildlife.

    Colin Sheasby, of Arbscape Tree Surgeons, speaks about the biodiversity works in our latest blog.


    This is the first time we have worked with the Deeley Group on a project and we were brought together by Coventry City Council.

    As part of the original planning process, it was required for there to be an ecological survey of the site. Swift Ecology prepared the report and recommended work which could be completed to enhance the biodiversity of the site.

    First of all, the report found that the main school site wasn’t large enough to provide the necessary space to create a habitat. As a result, we have been working not only on the main school site, but also the playing field, which is part of the school boundary, and land adjacent to that field.

    We have been on site now since January and we’re making significant progress. One of the key tasks we have been working on is the creation of a 300 sqm ‘tiny forest’.

    To create the forest, we have been planting a range of native species in a very small space, then leaving it to the environment to let it develop.

    It has been lovely to be able to invite students from the school to help us in the planting of the forest – and the idea is that in the future it will be a great educational resource for pupils.

    We have used the Miyawaki methodology to create the forest, which centres around planting two to four trees per square metre, and then the forest will be self-sustaining.

    On the main school site, we have planted 21 new scattered trees and four trees to enhance an existing hedgerow, with a further seven new trees planted on the additional field. The focus of this biodiversity project was to ensure the species chosen are native or wildlife friendly – meaning they can provide pollen, fruit or seeds for wildlife which inhabit and occupy the area.

    Existing trees in the area have had bird and bat boxes added to them to encourage more wildlife while we are also creating an invertebrate hotel and log pile to foster habitats for invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals.

    This is an exciting addition and will be a significant educational resource for both Riverbank Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy on the site.

    We’re also working to create in total 7,000 sqm of wildflower meadow across the main school site and additional field. The main school site has had 2,200 sqm of wildflower meadow sown, including Yellow Rattle and Cornfield Annuals seed mix.

    We are also scrub planting, adding new hedges and planting blossom trees. The work will significantly enhance the site and the biodiverse wildlife corridor that links it to existing natural habitats.

    However, one important part of any biodiversity programme of works is to also rid the existing environment of any threats to its long-term health.

    That has seen control measures introduced on invasive, non-native species. We’re working to rid the area of Himalayan Cotoneaster and control the Himalayan Balsam, and the measures will hopefully stop the species spreading further and on to the school site.

    We’ll be finishing our works along the river by August and then the plan is to monitor and manage the area for the next three years.

    We’re very optimistic that the ecological impact and impact for wildlife in the area will be huge, and it is hoped all the different features will become a habitat for everything from bats and badgers to invertebrates and birds to forage and nest.

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  • New home opens for Nuneaton shedders

    Marcus Jones MP and the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth have officially opened the new home of a Nuneaton group which supports men and women with their mental health and wellbeing.

    Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, which currently has 20 members and is continuing to grow, has officially opened its new shed at The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre.

    Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, joined Marcus Jones MP to open the shed, which relocated from George Eliot Hospital.

    People can become isolated after retiring and the group provides a safe environment for men and women to share their woodwork skills, continue to develop their skills and meet with like-minded individuals.

    Eight of the ‘shedders’ rebuilt the shed after it was dismantled and grant funding has enabled the group to invest in new equipment for the shed.

    Nearby businesses Subcon Laser Cutting and Saputo Dairy UK donated resources and funding to support the new shed.

    The group also received support from The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and Peter Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group which built the community centre in 2013.

    Marcus Jones MP said: “I am very pleased to be here at the opening of the new shed for Nuneaton’s Men and Women in Sheds group.

    “In a remarkable short space of time, this initiative which started life in Australia, has expanded and established deep roots in Nuneaton.

    “The volunteers have themselves created their splendid new home here at Bermuda and I have no doubt it will enable them to continue to lend their phenomenal skills to many different local projects. I have seen many of the items they have made and placed around George Eliot Hospital and elsewhere in schools and other community settings and, without exception, they have been well-made, practical and much appreciated.

    “I wish the group every success for the future and wish all current and future members the very best.”

    Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, was joined by Cllr Mandy Tromans to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

    Cllr Tromans said: “The pandemic has made people come together and think more about the importance of community and wellbeing.

    “The shedders have done a marvellous job to maintain relationships between their members, they have come out the other side and built this fantastic place for themselves.

    “We have to thank everyone that has shown their support for this project.”

    Representatives from George Eliot Hospital attended the opening ceremony and were joined by members of the group, local businesses and charities from Nuneaton.

    Tony Cole, Chair of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, added: “We’re happy to have found a new home here at Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and would like to thank George Eliot Hospital for all of its support.

    “Our shedders have rebuilt the shed themselves and that was quite the challenge for eight men all over 60! We couldn’t have done it without the support from Subcon Laser and Saputo Dairy.

    “The group is great for the mental health of our members, its good comradery – even if people just come and have a cup of tea with us. When restrictions allowed, the meetings our group had in lockdown kept spirits alive and helped people through tough times.

    “We would like to thank Marcus Jones and the Mayor for joining us for the official opening and hope our new shed will enable the group to support more people in the community.”

    Peter Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We would like to congratulate Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds on its wonderful new home and wish them every success as they continue to support people in Nuneaton.

    “We have been working with the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre since we built it. It has grown into a very successful and valued asset in the community, and the addition of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds further strengthens its community offer.”

    To find out more about Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds contact nuneatonsheds@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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