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  • Deeley Group achieves carbon neutral status and sets net zero target

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  • Deeley Group achieves carbon neutral status and sets net zero target

    Deeley Group has achieved carbon neutral status and is targeting to be net zero by 2036.

    The Midlands developer, which is headquartered in Coventry, has achieved Carbon Neutral status for its reporting period of May 2020 – April 2021 and has been working in partnership with industry experts Carbon Footprint Ltd to put measures in place to achieve net zero by 2036.

    The family-owned construction and development firm is now in the second year of measuring its carbon footprint.

    From May 2020 to April 2021, the firm produced 12.1 tonnes of CO2 per £1 million spent and offset the CO2 produced by donating to a wind project in India.

    The construction and built environment sector is one of the larger producers of emissions, but Deeley Group will be using targets supported by scientific research to drive down its emissions.

    Deeley Group has already introduced sustainable measures at its headquarters as part of its commitment, including the installation of EV charging points, solar panels, rain water harvesting measures and PIR lighting.

    As part of Deeley’s roadmap to net zero, created in partnership with Carbon Footprint Limited, it will be implementing a host of measures over the coming years.

    This will include introducing electric vehicles across its fleet, installing LED lighting at head office, work to Future Homes standards and providing incentives for staff to use greener transport methods.

    The UK Government has launched its Net Zero Carbon Procurement policy recently and this requires firms tendering to government and related bodies to annual measure their carbon footprint and reach net zero carbon by 2050.

    Deeley Group is aiming to reach this target 14 years earlier and will publish its progress annually.

    Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director at the Deeley Group, said: “With our targets we will be looking to go above and beyond the latest definition of net zero and will be working in partnership with Carbon Footprint Ltd to reach our objectives.

    “While we continue to work toward net zero carbon status, we will continue to offset our carbon to ensure we are having a positive impact as soon as possible on the environment during the process.

    “It’s important that businesses, regardless of their size, act now and take vital measures to protect the future of our planet.

    “We will be working closely with our clients to ensure that sustainable practice is being followed at all of our developments and contributing to our ultimate target of being net zero carbon by the time the company celebrates its 100th year.

    “The target date of 2036 is ambitious but it is a challenge we are ready to meet.”

    Dr Wendy Buckley, co-founder of Carbon Footprint Ltd, added: “I’m delighted to see Deeley – as a responsible construction business – taking leading steps to achieve net zero carbon emissions way ahead of the UK’s target date of 2050. An example that I hope many other businesses in this sector will take note of and follow.”

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  • Work starts on £5.4 million development in Bath

    Work is underway on a new £5.4 million development of student accommodation and flexible employment space on the Old Bakery site in Twerton, Bath.

    Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed as the principal contractor for the development which will cater for the needs of both students and professionals in Bath.

    The site, on Jews Lane, has undergone significant enabling works over recent weeks but now the construction of the new buildings has begun.

    It will comprise of two new buildings, one which will house student accommodation and the other offering 5,000 sq ft of flexible open plan employment space.

    The student accommodation building will feature 63 flats, including a two-bedroom studio and a dedicated reception area. It will cater for the growing student population in Bath, particularly the significant number of international students attending both universities in the city.

    Planning permission was granted for the development in September 2019 and it is set to be completed in Summer 2022.

    The open plan employment space will be totally flexible, with the ability to be sub-divided to cater for a number of potential uses.

    Ross Chester, Development Manager for Deeley Freed Estates, said: “We are pleased to be able to progress this development after a challenging few months and look forward to delivering the high quality student accommodation and fully flexible workspace.

    “The enabling contract has been completed successfully, including working closely with Network Rail to ensure works around their embankment have been delivered safely.

    “We are now looking forward to working with Deeley Construction to ensure the development is ready for the student intake in Autumn 2022.”

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, added: “We’re pleased to be working again with our long-standing partners Deeley Freed Developments Ltd on this project and to extend our rich working history with the company.

    “This is a mixed development comprising residential and commercial space and we have been involved at an early stage to advise on fulfilling pre-commencement planning conditions.

    “As a trusted and respected Midlands developer, we are pleased to be expanding our footprint in Bath and our on-site team will ensure there is as little disruption as possible to the surrounding community for the duration of the project.

    “A key objective for the project is to provide new jobs for local people and work experience for students, so are working closely with the local authority and Bath College to deliver these targets.

    “It is a challenging site and we have been working closely with the client to reach a position where new-build construction can start on site. It’s fantastic to see work now underway.”

    PICTURE CAPTION:  Andrew Truswell (Box Twent), Ross Chester (Deeley Freed), Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction) and Steve Turner (Deeley Construction).

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  • Show home opens at Willow Gardens

    Employees at Willow Gardens, a new Housing 21 Extra Care development on Russell Way, celebrated the official opening of its show home last week.

    Willow Gardens is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Chipping Norton and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development, under construction by Deeley Construction, will offer 80 one and two bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership.

    Willow Gardens has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed. It will offer people over the age of 55 a range of facilities including a communal lounge and gardens. An on-site hair salon and café/bistro for residents will also open to the public.

    The scheme has been developed with funding support from the Future Oxfordshire Partnership; in in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

    Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager and Emma Taylor, Housing Manager, both at Housing 21, were joined by Murry Barnett, Strategic Housing & Development Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council, and Cllr. Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire. Paul Marlow, Senior Site Manager at Deeley Construction and Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director, Deeley Group also attended to officially open the new show home.

    Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to open this fantastic new show home and can’t wait to hear feedback from the local community.

    “Willow Gardens has been built with our residents in mind. The apartments are all fitted out with high quality kitchens, easily accessible mid-height ovens, raised power points and level-access showers, but they are also really stylish and modern. We’re can’t wait to start welcoming people to come and take a look around!

    Cllr Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire, said, “As part of our commitment to provide homes that people can afford in the district, this housing scheme is tailor-made for our older residents and to meet their needs. We are pleased that this development will soon be available for our residents.”

    Cllr Susan Brown, Chair of the Housing Advisory Group at Future Oxfordshire Partnership, said: “Oxfordshire is a very expensive place to live, so making sure that we are providing opportunities for people to find affordable options at all stages of their lives is vital. I welcome this development in Chipping Norton.”

    Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director at Deeley Group said: “This development is providing vital homes to address the needs of the community in Chipping Norton.

    “This is the first Extra Care scheme we have worked on in partnership with Housing 21 and is a fantastic, state-of-the-art development completed to the highest standards. We are proud to use our expertise in delivering Extra care schemes to address the housing requirements of the population in Oxfordshire.”

    Construction at the development is expected to complete in Winter 2022.

    For further information or to book a viewing, call the New Homes Team on 0345 608 4021 or email newhome@housing21.org.uk.

     

     

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  • Stonemarket moves into George House

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  • PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right - Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Lisowski (Riverbank Academy), Jamie Farndon, Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Steve Adams (Deeley Construction), Ryan Ilsley and Marie Manusell-Stewart.

    Students help to complete major Coventry school extension

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  • Stonemarket moves into George House

    A national landscaping products company is relocating some staff to high-quality offices in Coventry in a deal concluded by commercial property experts Bromwich Hardy.

    Stonemarket has agreed a five-year lease for 2,000 sq ft of first floor offices at George House on Coventry Business Park with owners the Deeley Group.

    Bromwich Hardy partner Michelle Mills, who acted for Deeley, said the deal showed the continued resilience of the office market in the wake of the pandemic and the growing strength of Coventry as a target business location.

    “Despite all the reports throughout the pandemic predicting the demise of the office, there is still plenty of demand for the right building in the right location.

    “These offices at George House are a clear case in point. They have been developed to the highest standards, are superbly located on Herald Avenue on Coventry Business Park and boast excellent road, rail and air links close to hand as well as an established, respected landlord.

    “New research has shown Coventry is – and will be – the sixth fastest growing city in Europe between 2020 and 2025 and we are certainly seeing evidence to back this up. It is becoming a magnet for ambitious companies who want to reflect their own ambitions by being located in a region with real dynamism and vitality.”

    Michelle said a 6,000 sq ft ground floor suite at George House was also available to let for around £106,000 a year– with interest already strong.

    This is a self-contained suite with its own entrance and comes with two meeting rooms, fully fitted kitchen and break out area, 30 parking spaces and impressive green credentials including solar generated electricity and a ground source heat pump.

    “It has everything that a modern, ambitious and forward-thinking company could need.”

    Nick Sharpe, managing director of Stonemarket said: “George House is a great location for our team, giving them a modern office to work from and hold meetings.”

    Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of The Deeley Group, said: “We are delighted that Stonemarket has selected George House for its relocation; this move reinforces our belief in well located, sustainable and flexible office space.”

    For more details of the ground floor offices and Bromwich Hardy visit www.bromwichhardy.com

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  • Students help to complete major Coventry school extension

    Work experience students at a SEN school in Coventry have helped a Midlands contractor and developer to complete a major extension to their school.

    Five students from Riverbank Academy joined contractors Deeley Construction, headquartered in Coventry, on-site as work neared completion of a new state-of-the-art teaching block to help the school cater for growing demand for its services.

    Ryley Ilsley, Mason Bennett, Jamie Farndon, Filip Liviu Niculae and Opoku Gyamfi were all given an insight into working in the construction industry during work experience at the project.

    The new building will feature three new classrooms, three bespoke outdoor soft play areas, two hygiene suites, an internal soft play area and the school’s first ever purpose-built fitness suite.

    Students in the 16 plus programme at Riverbank Academy are given opportunities to explore potential career paths so they have a good idea of the profession they would like to work in when leaving the school.

    Ryley Ilsley, aged 17 from Radford, said: “My experience on site was really good. Construction is definitely something that interests me and could be an option I consider for the future.

    “I enjoyed visiting the site and learning about the finances and costs involved in a project like this. It will help the school a lot to have a building like this and it was great to be involved in the project.”

    Jamie Farndon, aged 18 from Longford, said: “It was interesting to look around the building as it was being built and follow the work.

    “While construction isn’t something I necessarily want to work in I took the opportunity to learn about marketing and everything else that surrounds a development and it was exciting to be involved.”

    David Lisowski, Head Teacher at Riverbank Academy, said: “We pride ourselves on adding value where we can for our students, such as building independence and introducing our students to employment opportunities in preparation for leaving us.

    “Deeley Construction has been very accommodating and proactive in offering us both on-site and virtual work experience opportunities for students.

    “As a school we are now at more than 180 students and continue to grow to meet local and national demands for SEN school places. We approached Coventry City Council and they provided us with the funding to build this fantastic new building.

    “It will benefit all staff and students at the school, providing more space for our existing educational provision and giving us further scope to enhance and expand our curriculum.”

    Work is nearing completion on the new teaching block for Riverbank Academy and students and staff will be moving in from October.

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, added: “We are always looking wherever we can to give young people a window into what it is like to work in our industry and developing the next generation of construction professionals.

    “The students were a pleasure to have on-site and it was great for them to be able play a small part in the building of the new teaching block for their school.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Lisowski (Riverbank Academy), Jamie Farndon, Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Steve Adams (Deeley Construction), Ryan Ilsley and Marie Manusell-Stewart.

     

     

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  • Hundreds of cyclists saddle up to raise over £11,000

    One of the regions biggest charity cycling events returned as a fleet of fundraising cyclists got back in the saddle to raise thousands for major charities and personal causes.

    The Starley Sportive saw 470 riders register to saddle up on the day and raise more than £11,000 for local charities including The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

    Update 13th October 2021:  We have had a number of sponsorships come in from our charity partners which has meant we’ve increased our initial figure from £9,000 raised to over £11,000.

    The event, which is organised by the Deeley Group, Coventry Road Club and Coventry City Council, was supported by more than 50 volunteers, including 23 City Hosts, and saw more than 20 local companies and organisations donate items, time and money to support the event.

    This included JLN Plumbing & Heating which rescued five riders left stranded around the route due to mechanical breakdowns.

    The Starley Sportive returned after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions and riders enjoyed performances from local singers Richard Keogh, Vintage Celina Rose and Ruth Kelly, with Coventry artist Matt Casey creating a painting of professional cyclist Mark Cavendish for a prize draw too.

    It raises funds for charities and local causes primarily through entry fees, but received a significant boost this year with more than 25 riders carrying out a sponsorship drive to raise extra funds.

    Riders took in the glorious views and winding roads of the south Warwickshire countryside after setting off from the Deeley Groups George House head office on Herald Avenue, Coventry.

    The short 28.6 mile route took riders towards Hatton, while those attempting the long route headed past Snitterfield and towards Alcester before returning to George House.

    And the epic 86.5 miles route saw riders venture as far as the northern-most part of the Cotswolds where riders faced a challenging hill climb.

    Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: It was great to see people getting back out on the road in such strong numbers. Everyone who took part can be proud of their effort after another impressive day of fundraising.

    Wed also like to thank everyone involved in organising and facilitating this years ride as the event could not have been such a success without them.

    Providing there are no interruptions next year, we are setting our sights on hosting our biggest ever event so keep an eye out for announcements.”

    Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: Its great to be reminded of how sport and cycling bring people together like this, especially after last years event had to be cancelled.

    Wed like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in making this years event such a success and hope to see all those who took part and many more at next years Starley Sportive.”

    For more information visit www.starleysportive.co.uk 

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