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  • Deeley Group wins CSR prize at regional awards

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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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  • Deeley Group wins CSR prize at regional awards

    Midlands-based developer Deeley Group has been recognised for the work the firm does in the community at a major regional business awards.

    The company came away from the 2021 CoventryLive Business Awards as winners of CSR Project of the Year, sponsored by Barclays.

    The award celebrates businesses going above and beyond in their corporate social responsibilities.

    Deeley Group’s win of the CSR Project of the Year prize was in recognition of the valuable work the business has done in the community in recent years and the development of charity events, including the successful Starley Sportive charity cycle ride.

    Other projects highlighted included a new kitchen for charity Steps for Change in Coventry, refurbishment of the Samaritans Centre in Earlsdon and new classrooms at St Patricks Primary School.

    The CoventryLive Business Awards saw hundreds of members of the business community come together to celebrate the successes of the region’s businesses over the past year.

    Winners were decided by a judging panel chaired by Marc Reeves, Midlands marketplace publisher for CoventryLive’s owner Reach plc. He was joined by Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s trade director Ajay Desai, CityFibre’s regional partnership director Leigh Hunt and Barclays’ business banking regional manager Kurt Pollard.

    The ceremony held at Coventry Building Society Arena was hosted by TV broadcaster and weather presenter Emma Jesson.

    Deputy managing director Eleanor Deeley was on hand to receive the award on stage at Coventry Building Society Arena and said it was recognition of the positive impact the company has made on local communities in recent years.

    She said: “Over the past 85 years, the Deeley Group has always looked to ensure it leaves a sustainable legacy in the communities it works in.

    “This ranges from working with local charities and schools, to standalone projects supporting important local causes and organisations.

    “We would like to thank the judging panel for recognising us with this award and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

    “Deeley Group will continue to engage with our supply chain to add social value wherever possible on our projects across the Midlands.”

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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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  • Deeley secures place on Homes England’s Delivery Partner DPS

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  • The Willows hits high point

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  • BLOG: Women in Construction

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  • Deeley secures place on Homes England’s Delivery Partner DPS

    Deeley Group has secured a place on Homes England’s new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

    The leading Midlands developer, which is headquartered in Coventry, has been successful in submission to join the platform which will be the key tool for the delivery of Homes England’s housing-led developments.

    The firm has been registered in both the small category, which is under 70 units, and the large category, which looks at developments over 70 units.

    It means the developer will have the opportunity to bid and price for works across Homes England’s entire framework.

    This covers regions including the East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East and South West.

    Deeley Group had previously been named on the Homes and Communities Agency DPP3 framework, which enabled the group to secure contracts valued £11 million to deliver extra care facilities in Chipping Norton and Didcot for Housing 21.

    The DPP3 framework also saw Deeley deliver a £6.6 million extra-care apartment scheme in Coventry.

    In recent years, Deeley Group has delivered 600 new homes and worked with partners including Orbit Homes, Stonewater, Housing 21, and Platform Housing Group on affordable housing developments.

    David Currie, Land and Partnerships Director at the Deeley Group, says by securing a place on the new dynamic purchasing system the firm will be able to deliver more affordable housing and healthcare to support communities across the country.

    David said: “This is fantastic news for the firm and positions us perfectly to push forward with our future growth strategy to work with our partners to deliver vital affordable housing and healthcare facilities.

    “The successful submission with Homes England will also enable Deeley Group to grow  its geographical coverage  across the wider Midlands and work in markets in the South East, East and South West of England.

    “We have developed strong partnerships with housing associations in recent years and these partnerships allow us to deliver under Homes England’s new DPS.”

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  • The Willows hits high point

    A ‘topping out’ ceremony has been held at a development of 55 new homes for the community in Asfordby.

    The Willows  development, which is a partnership between Midlands-based developer Deeley Homes and social housing and care organisation emh, has hit its high point.

    It is three miles from Melton Mowbray and will provide a mix of market sale, social rent and shared ownership homes – with the first homes set to be available in 2022.

    Fifteen of the homes will be sold privately by Deeley Homes, with emh developing its first market sale units at the development.

    More than two thirds of the houses will be classed as affordable homes and contribute to meeting key housing targets in the area.

    Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “This is a landmark moment for our development in partnership with emh near Asfordby.

    “We’re excited to be launching 15 market sale homes alongside the two types of affordable homes and this approach means that The Willows will cater to a wide range of people in the community.

    “Work started on site in February and the project remains on track to be able to welcome residents in 2022.

    “The development has been designed with the needs of the area as its priority and will deliver much needed market sale homes and crucial affordable housing options for people living in the Melton Borough Council area.

    “As part of the development we have been making a range of local infrastructure improvements and have enhanced the biodiversity of the site by creating wildflower meadows, bird boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog highways.”

    Social housing and care organisation emh is a strategic partner of Homes England, giving it access to £172 million in grant funding. Under a flexible development programme, emh aims to deliver 600 new homes a year for the next five years.

    Chris Jones, Executive Director of Development at emh, said: “Strong partnerships help us deliver a diverse range of housing across the East Midlands, and we are delighted that residents will soon be moving into our first homes completed with Deeley Homes.

    “Every one of our developments has made a lasting impact in the local community, and we are excited to see these affordable rent and shared ownership homes contributing to meeting the housing aspirations of people in the Melton Borough Council area.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: Chris Jones (emh) and Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) at The Willows.

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  • BLOG: Women in Construction

    Over 30 years ago, our Senior Quantity Surveyor Alison DuBock began a career in construction as a trainee, fresh out of uni. At first, Alison thought an industry ‘dominated by men’ would be a challenge, but it is a career path pursued nonetheless, even with her brother telling her that it is no career for a female. This was the eighties, after all, and construction has always changed with the times.

    When thinking of a man’s industry, construction might be your first guess. The industry reputation has preceded it in various media tropes on our screens for decades, including in the Tom Hardy film Locke, and as Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor in sitcom Home Improvement, which both present construction sites as male spaces heavily featuring common male stereotypes, with no girls to be seen.

    If we are to mention stereotypes though, front-line work on building sites may not be seen as the most glamourous place for the more feminine lady, and besides the discussion of possibly introducing a hot pink high-vis jacket, stereotypes will be left out of this blog.

    In 2021, women are as much a part of construction as men. At Deeley Group, we have female designers (architectural and structural), quantity surveyors, buyers, site managers, site engineers, and trainees, to name but a few. Although the gender gap regarding on-site trades has shortened in recent years, it is closing nonetheless; there is no reason a woman can’t be a bricklayer! is what Alison should’ve told her brother back in the day.

    To combat pre-conceptions of women in construction, we have been holding talks in schools and FE colleges about the topic, exploring how enjoying making things in GCSE Technology classes is enough experience to start taking steps towards one day being a part of the construction of a skyscraper, and that girls should not be scared or intimidated by what’s believed to be the ‘male culture’ on sites, as there are now vast amounts of rules and regulations to enforce respect for everyone.

    Construction is grassroot, by explaining that we are not a ‘dirty industry’ as blockbuster films would like to refer to us as, and showing that it can be attractive, we at Deeley are trying to improve notions in future generations. Alison has been inspiring young girls to pursue a career in our industry for some time now, giving lectures to school-aged kids, promoting traineeships to soon-to-be school leavers and telling them facts such as how construction changes everyday, that no matter which role you acquire no two days are the same and that pride is a large factor in our line of work; when you see a development you had a hand in coming together is what makes her feel immensely proud, and then being able to drive by a development years later and saying ‘that there is my building’ is the cherry on top.

    Of course, I had to ask if she had a specific building in mind when referring to this, and she mentions the first building she worked on, the old AXA Assurance tower in Coventry city centre, a centrepiece for the town in which she put together the golden carpet walling wrapped around it (a first for the city), which is still in use today, over 3 decades later, as student accommodation.

    Alison’s advice for girls considering possibly getting into the industry: confidence is key, give as good as you get, but on a respectful level. It is an endearing industry, as all you’ll mainly need to join is maths and English skills, but the most important skill you can have is common sense. Hollywood should make a film about that.

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