A classic West End hit musical will be the first major schools production to be staged at a new hall in Warwick.
Pupils from Warwick School and King’s High School are collaborating in the school edition of one of the world’s most popular musicals, Les Misérables, from Wednesday, November 8 to Saturday, November 11 at 7pm.
It will be the first major schools production held in the new Warwick Hall, which was completed in September 2016 by Deeley Construction.
The new Warwick Hall is a 1,000-seat, £7.5 million state-of-the-art venue which features performing arts studios, exhibition space and improved acoustics.
It replaced the old Guy Nelson Hall and saw more than £1 million raised by the school through dedicated activities to help fund construction.
The musical will feature the hit songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”.
The international show has been seen by more than 70 million people worldwide and continues to break box-office records.
Cat Price and Mike Perry will direct the production, with design by Judy Reaves and lighting by Ian Roberts.
Warwick School Upper Sixth student Samuel Young will feature as musical director.
Deeley Construction, which is part of the Deeley Group, are sponsoring the production, in partnership with the Friends of Warwick School.
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Les Miserables is one of the world’s greatest productions and the perfect show to be the first schools production to be staged at the new Warwick Hall.
“The pupils from Warwick School and King’s High School have been working tremendously hard to ensure they put on a professional production and I’m sure it will be a brilliant show.
“Warwick Hall is a state-of-the-art venue perfect for major productions like Les Misérables and opening night will be a great occasion. We are very proud sponsors.”
There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the production of Les Misérables. Tickets cost £14 or £10 for concessions and are available from www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk
For box office enquiries please call 01926 776438 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture caption: Co-director Cat Price, Warwick School Director of Drama Mike Perry and Peter Deeley with the cast of Les Misérables.
Brand new student residences have been officially opened at Royal Leamington Spa College.
The new accommodation is named Wood Hall after WCG’s Chair Stephen Wood, and he officially opened the halls with Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington. Invited guests enjoyed a tour of the facilities, as well as tea and cake in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning campaign which raised £100.
The new accommodation consists of 98 ensuite rooms with shared kitchens and a warden flat. Students and apprentices have already moved into the accommodation which was built by Deeley Construction.
The new £4.5 million development came about when WCG was in discussion with Deeley Properties, the development division of the Deeley Group, on its need for more student residences. The company came up with an innovative way of funding the scheme by inviting a pension fund to invest in the development, allowing Deeley Properties to take care of the design, build, finance and land package.
Stephen Wood, Chair of the WCG Governing Body, said: “I was absolutely delighted to officially open Wood Hall today. The new accommodation is fantastic for our students and apprentices, especially being on the college site, and it shows we are committed to investing in the best facilities for the benefit of our students and the local area.”
John Vickery, Director of Estates for WCG, said: “The demand is high for student accommodation so it has been great to work with Deeley and their contractors on this project. I’d like to thank them and all of the college staff from the estates and accommodation teams who have been involved and delivered the project on time.”
Matt Western, MP, said: “It was great to visit the Leamington campus of Warwickshire College Group and view first hand the impressive new residential blocks. The new student accommodation is spacious, high quality and is a welcome addition in encouraging students from further afield to come and study at one of the UK’s best FE colleges. I congratulate Deeley Construction and WCG on this exemplar development.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group, said: “The way this development evolved has shown how we, as a Group, can offer much more than construction alone. By working with WCG, we helped to secure funding and then drew up a scheme that fitted its needs the best.
“On the construction side, we’ve worked with WCG before and it is always a great testament to us to win repeat business with a client in this way.”
The Deeley Group also donated 99 branded mugs to the new residents and encouraged them to ‘share a brew with their neighbour’.
For more information about accommodation at WCG, go to www.wcg.ac.uk/accommodation.
Picture caption: Left to right – Stephen Wood (WCG Chair), Matt Western MP, Camille Hardwicke-Garner (Student Sabbatical President), Martin Gallagher (Managing Director, Deeley Construction), Peter Deeley (Managing Director, Deeley Group)
A new sensory room which will support some of the most vulnerable children at a Coventry school and act as a lasting legacy to a well-known construction worker has been officially opened.
A special event was held at St Patrick’s Primary School to mark the completion of two extensions which were built in only six weeks by Coventry-based Deeley Group.
The sensory room has been named after Martin Curtin, who worked for The Deeley Group for 58 years, and passed away in December last year at the age of 86.
The event also marked the completion of an expansion to the staff room, providing teachers with a dedicated workspace to plan lessons.
The school, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, and Deeley Group welcomed members of Martin’s family for the sensory room’s official opening where they were able to take a look at the space, hear more about what it will be used for and enjoy tea and cake.
Deeley Group completed the work after Peter Deeley visited the school to hear more about its needs. The firm worked with a number of local contractors to complete the build at a highly reduced cost, with all of the work taking place during the summer break.
Andrea Sherratt, Principal at St Patrick’s Primary School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our two extensions which wouldn’t have been possible without support from The Deeley Group.
“We had a very tight budget, but Peter Deeley and the company have the community at heart and wanted to help the school andsupport the children, so offered to complete the work below cost.
“Deeley also ensured that all of the work was done throughout the school holidays so it did not cause any disruption to the children’s learning.
“It is an honour to name our sensory room after Martin Curtin, a lot of people in Coventry knew him and our new room will be a lasting legacy. The room is a blank canvas and will be used to provide additional support to some of our most vulnerable children.
“It was excellent to welcome Peter and others involved in the project as well as members of Martin’s family for the official opening.”
Peter Deeley added: “I was delighted to support St Patrick’s Primary School with this project, leaving a legacy in the community which will support children for years to come.
“Martin was one of our finest employees who worked as one of our senior site managers for many years, and it is wonderful that the new sensory room has been named in his honour. It is also good to hear that teachers are already putting their new workspace to good use.”
The consultants and contractors that Deeley Group wish to thank are:
Couch Consulting Engineers
M & M Brickwork
Fox Windows & Doors
Pro City Contracts
DMD Floor Screeds
Advanced Services West Midlands
Caption: Peter Deeley joins Andrea Sherratt, Principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Patrick Taggart, Romero Catholic Academy Business Director and the school’s youngest pupil Aubrie Wilson and oldest pupil Tadiwa Honye.
One of Stratford’s largest landlords and developers, Orbit, is celebrating its first venture into the Private Rented Sector with the opening of Fordham House in the heart of the town.
Located on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, Fordham House opened its doors to the public on Friday 15 September with a VIP event co-officiated by local MP Nadhim Zahawi and Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair.
Opening the development, Nadhim Zahawi MP said: “I was delighted to formally open Fordham House and see the culmination of the innovative project that I visited earlier on during construction. Fordham House is unique in that it will give preference to those working in our NHS, our schools, and our emergency services – it truly is a blueprint for development and I was very pleased to be able to celebrate its opening with Orbit and all those involved in the project.”
Fordham House comprises 82 high-quality apartments and has been developed by Orbit in partnership with Deeley Construction, ABD Developments and Stratford Town Trust and offers enviable priority accommodation to the town’s key workers and locals.
Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair, said: “Orbit has been investing in providing quality homes and services to support its customers since 1967 and Fordham House is an extension of our commitment to provide a housing offer for everyone.
“As an ethical landlord, we have long-term investment plans to improve the social, economic and environmental prospects of communities and developments like Fordham House make a profit so we can re-invest into building more homes to suit all needs and aspirations.”
Orbit, now the UK’s second largest developing housing association, currently own and manage around 7,000 properties in the district. Cllr Christopher Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Cllr Victoria Alcock, Mayor, joined a number of local councillors, Orbit Board members, staff and partners to celebrate the opening.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group, added: “We are at absolutely thrilled to see Fordham House opening as we know the great, positive impact it will have on Stratford.
“We are big believers in working in partnership and very much see benefit of relationships in business. Fordham House is a perfect example of that, bringing together several partners, with Deeley Group very much at the heart of that, to deliver a much-needed living development of new homes to regenerate this area.”
The £10.4m scheme includes 64 spacious one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments and each home is designed with the private market rental customer in mind, with minimum maintenance requirements and finished to an exacting standard with the latest in cutting edge technology.
Orbit has created a new web application designed to offer a bespoke digital experience for new private rented customers at Fordham House. It’s an easy and convenient way for customers to manage their tenancy, from viewing their rent account to reporting a repair.
Justin Williams, Chief Executive, Stratford Town Trust commented: “Fordham House is a ground-breaking initiative and one we are proud to be a partner in. Using the site occupied by a vacant office building and turning it into a high quality, centrally located, site for affordable homes for key workers answers a real local need.”
To find out more about Fordham House, or to register your interest in one of the new homes, please visit www.Fordham-House.co.uk
Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture is building momentum – with businesses in the region helping to drive home the message.
The Deeley Group – the development, construction and property company based in the city – has been on board with bid from day one by hosting events, signing up as 2021 Club members and encouraging others to do so.
The firm is now taking Coventry’s City of Culture message with it across the streets and sites of the region by showing support on its fleet of vans ahead of the final decision in December.
The logo stickers were provided by Moseley Signs and now adorn six of the company’s vehicles that are working on sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider Midlands area.
Edward Hudson, of the Deeley Group, said: “Ever since Coventry announced it would be bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021, we have been firmly behind it.
“We can see the huge benefits it would bring to the city – socially, economically and culturally – and we want to play a part in it. As well as joining as 2021 Club members, we’ve looked to raise awareness of the bid with fellow businesses through events and through publicity.
“We have been using Moseley Signs for our van livery for a number of years. The new stickers look great on the vehicles and we are sure they will attract attention on the streets and sites of the region.”
Nicole Malatesta, Fundraising Officer at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said more than 100 companies had backed the bid.
She said: “The support from businesses in Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider region has been incredible.
“The Deeley Group have played a big part in staging events, in encouraging others to come on board – such as Moseley Signs – and in generating interest in our bid to be UK City of Culture.”
Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.
Orbit’s staff and partners have raised more than £23,700 in aid of sickle cell disease in their seventh annual charity golf day.
Sponsored in the main by Deeley Construction, Wright Hassall and A C Lloyd, over 180 guests teed off at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club in Leek Wootton, Warwick, raising thousands for Sickle Cell Society. A cheque for £23,727.08 was presented to John Jones, CEO of the charity at Orbit’s Coventry office.
Mark Hoyland, Orbit’s Chief Executive, and George Obeng-Manu, Orbit’s Development Contracts Director and golf day organiser, presented the cheque. Mark said: “I am delighted to present the Sickle Cell Society with this generous donation in our seventh year of holding the event. Over the years we’ve raised around £150,000 for a number of charities and we will continue to do so as part of our commitment to supporting local people and communities.”
Nick Abell, Chairman of Wright Hassall, Alistair Clark, Director at A C Lloyd and Edward Hudson from Deeley Construction also attended the presentation. George added: “I’d like to offer special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year’s event a resounding success.”
The golf day also included a gala dinner, raffle and evening entertainment. All contributions to the raffle were also added to the final donation for the good cause.
Sickle Cell Society is a charity organisation that supports and represents people affected by the blood disorder to improve their overall quality of life.
Last year our popular Midlands charity event raised over £17,000 for the Stroke Association.