Robert Wright Drive can be found on a new housing scheme in Wyken being delivered by Deeley Group’s Affordable Living division.
The development is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater and will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes on Tiverton Road.
Robert was born in Hillfields in 1951 and ordained as Roman Catholic Priest in 1977. He served in Bicester, Nuneaton, Redditch and as Chaplain to the West Indian community in Birmingham, before returning to his home city of Coventry as Parish Priest of St John Fisher in Wyken in 1995.
In his time at St John Fisher he ministered at St John Fisher and St Gregory primary schools and worked closely with children at Cardinal Wiseman School, as part of his work with the Romero Academy.
He was a lifelong Coventry City fan and a season ticket holder for many years, attending home games when his parish commitments would allow. He ensured the church played a key role in the community and the church was a caring, inclusive and supportive place to worship and learn.
Liz Carr, Robert’s sister and a former teacher at St Augustine’s School, said: “We were delighted to hear that a road was being named after Rob, especially given its proximity to St. John Fisher‘s Church, his home for 25 years.
“He spent many happy years there, serving his parish and the local community, devoting his life to his ministry.
“He was especially happy given that Coventry was his home town, and being a lifelong supporter of Coventry City, he could easily make the home games and get back for Saturday evening mass.
“Whilst he would have been embarrassed at the thought of a road being named after him, his family and friends are really proud, as it is testimony to his hard work and commitment, and the regard he is held in, by all those who knew him.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “We have been working in the community here in Wyken for many years and for the last quarter of a century Father Bob has been right at the heart of that community.
“It is fitting and rightful honour for a great man who had such a profound impact on those he met and supported during his life. We hope that he would be supportive of our development at Tiverton Road and the creation of new affordable homes for the community which held him in such high regard.”
The new development at Tiverton Road will comprise of 23 affordable rented and 16 shared ownership properties, which will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (South and West) at Stonewater, said: “Building new homes should be centred around tackling local housing demand, whilst also enabling new residents to embed themselves within the existing community and its history.
“Naming one of the development’s roads after this highly respected individual is not only a great way to continue celebrating his work in the area but also presents an exciting opportunity for community building with both new and existing residents.”
A Midlands developer has completed work to create a new drive-thru Costa in Wolverhampton and the coffee restaurant is now open for business.
Deeley Group, which is headquartered in Coventry, has delivered the new coffee restaurant on the Birmingham New Road and Spring Road junction.
The land was acquired from the neighbouring Forty Four Club which has invested the proceeds of the land sale into the club and its facilities.
Deeley Properties worked in partnership with Ziran Land to bring forward the scheme and Deeley Construction, another division of the Deeley Group, completed the £1.6 million seven month, development.
The drive-thru is on one of the primary routes between Wolverhampton and Birmingham and has created five full-time and 12 part-time jobs. A 15-year lease has been signed by Costa for the new unit.
Four of the UK’s most powerful electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on the site. The first of their kind in the UK, the chargers have been installed by Osprey Charging Network and each provides power of up to 150kW, meaning they are future-proofed for the next generation of electric vehicle technology.
Andrew Brazier, development consultant to Deeley Properties, said: “The new Costa drive-thru is already proving popular with people in the local area and those travelling between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
“This has been a great example of the flexibility and versatility of the Deeley Group and how our expertise across a range of areas enables us the company to deliver an end-to-end service on a development.
“The development has already had a positive impact on the community with investment in the Forty Four Club and new jobs created at the Costa.
“Roadside retail is a sector that continues to thrive and Costa signing a 15 year lease on this site is evidence of the sector’s strength.”
John Liggins, Managing Director at Ziran Land, added: “Finding this high profile site and bringing it forward for development has been challenging due to its brownfield status within a former mining area. But the team has delivered a development which is a magnificent aspect onto the Birmingham New Road”.
Patrick Sherriff, Property Director for Osprey Charging Network, said: “With more electric vehicles registered in September and October this year than diesel vehicles, it’s natural that brilliant roadside locations such as this will now host high-power charging stations. Osprey are delighted that the first of over 30 charging hubs in development will serve both the local and en-route electric vehicle drivers of the Midlands.”
Holt Commercial acted in the investment sale for the completed property to Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society. Wade and Partners acted on behalf of the investor.
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – John Liggins, Patrick Sherriff and Andrew Brazier.
Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group, has optioned on a 4.5 acre site in Long Itchington, with Lucy Quibell (née Holt), director of Holt Property, acting on behalf of the landowner.
The deal continues a rich history of the Deeley and Holt family names working together.
Eleanor’s grandfather, George Deeley, set up business in Coventry in 1936 and one year later Lucy’s grandfather Clifford Holt set up a property business in the Midlands.
A partnership developed and was carried into the next generation with Peter Deeley and David Holt working together on a range of deals across Coventry – including the establishment of the successful Binley Business Park.
Eleanor and Lucy were friends as young children and have gone from playing childhood games together to completing strategic land deals – with this first deal expected to be the start of a fruitful professional relationship, continuing the generations of doing business together.
The deal signals Deeley Group’s intention to expand its already extensive land holdings and develop the footprint of its strategic land team.
Eleanor Deeley said: “Deeley and Holt are trusted and respected names, steeped in the history of the Midlands property industry and our families have been partners on a wide range of projects over the last 85 years.
“For generations we have been doing business together and I’m delighted to be strengthening and continuing that partnership.
“We will be working closely together as Deeley Group looks to bring forward much-needed new homes for the local area on the 4.5 acre site.”
Holt Property is a specialist strategic land and property development agency based in Warwickshire.
The company is currently helping to deliver over 1,500 homes on allocated sites and over 600,000 square feet of allocated employment land and is also advising on a large number of strategic land sites which are being promoted though the planning system.
Lucy Quibell added: “Eleanor and I are the third generation of established property professional Holts and Deeleys, working on providing new homes and employment sites across Warwickshire and the West Midlands, and it is great that we are building on the relationship established by our grandfathers over 80 years’ ago.
“This is a strong site in a wonderful Warwickshire village and Holt Property look forward to working with Deeley Group on bringing it forward for development and working together on future projects.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Lucy Quibell at the Long Itchington site.
Representatives of the steering group at the Great Western Park Urban Extension development near Didcot opted to name the new Extra Care Living aspect Poppy Meadows, in recognition of the local medicinal opium field.
The scheme will be delivered by Housing 21, the country’s leading provider of Retirement and Extra Care Living and will include 80 new apartments alongside communal facilities for people over the age of 55.
Debbie Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted that in building a scheme that focuses on what people will need in the future, we have not forgotten the history of the site and that is reflected in the name, Poppy Meadows. We always aspire to ensure our schemes retain strong links to the community and this is a great way to embed the development right from the beginning.
“Poppy Meadows will be a modern Extra Care scheme which will allow over 55s to live independently in their home, with the reassurance that if and when care is needed, there will be an on-site Care Team available 24/7 to offer tailored support. We are looking forward to progressing with the development and welcoming our first residents to their new home from early 2023.”
The development on land at Greenwood Way is expected to be completed in December 2022 and has received funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. The first residents are expected to move in from January 2023.
The name Poppy Meadows was chosen from a list of suggestions put forward by Housing 21, with representations from the local authorities, Oxfordshire Commissioning Groups and contractors voting for their favourite. In addition, all of the local street names are associated with flowers and trees.
Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’re excited to add our support for the new homes as part of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. The building of 80 new apartments at Poppy Meadows shows that we’re delivering on our commitment to help provide affordable homes for local people. We look forward to welcoming residents and their pets moving in, and becoming part of the Vale of White Horse and Great Western Park community in early 2023.”
The scheme will be available to people over the age of 55 and of modest means, with 60 apartments available for social rent and a further 20 available for shared ownership. There will also be on-site communal facilities including a café/ bistro, hair salon and communal lounge for use by residents and the local community.
Poppy Meadows has been designed to be centred around an open internal courtyard providing an open green space for residents to enjoy, with three linked blocks arranged around it for the apartments and communal spaces.
The project was secured by Midlands’ developer Deeley Construction via the Homes England DPP3 (Delivery Partner Panel) framework and will be built to BREEAM Very Good standard.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction, said: “We are pleased to be continuing to strengthen our partnership with Housing 21 by working on this development at Didcot and nearing completion of the Willow Gardens development in Chipping Norton.
“Our on-site team has been working with the project team and local community to minimise disruption to the local area, on what is a logistically challenging site. This approach of regular communication and working in partnership has ensured that the build programme remains on track.”
Picture caption (Left to right): Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21; Graham Hill, Site Manager at Deeley Construction; Morgan Richards, Construction Project Manager at Housing 21; Stephen May from Affordable Housing at Vale of White Horse District Council; Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council; Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction; Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council; Emma Taylor, Housing Manager at Housing 21; Fiona Clarke, Extra Care Manager (South West) at Housing 21; Lisa Ord, Osbornes Quantity Surveyors; Jayne Bolton, from Infrastructure and Development, and Emma East from Communications at Vale of White Horse District Council.
Matt has raised £4,286 for Macmillan Cancer Research and successfully conquered the booze-free Sober October challenge. The effort has seen him place fifth in the fundraising rankings out of the 34,217 people who took on the challenge.
He received donations from family, friends and colleagues at Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group – but it was his local pub, the Four Provinces, which provided the biggest fundraising boost.
The Four Provinces in Spon End agreed to donate £20 every time Matt visited the pub and didn’t order an alcoholic drink, which resulted in a total of £600 being donated over the course of the month.
Matt has seen mental and physical health benefits from giving up drinking, including losing a stone and a half in 31 days, better sleeping patterns and reduced stress levels.
His pint of choice is Guinness and despite giving the alcohol-free Guinness Zero a try during the month, Matt is looking forward to getting back to The Four Provinces for a pint of the black stuff.
But Matt says he won’t return to his normal drinking habits after seeing the benefits of drinking less alcohol.
Matt said: “I am completely overwhelmed to have raised this amount of money considering I am just a bloke that decided not to drink for a month.
“The first week I would say was the most difficult because you are changing your habits. I could never be a hermit and wanted to see my friends at the pub, so when The Four Provinces agreed to donate every time I went into the pub that was a great excuse to go and socialise.
“I have definitely seen benefits from not drinking. My sleep had been poor for quite a while but now I am sleeping soundly for six to eight hours a night.
“Also, whilst my mental health has always been quite good I have noticed a massive improvement in motivation and feeling fresh in my mind which has lead me to exercise more and generally feel better.
“I have managed to lose a stone and a half in 31 days. I always used to think my younger brother had a better metabolism than me – turns out he just didn’t drink as much!
“This has taught me that I don’t have to have a drink just because I’ve gone to the pub and I do think I will cut my consumption down now.
“The most important thing was that after two weeks my mental health improved so I would urge anybody that is feeling a touch stressed that the option of no drinking for a bit is a great option.”
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Alex Cearins (Four Provinces owner), Matt Lynch and Christy Brown (bar manager).
Opening times for the new store will be between 8am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, delivering Lidl’s fresh, quality and great value produce to the local community.
Part of the discounter’s £1.3bn investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2021 and 2022, the new store retains all of the existing colleagues from the previous Old Walsall Road store as well as creating nine additional roles for the local community.
The new Lidl store has been completed by Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction and delivered to BREEAM Very Good Specification.
The supermarket will feature a 1,410m2 sales area, a solar panelled roof as well as facilities including an instore bakery, customer toilet and improved welfare facilities for employees. Parking for both cars and bicycles will also be available, including two electric vehicle charging points.
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Iain Ross, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing our new store to Hamstead. It is great for us to be able to deliver an improved shopping experience for residents and we look forward to delivering even more of our high quality and affordable produce to the local area.”
Managing Director of Deeley Construction, Martin Gallagher, added: “This is the latest in a line of developments we have delivered under the Lidl contractor framework and we are pleased to be strengthening our partnership with the major national retailer. Deeley Construction has a proud history of delivering purpose-built projects of this type. There was a clear demand for a larger store in the area. It’s wonderful to see it now open and welcoming customers. It will be of great benefit to the community – especially with the store creating new jobs locally too.”