An apartment scheme for the elderly in Coventry city centre has taken a major step forward with the laying of its foundation stone.
Cllr Linda Bigham, Lord Mayor of Coventry, was on hand to lay the stone at Bonds Lodge near Belgrade Plaza.
The £6.8 million development is being completed by Deeley Construction in partnership with Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, with the scheme designed by Nicol Thomas Architects.
It will see 45 self-contained apartments built within the three-storey building and is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.
They will be the newest addition to the Almshouses, run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities as sheltered housing schemes for the elderly, which were founded in the early 1500s.
Cllr Bigham said: “It was wonderful to be invited. This fits in so well with my own personal charities, one of which is Age Concern Coventry and Warwickshire. I’ve also been newly appointed to Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities.
“I highly commend CCMC putting their efforts into providing new facilities for the elderly and it is fantastic that a local and well-respected company such as Deeley Construction is delivering the project.”
Victor Keene MBE, chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, added: “This marks a key stage in the development of the Almshouses and we’re looking forward to them being completed in the spring of next year.
“It’s an exciting point and we’re thrilled that the Lord Mayor joined us for the occasion to lay the stone, which she did very graciously.”
It marks the Deeley Construction’s first project awarded from Homes England’s DPP3 Framework.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We would like to thank the Lord Mayor for joining us for the ceremony.
“This is an important development for elderly citizens within the local community who are looking to live in the city centre, as there is currently a lack of provision for them in the area.
“Work is progressing well on site and we are on target to complete the development on schedule.”
Work is underway on 30,000 sq ft of new business, production and warehousing units in Warwick.
AC Lloyd has appointed Deeley Construction to complete the £6 million development which will see 15 new units created off Plato Close in Tachbrook Park.
Completion is expected in December 2019 and over half of the units have already been sold – with planning permission secured from Warwick District Council earlier this year.
The units are available for purchase or rent and cater for a wide range of industries including hi-tech, engineering and storage. It could attract 80 new jobs to the region.
AC Lloyd, which is also based at Tachbrook Park, has owned the 132-acre site since the 1980s.
The development and investment company has previously worked with Deeley Construction on a similar successful project, a £9 million development at Kites Park in Princes Risborough.
Mark Edwards, managing director at AC Lloyd Commercial, said: “We are delighted to be working with a local company again in Deeley Construction to deliver this much-needed commercial development in Warwick.
“Work is starting on-site in difficult times but despite those wider economic circumstances, there is still a clear demand for units such as this in the region.
“Over half of the space had already been sold before we began construction and we have had significant interest in the remaining units.
“It is the next stage in the expansion of Tachbrook Park as more and more businesses are attracted to a hugely successful development.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, added: “Our team has now set up on-site and work is underway on these important new units to address the need for more commercial space in the area.
“Creating business space such as this can only provide a boost to the local economy.
“We have had a great relationship with AC Lloyd for many years and we look forward to working closely with them again at Tachbrook Park throughout this development.”
Almost 10 years ago David Cameron launched his concept of the Big Society which was designed to “to generate, develop and showcase new ideas to help people to come together in their neighbourhoods to do good things”.
Like many new ideas it was, of course, not original but looked to build on a tradition of communities helping each other out. It came in for a degree of derision and did not stand the test of time as a packaged policy initiative.
We have recently been involved in the refurbishment of the offices of the Coventry & District Samaritans – and to me it has summed up just what Cameron and his advisors were trying to capture.
The Samaritans is operated entirely by volunteers and at the centre they take 33,000 calls a year across 365 days, 24 hours a day.
When they came to see me back in February 2017 they were well underway with fund raising to improve their base in Earlsdon which, to be frank, was not a suitable environment for the work they were undertaking and the services they were offering.
We agreed to help and now two years later they have moved back in to a bright, modern, and wholly suitable base.
Deeley Construction has been involved, but the response from the business community has been superb. More than 10 companies have given their time at cost or for free and all of them were happy to help because they recognised not only the importance of the work the Samaritans does, but also the unbelievable commitment of those who work on their behalf often dealing with testing and distressing matters.
In an age with loneliness, anxiety and mental issues are making the headlines every day, their work has never been more important.
None of the companies involved were in it for the publicity or the glory, more that they have a sense of responsibility to their community and they realise the importance of that in a properly-functioning society in which every member matters.
So, several years after the government allowed their Big Society to wither on the vine in wake of the criticism it received, the concept is alive and well, and thriving in Coventry and, I believe, right across the UK.
Please bear that in mind when you see a Samaritans volunteer out on the street raising money.
The companies which worked on the scheme include architects IDP, Umberslade, Claddagh Electrical, CDE Contractors, Naughton Interiors, D B Heating & Plumbing, Nationwide Windows, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components, Midlands Floor Screeding and G&M Carpentry
Peter Deeley, Managing Director
A project to help secure the future of one of the area’s most valuable community support services has been heralded as a “fabulous achievement”.
Coventry & District Samaritans, which takes more than 30,000 calls a year, have returned to their Earlsdon home after the complex has undergone a total refurbishment which will guarantee its future on the site.
City-based Deeley Construction carried out the works which have been funded through the 29th of May 1961 Charitable Trust, the National Lottery and the Coventry Churches Charity as well through Samaritans funds.
The 135 volunteers returned to their Moor Street base to be welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John Blundell.
He said: “The Samaritans volunteers undertake vital work and offer a superb resource – all from a desire to help other people. Not only is that service lifeline to people who need help, it is also very demanding on the volunteers themselves.
“This project shows what can be achieved when everyone comes together and pulls in the same direction to help a good cause and it is a fabulous achievement.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the project on behalf of Coventry City Council and the people of Coventry.”
The renovations have seen a complete refurbishment of the facility, including improved access for disabled volunteers, more storage for the fund-raising shop and enhanced acoustics to assist in secure, sensitive conversations.
The organisation’s shop, which is Earlsdon’s oldest and first opened in the 1860s as a provisions merchant, raises around £500 a week for the group.
Many of the companies involved carried out the work at cost, while the Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind offered the volunteers a base from which to work while the project was carried out on their Moor Street offices.
Trevor Montague, Director of Coventry & District Samaritans, said: “We have been working on this project for several years. In February 2017 I met Peter Deeley and he inspired me with his vision and stressed the importance of future proofing the work we did – and we now have a base which will serve us well for years to come.
“There has been so much work carried out by so many people and the results will make such a difference to our volunteers and to the support they offer the people of the city and the district.”
Mike Ballinger project managed the work for the Coventry & District Samaritans alongside city-based architects IDP, and other contractors assisting on the project included Umberslade, Claddagh Electrical, CDE Contractors, Naughton Interiors, D B Heating & Plumbing, Nationwide Windows, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components, Midlands Floor Screeding, G&M Carpentry and JK Scaffolding.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “I think the efforts put in by so many people simply reflect the appreciation of the work undertaken by the Samaritans and its volunteers.
“The refurbishment will not only make working conditions much better for the volunteers but it will also improve efficiencies while the work to the shop will hopefully boosts the funds it raises.”
Left to right: Lady Mayoress Lindsey Blundell, Peter Deeley, Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell, Andrew Jones (29th of May 1961 Charitable Trust|), Trevor Montague.
Construction work has begun on a £12m luxury care home that will create more than 100 jobs in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
Kingsley Healthcare Group is developing the 66-bedroom nursing home, scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.
Kingsley CEO Daya Thayan said: “We are proud to have partnered for the first time with Deeley Construction in building this state-of-the-art home in our 20th anniversary year. We look forward to continuing the partnership on future projects.
“As well as setting the standard for elderly care we are passionate about making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.
“This home will generate well-paid jobs from senior managers and nurses to chefs, support workers, maintenance and housekeepers.”
Muj Malik, chief investment officer for Suffolk-based Kingsley, said: “The Brackley project is part of our Vision 2025 to expand further across the country and build next generation luxury care homes.”
The home in Turweston Road will have modern en-suite bedrooms and generous and comfortable living space.
Luxury features will include a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and a conservatory.
Outside, there will be extensive gardens with beautiful landscape architecture, including a water feature.
Kingsley’s investment analyst Leslie Amanquah said: “The comfort and needs of residents are at the heart of our design. For example we have ensured that nurse stations and staff areas do not encroach on the living space of residents.”
Ian Jarvis, Kingsley’s chief financial officer, said: “The Brackley project fits into our ambitious strategy to double in size over the next five years. We are planning to roll out two or three new-builds every year.”
Steve Turner, construction director for the Deeley Group, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kingsley Healthcare on this project which will bring much needed residential accommodation for older people in Northamptonshire, as well as some outstanding on-site facilities for residents.”
Picture caption: Left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), Muj Malik (Kingsley Healthcare), Matt Ellis (Deeley Construction), Nick Elliott (Elliott Associates), James Turnbull (Elliott Associates), Leslie Amanquah (Kingsley Healthcare) and Gerry Pounder (GPA Limited)
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry has received a fundraising boost thanks to the success of a charity bike ride which was the first event of the European City of Sport year.
Participants in the 2019 Starley Sportive raised over £13,000 for the Ash Green-based hospice and the funds have now been handed over to support its operations.
The sell-out event had 500 cyclists taking to the roads to raise money for the charity, which has been providing specialist care to children with life-limiting conditions in Coventry since 2011.
The money raised is enough to provide one-on-one care for three children at the hospice for one week.
This year’s event, organised by Coventry Road Club and supported by property company Deeley Group, saw money raised for a wide range of charities, with Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice chosen as the official charity for the day.
Riders, who set off from the headquarters of Deeley Group on Coventry Business Park took on one of three courses – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or an epic 86.5 mile challenge.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “A great deal of work went into the planning and organisation of the event by Coventry Road Club and we were happy to support them. On top of that there was all the exertions of the cyclist – so it is great to see that such a fantastic amount was raised.”
The Starley Sportive – named after modern bicycle pioneers James and John Kemp Starley – was one of the first mass participation events celebrating the city’s 12 months as European City of Sport.
The race was started by Lord Mayor Councillor John Blundell and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Vic Minnett.
Marc Dwyer, from Zoë’s Place, said: “This was a great all-round effort and we are really grateful to the Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group and all the cyclists who took part. It is a great community event and the funds raised will go to fund the vital work we undertake.”
Ian Court, Race Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: “This is an event that can grow each year, our goal this year was to increase participation to 500 riders and it’s amazing that we hit this.
“We are sorry some people missed out due to the event selling out but we are already making plans to be able to cater for more next year.
“This was an event for all in every sense. We had riders of various experience taking to a bike to help a good cause and they have certainly done that.
“Zoë’s Place does some fabulous work and hopefully this will help that continue.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Left to right: ront – Edward Hudson (Deeley Group), Debra Lacey (Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice) and Ian Court (Coventry Road Club). Back – Kerri Price and Tracy Sutheran (Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice).