Deeley Construction has begun work to build the new Burton Green Village Hall, to provide a modern and energy efficient facility.
The new village hall is a five-minute walk from the previous site and will be a modern equivalent to the former building, with a high-quality commercial kitchen, abundance of natural light and office facilities among the improvements.
Burton Green Village Hall is a charity and run by volunteers, including 12 trustees who oversee its management, and welcomes hundreds of users every week.
The existing hall will remain open until the new facility has been completed and will continue to deliver its valued programme of community activities.
The project is funded by HS2 Ltd and work is expected to be completed in November 2022.
Burton Green Village Hall has been designed by David Benn from VB Architects and the trustees have been supported by David Dumbleton MBE, Senior Partner at Rotherham & Co Solicitors.
Cheryl Wall, chair of trustees for Burton Green Village Hall, said: “It’s exciting to finally see work start on our new village hall. We have worked extensively with our partners over the past decade to get to this stage.
“After a lengthy process, we selected the site for the replacement village hall and the associated outdoor space will help us to expand our services, particularly with hosting events such as village fetes.
“We will have expanded parking facilities, including electrical charging points, and the area around the hall will be landscaped.
“Burton Green Village Hall is at the heart of our community. It’s used by the parish council, residents’ association, Women’s Institute and a wide range of other groups, including our wine club, stitch group, toddler group, dance academy and many more.
“It’s a really important place for our village. We hope the new hall will attract residents from all over the village, we have worked hard to make it accessible and attractive to our newer residents too.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “We have a proud history of working on developments which are central to local communities.
“Burton Green is a growing community and this new village hall will be central to community life in the village for many years to come.
“It will be built to be a low-carbon emitting facility which will provide additional biodiversity to the area. As a developer, we are committed to reaching net-zero by 2036 and sustainability is at the heart of all of our developments.”
Richard Hardy, founding partner of Coventry-based commercial property specialist Bromwich Hardy, said he was delighted that work was now under way on site.
“We worked with the village hall committee over a period of ten years to identify this new site, negotiate with HS2 as to the exact specification for the new hall and are pleased to see that progress is now being made to develop what will be an essential part of village life.
“A huge amount of work has gone into getting to this point and we look forward to the village enjoying this new facility for many years to come.”
What attracted you to the home and Moreton Edge initially?
We found this development online and we were looking for the Moreton-in-Marsh area generally. At the time, all of the properties had been reserved, so we put our names down on the waiting list.
We didn’t expect we would get the offer of a plot, but Oliver Knight said it would be still worth us registering our interest.
It was June when Oliver contacted us and told us that one had become available. We jumped at the chance. To end up being the first people in was a real surprise.
We came from Beverley in Yorkshire, which is lovely but we, wanted a complete change. Mike had just retired, neither of us driving at the moment, so we wanted to come to a place where we had easy access to services.
Moreton-in-Marsh runs a bus service to surrounding villages. We are also close to Oxford and also 90 minutes from London Paddington on the train and there is a lovely high street full of all the shops you need. It’s also an area of outstanding natural beauty, so we have easy access to a lot of walks in the countryside – we’re surrounded by footpaths and routes.
Quality of the build?
We had a four-bedroom house before and we weren’t particularly looking for something of the same size. The three bedroom specification we saw was ideal, the dimensions of the room were big, and to us it seemed to work perfectly.
The house has a high-quality finish – we knew that was going to be the case from the moment we saw the brochure.
We came down to Moreton-in-Marsh in April 2021, because that was the earliest we could travel due to lockdown. It was a lovely week and we stayed in a cottage on the main street. We looked at the development from the outside and thought it looked really good.
It’s in a good location, and the Cotswold stone build is fantastic. It fits in ideally to town.
This is a lovely small development and we’re of the opinion there will be a great community here.
We love the house and we’re really very happy with it. The landscape is what we particularly wanted and our garden has a gorgeous view.
Hospital Road is a lovely road with a really nice mixture of properties on it, but the way Deeley has done the build with the tiles and Cotswold stone means it fits in perfectly.
We hope to be here for the long-term and feel really settled here.
Experience with Deeley Homes?
Deeley Homes tried to get the house ready for us as soon as they could. We had been living temporarily in an Air BnB for two months, after selling our existing house.
We expected there may be a few problems as it’s a building site and we would be the first ones in occupation, but the builders have been good. There are a few things which still need finishing but we understand that will take time, but it doesn’t stop us enjoying the house.
With Deeley Homes being a smaller developer that has made a big difference. Before we moved in we had correspondence with both Eleanor Deeley and Dean Weldon and found them both fine to work with.
It was even down to things like keeping the heating on for when we moved in and the welcome on arrival, little touches that make a big difference.
While the three-storey, £5 million extension project funded by Coventry City Council continues for the Ernesford Grange secondary school – a stone’s throw away, there is a huge biodiversity project underway.
Coventry City Council understands the importance of enhancing the environment and included it in the planning requirements for the development. This led to Deeley working with Leamington-based Arbscape Tree Surgeons to create a safe haven for wildlife.
Colin Sheasby, of Arbscape Tree Surgeons, speaks about the biodiversity works in our latest blog.
This is the first time we have worked with the Deeley Group on a project and we were brought together by Coventry City Council.
As part of the original planning process, it was required for there to be an ecological survey of the site. Swift Ecology prepared the report and recommended work which could be completed to enhance the biodiversity of the site.
First of all, the report found that the main school site wasn’t large enough to provide the necessary space to create a habitat. As a result, we have been working not only on the main school site, but also the playing field, which is part of the school boundary, and land adjacent to that field.
We have been on site now since January and we’re making significant progress. One of the key tasks we have been working on is the creation of a 300 sqm ‘tiny forest’.
To create the forest, we have been planting a range of native species in a very small space, then leaving it to the environment to let it develop.
It has been lovely to be able to invite students from the school to help us in the planting of the forest – and the idea is that in the future it will be a great educational resource for pupils.
We have used the Miyawaki methodology to create the forest, which centres around planting two to four trees per square metre, and then the forest will be self-sustaining.
On the main school site, we have planted 21 new scattered trees and four trees to enhance an existing hedgerow, with a further seven new trees planted on the additional field. The focus of this biodiversity project was to ensure the species chosen are native or wildlife friendly – meaning they can provide pollen, fruit or seeds for wildlife which inhabit and occupy the area.
Existing trees in the area have had bird and bat boxes added to them to encourage more wildlife while we are also creating an invertebrate hotel and log pile to foster habitats for invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals.
This is an exciting addition and will be a significant educational resource for both Riverbank Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy on the site.
We’re also working to create in total 7,000 sqm of wildflower meadow across the main school site and additional field. The main school site has had 2,200 sqm of wildflower meadow sown, including Yellow Rattle and Cornfield Annuals seed mix.
We are also scrub planting, adding new hedges and planting blossom trees. The work will significantly enhance the site and the biodiverse wildlife corridor that links it to existing natural habitats.
However, one important part of any biodiversity programme of works is to also rid the existing environment of any threats to its long-term health.
That has seen control measures introduced on invasive, non-native species. We’re working to rid the area of Himalayan Cotoneaster and control the Himalayan Balsam, and the measures will hopefully stop the species spreading further and on to the school site.
We’ll be finishing our works along the river by August and then the plan is to monitor and manage the area for the next three years.
We’re very optimistic that the ecological impact and impact for wildlife in the area will be huge, and it is hoped all the different features will become a habitat for everything from bats and badgers to invertebrates and birds to forage and nest.
Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, which currently has 20 members and is continuing to grow, has officially opened its new shed at The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre.
Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, joined Marcus Jones MP to open the shed, which relocated from George Eliot Hospital.
People can become isolated after retiring and the group provides a safe environment for men and women to share their woodwork skills, continue to develop their skills and meet with like-minded individuals.
Eight of the ‘shedders’ rebuilt the shed after it was dismantled and grant funding has enabled the group to invest in new equipment for the shed.
Nearby businesses Subcon Laser Cutting and Saputo Dairy UK donated resources and funding to support the new shed.
The group also received support from The Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and Peter Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group which built the community centre in 2013.
Marcus Jones MP said: “I am very pleased to be here at the opening of the new shed for Nuneaton’s Men and Women in Sheds group.
“In a remarkable short space of time, this initiative which started life in Australia, has expanded and established deep roots in Nuneaton.
“The volunteers have themselves created their splendid new home here at Bermuda and I have no doubt it will enable them to continue to lend their phenomenal skills to many different local projects. I have seen many of the items they have made and placed around George Eliot Hospital and elsewhere in schools and other community settings and, without exception, they have been well-made, practical and much appreciated.
“I wish the group every success for the future and wish all current and future members the very best.”
Cllr Rob Tromans, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, was joined by Cllr Mandy Tromans to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
Cllr Tromans said: “The pandemic has made people come together and think more about the importance of community and wellbeing.
“The shedders have done a marvellous job to maintain relationships between their members, they have come out the other side and built this fantastic place for themselves.
“We have to thank everyone that has shown their support for this project.”
Representatives from George Eliot Hospital attended the opening ceremony and were joined by members of the group, local businesses and charities from Nuneaton.
Tony Cole, Chair of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, added: “We’re happy to have found a new home here at Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and would like to thank George Eliot Hospital for all of its support.
“Our shedders have rebuilt the shed themselves and that was quite the challenge for eight men all over 60! We couldn’t have done it without the support from Subcon Laser and Saputo Dairy.
“The group is great for the mental health of our members, its good comradery – even if people just come and have a cup of tea with us. When restrictions allowed, the meetings our group had in lockdown kept spirits alive and helped people through tough times.
“We would like to thank Marcus Jones and the Mayor for joining us for the official opening and hope our new shed will enable the group to support more people in the community.”
Peter Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We would like to congratulate Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds on its wonderful new home and wish them every success as they continue to support people in Nuneaton.
“We have been working with the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre since we built it. It has grown into a very successful and valued asset in the community, and the addition of Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds further strengthens its community offer.”
To find out more about Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group’s Facebook page.
The scheme in Dawley Road is scheduled to open in early 2024 and will offer residents a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments together with a variety of communal facilities.
The scheme is being delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council and Midlands-based Deeley Construction.
Debbie Hope, Head of Development for Housing 21, commented: “There is a clear need for suitable housing for older people in Telford and we are hopeful that this is the first in a new pipeline of projects.
Telford and Wrekin Council was particularly supportive when getting this scheme in to contract and we will continue to work together to bring the property to life.
These apartments will provide a fantastic home for our future residents and will have a truly transformational impact for those people on a day-to-day basis.”
Housing 21 currently manage Heywood Lonsdale Court, a Retirement Living scheme in Wellington, but this new – as yet unnamed development will be their first Extra Care scheme in Telford.
Supported by a Homes England grant of £4.55m, the development will comprise of 20 one-bedroom and 50 two-bedroom apartments. Thirty of the two-bedroom apartments will be dedicated for social rent, with the remainder available for shared-ownership.
Future residents can look forward to benefitting from a range of communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, a café/bistro and communal gardens. The café/bistro and an on-site hair salon will also be available for use by the wider local community.
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “The development at Dawley Road marks the latest in our partnership with Housing 21, following other developments at Chipping Norton and Didcot.
“As a business we are targeting Net Zero status by 2036, therefore we’re excited to be working with Housing 21 on its first all-electric building which will help lower energy usage and reduce carbon emissions.
“As well as supporting Housing 21 with their Environmental and Sustainability targets we have the expertise in delivering innovative extra care facilities of this type and will be working with our partners to create a facility that caters for the housing needs of older people in Telford.”
CAPTION: CGI exterior image of the new scheme in Dawley Road, Telford