Richard Duxbury, senior design and build manager at Deeley Construction, has become the 10th recipient of the Gary Neville Award, set up as a lasting legacy to one of the firm’s finest ever employees.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for in-house, crowning the staff member who never hesitates to go above and beyond.
Richard’s coronation is a significant one, as his award win marks a decade of the initiative’s existence.
He said: “To win the Gary Neville Award at Deeley Group is a special moment for me personally. I’d like to thank all my colleagues, both in the office and on site. It’s been a joy to work with you these last eight years.
“I unfortunately didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Gary, but his achievements speak for themselves. When somebody wants to describe how things should be done from a construction point of view within the organisation, Gary is always the benchmark. His mentality continues in Deeley Group today, through the approaching of challenges head on, working together as part of a collective effort and producing results.
“To receive recognition whilst we are working in a such a tough environment at the moment, and to feel that your efforts are making a difference, is a great feeling. I’m very pleased to have picked up this prestigious award.
The award honours Gary Neville, who rose through the ranks of the company. He began his career as an apprentice, eventually leading some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.
Gary passed away in 2011 but his spirit lives on with the yearly award, which is presented to the employee who has displayed standout commitment levels in their role within the Deeley Group portfolio over the past year.
Richard Duxbury has helped progress the design and build element of the business in close to eight years with the Deeley Group, leading to his receiving of the Gary Neville Award.
Peter Deeley, joint managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Richard is an extremely well-regarded member of our team, with so many of his values matching those that Gary himself possessed.
“Over the past decade everyone at the company has embraced the award, as we remember Gary and the popular, talented and larger than life figure that he was.
“Whilst employed by the Deeley Group, Richard has carried himself with great integrity and worked diligently, building a reputation as an approachable and gifted colleague who is always the first to lend a hand.
“No problem is too great for Richard, as his multi-disciplinary skillset and reliable nature enables him to complete a variety of tasks to his usual high standard.
“We would like to thank Richard for his continued service to the Deeley Group. His hard work is valued across the organisation and he fully deserves this year’s award.”
Picture caption: Gail Duxbury, Richard Duxbury, Julie Whelan and Peter Deeley
The Housing 21 team was joined by representatives from Deeley Construction, Oxfordshire County Council and South and Vale District Council, and Osbornes to celebrate the occasion.
Poppy Meadows is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Didcot and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development will offer 60 apartments available for social rent and a further 20 available for shared ownership. Poppy Meadows has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed.
The new homes are being built in the Vale of White Horse district and are being supported with £2.4m funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal to help deliver affordable homes for the community.
Residents will benefit from a range of on-site facilities, including a café/bistro and hair salon, which are also accessible to visitors and the local community. There is also a residents’ lounge, activity room, and communal gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.
Debbie Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone in the development of Poppy Meadows. The scheme will provide much needed affordable homes for older people, with on-site, tailored care and support packages available to help residents live independently for as long as possible. It will also provide space for residents to stay socially connected, safely.”
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to see the development hit this major milestone and to celebrate the great strides our on-site team have made over recent months.
“We have been working in partnership with Housing 21, Quattro and Osbornes on the Poppy Meadows development, and it is these strong partnerships that have enabled construction to progress on track despite current pressures and issues presented by the market and supply chain.
“Our team will continue to work with the local community in Didcot to minimise disruption to the local area on what is a logistically challenging site.”
Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I came along to the groundbreaking ceremony last year, so it is exciting to see the construction work completed so quickly, ready for the final phase to start.
“We are delighted we’ve been able to help bring new homes that people in our district need. These Extra Care homes are in the heart of the community on Great Western Park, giving residents their own independence while still being able to receive the day-to-day support they need.”
Poppy Meadows is set to open in early 2023 and the scheme’s show home will be open from late Summer 2022 Housing 21 is currently taking expressions of interest from those interested in buying or renting an apartment. Any enquiries should be directed to the New Home Team on email@example.com or 0345 608 4021, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
For more information about Housing 21, visit www.housing21.org.uk
Photo caption: Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21; Judy Roberts, South and Vale District Council; Eleanor Deeley, Deeley Group; Lisa Ord, Osbornes.
It sees the companies, which are headquartered under a mile away from each other, work together for the first time since Deeley Construction built Burbidge & Son’s distribution centre a decade ago.
Moreton Edge is a development of 16 new homes, ranging from two-bedroom cottages to a three-storey, five-bedroom home, all built around a private garden and green space.
Kitchen Makers’ kitchens are all handmade made locally in Coventry and the first of the kitchens has now been installed at Moreton Edge.
The high-specification kitchens are made with solid wood and will be hand-painted one of 16 different tints and hues by request of the home owner – giving each home a distinct identity.
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director at the Deeley Group, said: “Burbidge & Son is a highly-respected name and their Kitchen Makers brand slots in perfectly with the bespoke nature of our Moreton Edge development.
“Burbidge & Son is a company that is steeped in history and holds many of the same values as Deeley Group.
“It makes it even better that the company is based a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Coventry and this is a great example of two local companies working together to deliver on a project.”
Ben Burbidge, managing director at Burbidge & Son, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Deeley Homes to introduce our Kitchen Makers’ products into the wonderful new development at Moreton-in-Marsh.
“In the past, we had been the client in the relationship between Burbidge and Deeley, but that has now flipped and we are now doing work for them.
“While our core business is selling kitchens through independent retailers, we have been expanding our offer when it comes to new-build developments.
“The first kitchen is now installed and it looks great. We have been in talks with a number of the buyers at the development about their kitchens and look forward to working with them more closely to create the perfect kitchen for their home at Moreton Edge.”
Moreton Edge is being marketed by Oliver Knight New Homes.
For more information on the development and remaining properties visit www.deeley.co.uk/homes/our-developments/moreton-edge/
To find out more about Kitchen Makers visit www.burbidgekitchenmakers.co.uk
PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Ben Burbidge at Moreton Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh.
Deeley Construction are currently leading on phase two of the Ernesford Grange School construction works and were keen to support some of the local community groups and projects in the neighbourhood to help in the run up to the festive season.
The Council’s Community Resilience Team supported Deeley Construction by linking them into some of the local community organisations in the area, including St John the Divine.
Deeley Construction had supported the local church earlier in the year with a financial contribution towards their Easter hampers for children and families and were keen to offer some support again this Christmas after seeing their great efforts previously and have donated a further £250.
St John the Divine have been supporting hundreds of local families with their school holiday activities alongside many other activities and events they host for the community. This Christmas they are again giving out food hampers to those families in need, alongside holding a live Nativity with animals outside the church for everyone to enjoy. The church has provided dinners to 678 people this Christmas and given hampers to 70 as part of the event.
Reverend Pam Howell, St John the Divine Church, said: “We are very grateful to Deeley Construction for their very kind donation towards the cost of food hampers we will be providing to local families in need this Christmas. This will enable families to be able to celebrate Christmas dinner without taking on debts they cannot afford to repay.
“It also helps towards the cost of the Christmas Outdoor Nativity we are holding on 21 December, when families will act out the Nativity outside with a live camel, donkey, and sheep, and receive catered food to takeaway – we expect around 500 people to attend across the day in safe socially distanced time slots.”
Edward Hudson, Deeley Construction’s Business Development Manager, said: “St John the Divine and the Council are clearly doing a great job not only supporting the community by providing some great festive entertainment but also raising interest in the environment, so we were only too happy to help them again.
“Our work with St John the Divine is just one element of the community engagement we have undertaken during the construction at a local project. Using a local contractor greatly benefits local communities – on the local project 17 per cent of the budget has been committed to social value in the local community.”
Cllr John Mutton, ward councillor in the Binley and Willenhall area, added: “I’m really pleased to see how this kind donation can do so much to help the area enjoy a safe, fun Christmas and can help ease the pressure a little on people struggling over the festive season.”
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The value of generous donations like this from Deeley Construction is enormous. St John the Divine provides a lot of support in the area and this donation just re-enforces the partnership working which benefits so many.”
Photo left to right; Cllr Welsh, Rev Charlotte Jackson- St John the Divine, Cllr Mutton, Rev Pam Howell – St John the Divine, Dagmer Dias- St John the Divine Families Worker, Edward Hudson – Deeley Construction, Sharon Thomas- Community Resilience Team, Cllr Lakha
The firm has delivered the 15,000 sq ft Sofology store to the south of the city centre on John Kempe Way.
LondonMetric Property appointed Deeley Construction to construct the new store earlier this year, with the aim of expanding and enhancing its retail offering.
The project also saw the renovation of the front of the adjacent store at the retail park.
Deeley Construction, which has recently secured carbon neutral status, has completed the project to BREEAM Excellent status, the world’s leading sustainability accreditation.
LondonMetric worked closely with independent energy consultants from the outset of the project to achieve this.
The scheme incorporates an energy efficient envelope with responsible sourcing of materials, renewable technologies to reduce energy emissions and water saving devices. It also features electric vehicle charging points for customer use.
Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “This is the latest in a line of projects we have worked on with LondonMetric Property and is a prime example of what can be achieved through strong, continued partnerships.
“We carried out this project in a live retail park environment and using our extensive experience in these settings were able to keep disruption to nearby retailers and visiting customers to an absolute minimum. This stretched to maintaining access to the adjacent store as we carried out refurbishment works to its façade.
“As we drive towards our target of achieving net zero status by 2036 it is crucial we look to reduce the carbon footprint on all of our developments. During the Sofology build we ensured that sustainable construction was at the heart of the project.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with LondonMetric Property on future developments.”
Sofology opened the new showroom on Saturday December 4 and has created 12 permanent new jobs in the area.
Shaun Cook, Director of Retail at Sofology, said: “As our 55th opening, the new Birmingham store is part of our continuing expansion plans across the UK. We are committed to carbon efficiency and it’s great to know the showroom has been completed to BREEAM standards.”
Tom Pinder, Development Manager of LondonMetric Property, added: “We have a strong partnership with Deeley Construction having completed a number of new-build and refurbishment projects over the years.
“With our own carbon reduction agenda at the forefront of our operations, we are proud to deliver a scheme with such strong sustainability credentials. At a baseline, the shell build has achieved an ‘A’ EPC rating.
“Further to this, the building is future proofed to accommodate an enhanced renewable technology scheme which, if incorporated at a later date, would enhance the shell building further to net-zero carbon status.”
Midlands-based Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, has started work on the major £5 million extension project at Ernesford Grange Community Academy.
A steel frame structure has now been erected and work is expected to be completed on the new building by September 2022. It will be ready for students to use by the next academic year.
It will create new teaching space and classrooms, with the work at Ernesford Grange Academy resulting in around 180 new places for potential students.
The school is part of the Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust which also includes the adjoining Riverbank Academy, a SEN school.
The three-storey expansion is phase two of a project which has already seen Deeley Construction build a state-of-the-art extension for Riverbank Academy.
Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, said: “After the hugely successful first phase of development at the site on Princethorpe Way, we are now making great progress on the second phase.
“Deeley Construction has a proud history dating back 70 years of developing schools in Coventry and this new unit at Ernesford Grange Community Academy will help to create vital school places in this area of the city.
“The new expansion will provide high-quality educational facilities for staff and students that meet the needs of modern day education.
“Our team on site are carrying out the project with minimal disruption to the students attending the school on a day-to-day basis and we will be working with the school to provide valuable work experience opportunities on site over the course of the build.”
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change said: “I’m pleased that a local company has been busy working to create a new school facility. Not only will there be some great new classrooms – there will also be theatre available for community use.
“Biodiversity and sustainability also sit at the heart of this work and the addition of a mini forest is really rather unique.”
Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The opening of these new teaching facilities will not just be great news for the staff and students at Ernesford Grange, it will be great news for Coventry, as the young people who study in these classrooms will hopefully go on to take our city forward.
“The lessons they learn here and the sense of pride and responsibility they take in their new facilities will be building blocks for their future. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and efforts that have gone into such a fantastic project”.
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Mark Ward (Deeley Construction), Denise Burrows (Headteacher, Ernesford Grange Community Academy) and Steve Turner