Sustainability and innovation at the heart of commercial developments

By Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction

We have a proud history of delivering quality developments across the commercial sector with an innovative approach and now that innovation is enabling us to provide sustainable solutions for clients.

Building to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ or BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards is what we strive to achieve and providing highly sustainable facilities near the top of the priority list for clients and funders.

It’s also at the top of our priority list as a developer, particularly as we continue to work towards the challenging target of achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2036.

Our typical commercial sites are part of mixed-use schemes, linked to retail parks or on brownfield sites. We are always seeking to innovate and find alternative solutions, which will not only be environmentally friendly but also make a project more cost effective and viable.

This is vital in what is an increasingly competitive market. The commercial sector, like residential, has slowed down in recent months, with planning and getting key section agreements a challenge.

We are currently on site at Exhall Gate, which we are delivering for Barwood, and by using an alternative ground stabilisation solution we have provided a cost-effective result for the client which is environmentally friendly.

The completed development will be EPC A-rated and is on track to be completed on time and on budget.

We’ll always make sure we understand what the client needs from the outset of a development, but we’ll also seek to challenge the designs and see if we can bring something different to it using our expertise – in many cases making it more economically friendly, while still achieving the end-goal of the client.

That is achieved through value engineering, which ensures developments are cost effective but delivered to the high standard expected of us.

Over the last seven years we have delivered nearly 450,000 sq ft of commercial space – from small starter units to developments of around 70,000 sq ft.

Our approach to delivering projects of lasting value has led to the development of long-standing partnerships in the commercial sector, exemplified by our work with LondonMetric.

We have worked with LondonMetric for more than 10 years, with our first project being at Airport Retail Park in Coventry in 2012 and this month we have completed our latest project with LondonMetric, a Starbucks restaurant in Birmingham.

While our work as a partner for HORIBA-MIRA has been a showcase for how we can deliver technically advanced research and development facilities.

We pride ourselves on our quick decision making, approval process and response times, all of which are factors in the strong long-term relationships we build with our clients.