First Class Students

Two construction property professionals have gone back to put their theory into practice on a major scheme at Coventry University

Clayton Jones and Chris Newman, who both work for city-based Deeley Construction, have just been awarded first class degrees in Construction Management at Coventry University.

Now they are back at their former place of learning, to review the £500,000 project that Deeley Construction are undertaking to help transform the Alan Berry Building.

The project, which is taking four months to complete, will transform the main entrance of the building on University Square.

Twentry-nine year old Chris, a former pupil of Cardinal Newman School and twenty-three year old Clayton, a former pupil at Finham Park School, have been with Deeley Construction for three and five years respectively. Clayton, who is acting as Quantity Surveyor on the project, commented:

“Chris and I have done our training under the senior professionals at Deeley working on sites and projects while continuing our studies towards our degrees.

“We heard the news that we had both got a first while the project to transform the Alan Berry Building was taking place, which was very fitting.

“It is pleasing to be working on a project which is making a difference to such a key building in the city and at the university – and hopefully my former tutors believe I have done a good job!”

The building had to remain open and fully functional during the project, a traffic light system was installed to tell people using the building that noisy works were planned, and an open day was held during the construction period which required strict management.

Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “While we work across the UK, we are very much a Coventry company at heart so to see two local lads train with us and then complete their degrees at Coventry University is really rewarding.

“Construction needs a significant number of young people to join the industry to help with the demand to build in this country. By taking on trainees, we are able to give them hands-on experience whilst learning at college or university.

“We have undertaken several projects for the university in recent years and this particular scheme will make a massive difference to the look of what many people regard as the “front door” to the university.

“The university has – along with the local authority – really driven development and the quality of buildings in recent years and it has made a massive difference to the city in terms of its look and image.”

Deeley Construction is part of the Deeley Group which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is celebrating the landmark year with an 80 mile cycle ride which will raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation which distributes funds to local community projects.